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What Does Domain Mean?

A domain, in the context of networking, refers to any group of users, workstations, devices, printers, computers and database servers that share different types of data via network resources. There are also many types of subdomains.

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A domain has a domain controller that governs all basic domain functions and manages network security. Thus, a domain is used to manage all user functions, including username/password and shared system resource authentication and access. A domain is also used to assign specific resource privileges, such as user accounts.

Techopedia Explains Domain

In a simple network domain, many computers and/or workgroups are directly connected. A domain is comprised of combined systems, servers and workgroups. Multiple server types may exist in one domain – such as Web, database and print – and depend on network requirements.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.