dsadm restore must be run offline, that is, when the Directory Server instance is stopped. This command must be run on the local server containing the Directory Server instance.
dsconf restore can be run online and remote to the Directory Server instance.
Binary restore has the following advantages:
All suffixes can be restored at the same time.
The replication change log is restored.
Binary restore is significantly faster than restoring from an LDIF file.
Binary restore has the following limitations:
Restoration can be performed only on a server with an identical configuration, as defined in Binary Backup. For more information about restoring data with the binary restore feature, see Binary Restore in Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3 Administration Guide.
If you are not aware that your database was corrupt when you performed the binary backup, you risk restoring a corrupt database. Binary backup creates an exact copy of the database.
Binary restore is the preferred restoration method if the machines have an identical configuration and time is a major consideration.
The following figure assumes that M1 and M2 have an identical configuration and that M3 and M4 have an identical configuration. In this scenario, M1 or M2 can be restored from the binary backup of M1 (db1). M3 or M4 can be restored from the binary backup of M3 (db2).