Chapter 5. The Basics of Managing the IdM Server and Services

This chapter describes the Identity Management command-line and UI tools that are available to manage the IdM server and services, including methods for authenticating to IdM.

5.1. Starting and Stopping the IdM Server

A number of different services are installed together with an IdM server, including Directory Server, Certificate Authority (CA), DNS, Kerberos, and others. Use the ipactl utility to stop, start, or restart the entire IdM server along with all the installed services.
To start the entire IdM server:
# ipactl start
To stop the entire IdM server:
# ipactl stop
To restart the entire IdM server:
# ipactl restart
If you only want to stop, start, or restart an individual service, use the systemctl utility, described in the System Administrator's Guide. For example, using systemctl to manage individual services is useful when customizing the Directory Server behavior: the configuration changes require restarting the Directory Server instance, but it is not necessary to restart all the IdM services.


To restart multiple IdM domain services, Red Hat always recommends to use ipactl. Because of dependencies between the services installed with the IdM server, the order in which they are started and stopped is critical. The ipactl utility ensures that the services are started and stopped in the appropriate order.