Services are persistently running applications. A service can represent a running application, the software state of a device, or a set of other services. The Service Management Facility (SMF) feature of the Oracle Solaris is used to add, remove, configure, and manage services. SMF uses rights management to control access to service management functions on the system. In particular, SMF uses authorizations to determine who can manage a service and what functions that person can perform.
SMF enables organizations to control access to services, as well as to control how those services are started, stopped, and refreshed.
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