The Service Management Facility (SMF) August 8, 2012,
Volume 174, Issue 2
Rick Ramsey provides links to two articles by Glynn Foster on the Service Management Facility (SMF) in Oracle Solaris 11. The first article is titled, "Introducing the Basics of the Service Management Facility in Oracle Solaris 11," and the second is "Advanced Administration with the Service Management Facility in Oracle Solaris 11." In the first article Foster explains what the SMF does, and how to perform basic services administration with it, including how to use the svcadm, svcs, svcprop, and svcfg commands to get information about, and manage, your system services. Foster devotes the second article to a description of service bundles, which you can use to deliver custom configuration across systems, and to SMF profiles, which modify services to suit a particular installation. He also discusses the use of layers, and of site profiles to manage them, to track vendor-supplied customizations and administrative customizations for services and instances of services in four discrete layers.