To install and configure User Environment Manager, you must get familiar with the User Environment Manager components and terminology.

Table 1. User Environment Manager Terminology
Component or Term Description
Management Console The User Environment Manager Management Console that is the main interface that you can use to manage user profiles.
Flex configuration file A configuration file where you define all application, Windows, and user environment settings. You create and manage Flex configuration files by using the Management Console.
User Environment Manager configuration share The UNC path to the share where the Management Console configuration and User Environment Manager configuration files are stored.
FlexEngine The User Environment Manager client component that you must install on each physical or virtual Windows device where you use User Environment Manager.
Profile archives Profile archives are ZIP files where FlexEngine stores the personalized settings of users, based on the content of Flex configuration files. For each Flex configuration file that you create, FlexEngine creates a profile archive for each user.
Profile archives path The path that FlexEngine uses to store the profile archives for individual users.
Profile archives backup path The path that FlexEngine uses to store backups of the profile archives.
General folder A folder that is named General, that the Management Console creates in the User Environment Manager configuration share. This folder is the location where Flex configuration files are created, managed, and used from by FlexEngine.

User Environment Manager Infrastructure

Besides the core User Environment Manager components, you can also use tools such as Application Profiler, SyncTool, and Helpdesk Support tool. All components of User Environment Manager that you deploy communicate between each other by using the SMB protocol.

Figure 1. User Environment Manager Infrastructure
block diagram for configuration