System Administration Guide: Basic Administration

Guidelines for Choosing System Types

You can determine which system types are appropriate for your environment by comparing each system type based on the following characteristics:

Centralized administration:


Disk space usage

How much disk space is required to effectively deploy this configuration?

This table describes how each system type scores in terms of each characteristic. A ranking of 1 is most efficient. A ranking of 4 is least efficient.

Table 6–2 Comparison of System Types

System Type 

Centralized Administration 


Disk Space Usage 

Stand-alone system 

Diskless client