This article explains the difference between a network and a standalone installation for the Raiser's Edge, Financial Edge, and Education Edge.
A network installation creates a deploy folder that is used to deploy the program to workstations. A network installation is typically used for a server/client environment. The program will first be installed on the server, and then to the workstations using the deploy folder.
A standalone installation does not create a deploy folder. A standalone installation is typically used for a scenario where only one computer or one user will be accessing the program and no other workstations or computers will connect to it in order to access the database. Other scenarios may include a need for a machine used for testing or retrieving data from a backup.