Oracle Fusion Middleware Administration Guide for Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition

Comparison of dsadm and dsconf

The following table shows a comparison of the dsadm and dsconf commands.

Table 1–1 Comparison of the dsadm and dsconf Commands

dsadm Command

dsconf Command


Administration commands that must be run directly on the local host. For example:

  • Starting and stopping the server

  • Creating a server instance

Administration commands that can be run from a remote host. For example:

  • Enabling replication

  • Setting cache size


The server must be stopped (except for the dsadm stop and dsadm info commands).

The server is identified by the server instance path (instance-path).

You must have OS access permissions to the server instance path. 

The server must be running.  

The server is identified by host name (-h) port (-p) or LDAPS secure port (-P).

If you do not specify a port number, dsconf uses the default port (389 for LDAP).

You must have LDAP access permissions to configuration data, for example, as the user cn=admin,cn=Administrators,cn=config.