Identity Manager provides three primary tools to help you set up and maintain your Identity Manager system: Designer, iManager, and the User Application administration console.
You use Designer to create and configure your Identity Manager system in an off-line environment and then deploy your changes to your live system. You can use iManager to perform the same tasks as Designer and also monitor the health of your system; however, changes you make in iManager are deployed immediately, so we recommend that you use iManager for simple administration tasks and Designer for more complex configuration tasks that require modeling and testing prior to deployment.
You use the User Application administration console to manage the application’s look and feel by creating and modifying pages and portlets. You can also modify application settings, such as caching and logging settings, and configure delegation and proxy settings specific to the User Application’s provisioning functionality.
More information about each of these tools is provided in the following sections: