Service Management Facilities, SMF, current and Future

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Service Management Facilities, SMF, current and Future

Google Tech Talks
June 13, 2007


Liane Praza, the tech lead on Solaris Service Management Facility will talk about the current and future plans for SMF.

The Service Management Facility has improved several aspects of the Solaris administrative model. Some of the most notable updates are:

  • Services are represented as first-class objects that can be viewed (using the new svcs(1) command) and managed (using svcadm(1M) and svccfg(1M)).
  • Failed services are automatically restarted in dependency order, whether they failed as the result of administrator error, software bug, or were affected by an uncorrectable hardware error.
  • More information is available about misconfigured or misbehaving services, including an explanation of why a service isn't running (using "svcs -x"), as well as individual, persistent log files for each service.
  • Problems during the boot process are easier to debug, as boot verbosity can be controlled, service startup messages are logged, and console access is provided more reliably during startup failures.
  • Snapshots of service configurations are taken automatically, making it easier to backup, restore, and undo changes to services.
  • Services can be enabled and disabled using a supported tool (svcadm(1M)), allowing the changes to persist across upgrades and patches.
  • Administrators can securely delegate tasks to non-root users more easily, including the ability to configure, start, stop, or restart services (as described in the smf_security(5) man page).
  • Large systems boot faster by starting services in parallel according to their dependencies.

Despite these changes, compatibility with existing administrative practices has been preserved wherever possible. For example, most site-local and ISV-supplied "rc" scripts will still work as usual.

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