Environments are logical groupings of Workflow computers and are meant to organize a group of servers for deployment. You can create two different types of environments for different purposes, but the main purpose is to set up an environment for publishing workflows. The two types of environments are managed and unmanaged environments.
Typically, a managed environment is your production environment. Only users with specific permissions can publish through the Workflow Designer to a managed server. Most often, publishing to managed environments happens through the console. If an admin wants to allow users without publishing permissions to request a workflow to published, there is a template available. This template is a workflow that sets up a default to send requests to an email address. The template is not published on the server by default, but can be found at the following location:
Unmanaged environments usually serve as test environments and you can deploy from the Designer to servers in an unmanaged environment.
You may also want to enable validate environment and auto-publish. Validate environment tells you when an environment could be problematic and if it is problematic what the problem is. Auto-publish automatically updates the environment whenever Symantec releases an update to its Workflows through SIM. The auto-publish option is only for enterprise-related workflows from Symantec.