How to Change / Reset ias_admin Password

— ias_adminis user required to use Enterprise Manager Web (aka Application Server Console – iASConsole) Site.
ias_admin passwordis set during Installation of Oracle Application Server (902, 904, 10.1.2.X) or Oracle Identity Management (Infra Tier 10.1.4.X)
ias_admin account is NOT stored in OID (Oracle Internet Directory), It is stored in XML file (JAZN-XML –  Java AuthoriZatioN)  (More on JAZN-XML & JAZN-LDAP coming soon..)

How to Reset / Change ias_admin Password

You can reset/change ias_admin password in following ways

1. Using Enterprise Manager (Application Server Control) Web Site
–Login to Instance Home Page
–Click on Preferences on top right
–In new screen, click on “Change Password” on left menu
–Enter current password and New Password

2. Using Command line tool
emctl set password <old_password> <new_password>
emctl set password welcome1 welcome2(Here welcome1 is current ias_admin password and welcome2 is new password which you wish to reset)

If you don’t know current ias_admin password then change it in configuration file


3. Change ias_admin password directly in configuration file
–Backup $ORACLE_HOME/sysman/j2ee/config/jazn-data.xml
–Search for entry like below


and Update new password (welcome2 like )


Note ! (Exclamation Mark in front of password. This signifies that password is stored in clear text)



Oracle 10g AS Change ias_admin Password Doc
Oracle 10g AS Reset ias_admin Password DOC

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idea says July 11, 2008

So much spelling mistakes and sentences are not completly

read this

So much spelling mistakes and sentences are not completed properly ….

Ramnik Gupta says July 12, 2008

Hey Mr. Idea,

Thanks for your comments for Atul’s blog.

I have one advise for you. If you have caliber to do something then start your own blog rather commenting on spelling mistakes and sentences why don’t you contribute to Oracle community.

As far as I know Atul given his family time to give us knowledge about Oracle various product. It is not the teaching class. This is the platform where all kind of users (freshers and experienced) visiting and taking benefits of this blog (site).

So please see the positive side and don’t give the comments which negative in nature. If you concern like the topic you like see on this blog share with us what you are looking for.

Still I appreciate your comments but should see the contents properly yourself before advising Atul on this.

Hope you understand.

Ramnik Gupta

naveed says July 14, 2008

Hi ,

I tried Changing ias_admin password directly in configuration file but still not able to connect.
Do we need to bounce any services ?


Atul says July 14, 2008

Yes you need to bounce iasconsole like

emctl stop iasconsole
emctl start iasconsole

Thanks for pointing this out, I’ll add this step in post.

idea says July 14, 2008

Thanks for your advise Ramnik. My only intention is if you are writing blog should complete your post properly and check the spelling and sentences makes your blog good.

I have caliber to run my own blog but it is has nothing to do with giving right feedback.

I hope you also understand now what I means to say.

Good luck…………

Saurabh says July 14, 2008

Hi Atul

Thanks a lot for this very useful note.

Atul says July 14, 2008

We respect your comment and will be more careful in future (where ever possible)

As suggested by Ramnik, comment on topics which you would like to see on this site and we will try to accomodate on this blog.

manikumar says October 7, 2008

Hi Atul,

Is it possible JAZN LDAP Authentication in Obiee?

Paul says October 20, 2008

This is a good and useful article. Appreciate your time specially your family time. Keep it up.

Guest says June 16, 2009

what happens when an Oracle 10g Database is restarted. Does is Serve the instance better if the database is not restarted frequently.
Related to backup if doing hotbackups and leaving the database up – does this improve the performance as apposed to shuuting dwon each noght for a cold backup.

emacel says January 25, 2010

@Mr. Idea,

You writing about spelling mistakes doing your own:

(…)I hope you also understand now what I means to say.(…)

I mean, not I means.


Paul says January 26, 2010

Mr. Idea,
Let us know when you start your new blog…

you are doing excellent work. Keep it up.

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Dash says July 22, 2010

Hi Atul – For the first time i tried changing the ias_admin password from the config file and it worked great. Your blog helped me in this. Thank you very much.


rafi says December 28, 2010

Very much useful post………..


Dagger says February 3, 2011

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Janet says July 3, 2012

It was very helpful! I was almost going to give up and install OAS again!
Thank you!

acantor says October 17, 2013

How Reset ias_admin password

1.- Stop Services 10.1.2
On UNIX systems: $ORACLE_HOME/bin/emctl stop iasconsole
2. Locate and backup the jazn-data.xml (10.1.2) or system-jazn-data.xml (10.1.3) file:
On UNIX systems: $ORACLE_HOME/sysman/j2ee/config/jazn-data.xml
3. Edit the jazn-data.xml / system-jazn-data.xml file depending on the Application Server version in a text editor and locate the line that defines the credentials property for the ias_admin user:

The following example shows the section of jazn-data.xml with the encrypted credentials entry in boldface type:



4. Replace the existing encrypted password with the new password.
Be sure to prefix the password with an exclamation point (!). For example:


5. Start the Application Server Console:
On UNIX systems: $ORACLE_HOME/bin/emctl start iasconsole

6. Login to the Application Server Console and authenticate with the ias_admin user (10.1.2) or the oc4jadmin user (10.1.3) and the new password.


Oracle Application Server
Oracle Application Server Administrator’s Guide 10g Release 2 (10.1.2)
J.3.1.1 Resetting the Administrator (ias_admin) Password

Oracle Application Server 10.1.3.X
Oracle Application Server Administrator’s Guide 10g Release 3 (
Part Number B28940-01
H.3.1 Resetting the Administrator (oc4jadmin) Password

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