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. Install an unmanaged client so that the user has more control over the computer, such as a test computer, or if the computer is primarily off-site. 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.
Differences between a managed and an unmanaged client
Type
Description
Managed client
Managed clients connect to the
Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
. You administer the client computers from the
Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
console. You use the console to update the client software, security policies, and virus definitions on the managed client computers.
The managed client can get content updates from
Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
, GUPs, the Internet, and LiveUpdate.
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
Version 14.0.1 or later cloud-managed features require a managed client.
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.
The unmanaged client can get content updates from the Internet and LiveUpdate. You must update the content on each client individually.