Configuration properties for both agent types tend to be very similar in terms of functionality.
All agent configurations have an OpenSSOAgentBootstrap.properties file. Regardless of the configuration type, local or centralized, a small subset of properties that are required for the agent to start up and initialize itself are stored in the bootstrap file locally on the server where the agent is installed. This bootstrap file can only be configured by editing it directly. You cannot use either OpenSSO Enterprise Console or the ssoadm command-line utility to edit this file.
When the agents are installed using a centralized configuration (an option available starting with Policy Agent 3.0), both agent types allow the configuration properties, except those located in the OpenSSOAgentBootstrap.properties file, to be configured using either OpenSSO Enterprise Console or the ssoadm command-line utility.
If an agent is configured locally on the agent host, then for both agent types, the properties that are not stored in the bootstrap file must be configured by directly editing the OpenSSOAgentConfiguration.properties file.