You add Windows clients to be in either user mode or computer mode, based on how you want to apply policies to the clients in groups. After a user or a computer is added to a group, it assumes the policies that were assigned to the group.
When you add a client, it defaults to computer mode, which takes precedence over user mode. Symantec recommends that you use computer mode. Linux clients are only installed in computer mode.
When you deploy a client installation package, you specify which group the client goes in. You can later specify the client to be in user mode or computer mode. If the client later gets deleted or disconnected and then gets added again and reconnected, the client returns to the original group. However, you can configure the client to stay with the group it was last moved to in user mode or computer mode. For example, a new user might log on to a client that is configured in user mode. The client then stays in the group that the previous user was in.
You configure these settings by clicking Clients > Policies, and then Communications Settings.
To switch a Windows client between user mode and computer mode
In the console, click Clients.
On the Clients page, under Clients, select the group that contains the user or computer.
On the Clients tab, right-click the computer or the user name in the table, and then select either Switch to Computer Mode or Switch to User Mode.
This mode is a toggle setting so one or the other always displays. The information in the table changes to reflect the new setting.