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U-M Windows Test Forest

The U-M Windows test forest has been designed to provide a safe testing and learning environment for Windows Active Directory related activities. The test forest allows new Windows administrators to become familiar with Active Directory in a setting that will not adversely affect users in their department. The test forest is also used to test new applications and Active Directory schema changes.

U-M Production and Test Forest Similarities

The production (prod) and test forests share a number of similarities, which make the test forest a good "testbed" for projects that will eventually be moved to the prod forest:

U-M Production and Test Forest Differences

Despite a number of similarities, the prod and test forests differ in significant ways:

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