System Administration Guide: IP Services

DHCP Service and the Service Management Facility

The Service Management Facility (SMF) is described in Chapter 18, Managing Services (Overview), in System Administration Guide: Basic Administration. The SMF svcadm command can be used to enable and start the DHCP server, and disable and stop the DHCP server. However, you cannot use SMF commands to modify the DHCP service options that the DHCP tools allow you to set. In particular, service options that are stored in the /etc/dhcp/dhcpsvc.conf file cannot be set by using the SMF tools.

The following table maps DHCP commands to the equivalent SMF commands.

Table 15–1 SMF Commands For DHCP Server Tasks


DHCP Command 

SMF Command 

Enable DHCP service 

dhcpconfig -S -e

svcadm enable svc:/network/dhcp-server

Disable DHCP service 

dhcpconfig -S -d

svcadm disable svc:/network/dhcp-server

Start DHCP service for current session only 


svcadm enable -t svc:/network/dhcp-server

Stop DHCP service for current session 


svcadm disable -t svc:/network/dhcp-server

Restart DHCP service 

dhcpconfig -S -r

svcadm restart svc:/network/dhcp-server