Choosing whether to download cloud-based or local-based definitions using the client installation type

When you specify a Windows client installation package, you must choose whether to download definitions from the cloud or locally. The cloud-enabled options include a standard client and an embedded/VDI client.
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also includes a dark network installation for clients that are not connected to the cloud.
If you want to change between the Windows client installation types:
Standard client
,
Embedded or VDI
,
Dark network
, at a later time after client installation, you
must
first uninstall the existing client software, reconfigure these settings, and then reinstall the new client package.
Download options for clients
Standard client
Dark network client
Embedded/VDI client
  • Uses virus and spyware definitions in the cloud.
  • Installs only the latest virus and spyware definitions on disk.
    The standard client is approximately 80 percent to 90 percent smaller on disk than legacy standard or dark network Windows clients.
  • Handles AutoUpgrade with deltas rather than full installation.
  • Cannot use definitions in the cloud.
  • Intended for clients with intermittent or no access to the cloud.
  • Installs the full set of virus and spyware definitions.
  • Similar to legacy standard-size client; uses reputation lookups for Download Insight and SONAR if connected to the cloud.
  • Handles AutoUpgrade with deltas rather than full installation.
  • Uses virus and spyware definitions in the cloud.
  • Installs only the latest virus and spyware definitions.
    The client is approximately 80 percent to 90 percent smaller on disk than dark network Windows clients.
  • The embedded/VDI client includes more size optimizations than the standard client:
    • The installer cache does not save after installation completes. This change means you cannot remove or modify the installation through the Control Panel unless you first copy the installation package to the client computer.
    • The embedded client employs NTFS compression on more folders than the standard client.
  • Handles AutoUpgrade with full installation packages; cannot use deltas.
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