Distribution server VS Direct connected

Distribution server VS Direct connected

Testing out EndPointCentral and got a question.
How do you manage your laptops, when they are away from the office and Distribution server ?

Is it necessary to have 2 different installations ? One for Desktops located in reach of the Distribution server and a direct installation for Laptops without the DS.
Or will the Laptops automatically search for online servers, when they are unable to connect to the DS ?

Thanks for your input.

Kind regards,

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