A configuration element is a list of attributes you can use to configure constants across a whole Orchestrator server deployment.
All the workflows, actions and policies running in a particular Orchestrator server can use the attributes you set in a configuration element. Setting attributes in configuration elements lets you make the same attribute values available to all the workflows, actions and policies running in the Orchestrator server.
If you create a package containing a workflow, action or policy that uses an attribute from a configuration element, Orchestrator automatically includes the configuration element in the package. If you import a package containing a configuration element into another Orchestrator server, you can import the configuration element attribute values as well. For example, if you create a workflow that requires attribute values that depend on the Orchestrator server on which it runs, setting those attributes in a configuration element lets you to export that workflow so that another Orchestrator server can use it. Configuration elements therefore allow you to exchange workflows, actions and policies between servers more easily.
You cannot import values of a configuration element attribute from a configuration element exported from Orchestrator 5.1 or earlier.