System Administration Guide: Basic Administration

Stand-Alone Systems

A networked stand-alone system can share information with other systems in the network. However, it can continue to function if detached from the network.

A stand-alone system can function autonomously because it has its own hard disk that contains the root (/), /usr, and /export/home file systems and swap space. Thus, the stand-alone system has local access to OS software, executables, virtual memory space, and user-created files.

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A stand-alone system requires sufficient disk space to hold its necessary file systems.

A non-networked stand-alone system is a stand-alone system with all the characteristics just listed, except it is not connected to a network.