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Introducing Quest Reporter : Glossary : P

Parent Domain
For DNS and Active Directory, domains that are located in the namespace tree directly above other derivative domain names (child domains).
Parent Object
The object that is the immediate superior of another object in a hierarchy. A parent object can have multiple subordinate or child objects.
Primary Domain Controller (PDC)
The first controller created in a domain. It contains the primary storehouse for domain data.
A rule associated with an object to regulate access to a particular object on the network. For example, a user may have read and write access to a file on the network.
An attribute of a Windows network object. Examples include a user's password, groups to which a user belongs, and a group's description.