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The boot-archive service is controlled by SMF. The service instance is svc:/system/boot-archive:default. The svcadm command is used to enable and disable services.
If the boot-archive service is disabled, automatic recovery of the boot archives upon a system reboot might not occur. As a result, the boot archives could become unsynchronized or corrupted, preventing the system from booting.
To determine whether the boot-archive service is running, use the svcs command, as follows:
$ svcs boot-archive STATE STIME FMRI online Mar_31 svc:/system/boot-archive:default
In this example, the output of the svcs command indicates that the boot-archive service is online.
For more information, see How to Obtain Administrative Rights in Oracle Solaris Administration: Security Services.
# svcadm enable | disable system/boot-archive
# svcs boot-archive
If the service is running, the output displays an online service state.
STATE STIME FMRI online 9:02:38 svc:/system/boot-archive:default
If the service is not running, the output indicates that the service is offline.
For more information troubleshooting boot archive update failures, see Maintaining the Integrity of the Boot Archives.