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With a Self-Managed configuration, the user is completely responsible for the installation and ongoing system administration and maintenance of the system. As such, the user can run any arbitrary Linux distribution. While the IT staff may be able to provide limited assistance, there should be no expectation of any ongoing support. It is the responsibility of the user to maintain system security in both the initial configuration and with ongoing patch management. Systems deemed to be vulnerable to exploit will be removed from the network.

Comparison Matrix

Feature

Unified Server

Unified Workstation

Hybrid

Standalone

Self-Managed

Administrative Overhead - Staff

Low

Low

Moderate

High

Low

Administrative Overhead - User

Low

Low

Low

Low

High

Common Home Directories

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Automatic Home Directory Backups

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Access to Large Local Software Repository

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Ability to Run Arbitrary Linux Distribution

No

No

No

Limited

Yes

Sudo Access Level

Variable

Variable

Variable

Variable

Unrestricted

Kerberos Authentication For Home Directory Access

No

Yes

No

No

No

Dependence on Central Network/Server Infrastructure

High

High

Low

Low

Low

Access to Local System Storage Space

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Access to Large Central Networked Storage Space

Yes

Yes

Restricted

Restricted

Restricted

Hosting in Secure Machine Room

Required

Optional

Optional

Optional

Limited

Can Reside In an Insecure Location

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes