Not sure about Solaris 11 but in Solaris 10 you type:
svcadm enable time:stream
svcadm enable time:dgram
to enable rdate service. But the bigger question is why??? ntp is much more secure and more widely used these days...
I get the following error when i run the default commands. any ideas?
# svcs -xv svc:network/time:stream
Reason: Service is incomplete, defined only by profile /etc/svc/profile/generic.xml
Impact: This service is not running.
# svcs -xv svc:network/time:dtgram
svcs: Pattern 'svc:network/time:dtgram' doesn't match any instances
Yes, but rdate is coming from very old VxWorks systems that cannot be modified. So we are stuck with rdate.
Since it's not a recommended service any longer, it's not installed by default. "pkg search in.timed" will get you the package name (service/network/legacy-network-services). Once you install it, you'll be able to enable it as Bob suggests.