Before you can do any configuration, you need to set up the environment then start the Directory Server.
You need to
The command to start the Directory Server is mfds. You need to log in as root before you run mfds.
The commands to set up the environment and start the Directory Server can be inserted into your startup shell script; then the Directory Server will be started automatically when the machine is started. The mfds command must be inserted after the command to start up TCP/IP, because the Directory Server needs TCP/IP to be running. If the command has been added to your startup shell script you would normally need to start the Directory Server only if you had shut it down since you started the machine.