The data in the service configuration repository includes snapshots, as well as a configuration that can be edited. Data about each service instance is stored in the snapshots. The standard snapshots are as follows:
initial – Taken on the first import of the manifest
running – Used when the service methods are executed
start – Taken at the last successful start
The SMF service always executes with the running snapshot. This snapshot is automatically created if it does not exist.
The svcadm refresh command, sometimes followed by the svcadm restart command, makes a snapshot active. The svccfg command is used to view or revert to instance configurations in a previous snapshot. See How to Revert to Another SMF Snapshot for more information.