What is a Child Production Domain

May 5, 2009 at 01:18:55
Specs: Windows XP, 2gb
This might sound like a stupid question, but throughout my MS study material I keep coming across references to "Child Production" domains, or "Global Child Production" domains.

I thought a simple Google search would clear up exactly what a GCPD was, but it hasn't.

Is it simply a child domain that's used by devs and such for testing applications ? Or is it something that generally considered part of a good Active Directory structure, and if so, why ?

Thanks in advance for any pointers on this one.

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May 5, 2009 at 07:30:02
The term "production" normally refers to a device, or domain, or whatever, that's actually in use for business purposes. This is as compared to say, a server you're using to lab something out which would refer to a server not connected to your business domain that you use as a test bed for whatever.


You buy a new server. You install the OS and update it. Now you assign it TCP/IP info for your network, rack it up, connect it to the network and bring it into production (ie: start it up, put some services on it and make them available to the users in the domain/network)

So remove the term "production" or the letter "P" from your searches and you should find what you're looking for.

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