Change Profiles configuration property values 

Configuration settings control how and when various Profiles operations take place. You can edit the settings to change the ways that profiles behave.

Before you begin

To edit configuration files, use the wsadmin client. See Starting the wsadmin client for information about how to start the wsadmin command-line tool.

About this task

Configure Profiles using scripts accessed with the wsadmin client. These scripts use the AdminConfig object available in the IBM WAS wsadmin client to interact with the Profiles configuration file. Changes to configuration settings require node synchronization and a restart of the Profiles server before they take effect.

Note: There are no Profiles application administrative tools for adding or removing a user's profile. If you want to add or remove a profile for a person, add or remove that person's entry from the corporate LDAP directory system. Use that directory's native tools to create and delete user entries. When you perform standard synchronization tasks on the Profiles database, the profiles are updated. If you add a new user to the LDAP directory, a profile is created for that user. If you remove a user entry from the LDAP directory, that user's profile is removed. See Synchronize user data between Profiles and the LDAP directory for more details.

To change Profiles configuration settings...


  1. From the dmgr host:

      cd $DMGR_PROFILE/bin
      ./ -jython

      If prompted to specify a service to connect to, type 1 to pick the first node in the list. Most commands can run on any node. If the command writes or reads information to or from a file using a local file path, pick the node where the file is stored.

  2. Check out the Profiles configuration files:

      ProfilesConfigService.checkOutConfig("<working_directory>", "<cell_name>")where:

      • <working_directory> is the temporary working directory to which the configuration XML and XSD files are copied and are stored while you make changes to them. Use forward slashes (/) to separate directories in the file path, even if you are using the Microsoft Windows operating system.

          Note: AIX and Linux only: The directory must grant write permissions or the command does not complete successfully.

      • <cell_name> is the name of the WAS cell hosting the Profiles application. This argument is required. It is also case-sensitive, so type it with care. If you do not know the cell name, you can determine it by typing the following command in the wsadmin command processor: print AdminControl.getCell()

      For example:

      • AIX or Linux:


      • Microsoft Windows:


  • To change a Profiles configuration setting, use the following command:

  • Optional:┬áRepeat the previous step once for each property setting you want to change.

    What to do next

    You must check the configuration files back in after making changes, and they must be checked in during the same wsadmin session in which they were checked out for the changes to take effect. See Apply property changes for details.

    Parent topic

    Administer Profiles

    Related tasks

    Synchronize user data between Profiles and the LDAP directory
    Apply property changes in Profiles