About managed and unmanaged clients

Article:HOWTO80767  |  Created: 2012-10-24  |  Updated: 2014-09-21  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO80767
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About managed and unmanaged clients

You can install the client software as a managed client or as an unmanaged client. In most cases, you should install a managed client. You may want to install an unmanaged client if you want the user to have more control over the computer, such as a test computer. Make sure that the unmanaged client users have the appropriate level of knowledge to configure any security settings that are different from the default settings.

You can convert an unmanaged client to a managed client at a later time by replacing the client-server communications file on the client computer.

Table: Differences between a managed and an unmanaged client

Type

Description

Managed client

You administer the clients from the console. Managed client computers connect to your network. You use the console to update the client software, security policies, and virus definitions on the managed client computers.

In most cases, you install the client software as a managed client.

You can install a managed client in one of the following ways:

  • During initial product installation

  • From the console after installation

Unmanaged client

The primary computer user must administer the client computer. An unmanaged client does not connect to Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager and cannot be administered from the console. In most cases, unmanaged clients connect to your network intermittently or not at all. The primary computer user must update the client software, security policies, and virus definitions on the unmanaged client computer.

See Obtaining an unmanaged Symantec Endpoint Protection client installation package.

See Installing an unmanaged Windows client.

See Why do I need to replace the client-server communications file on the client computer?.

See Preparing for client installation.


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