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What is a live machine?

What is a live machine (in relation to Network/Internet Connection)? If there is more than one machine in a particular network system and one of them is Live, what does it mean?

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The term 'Live Machine' is used in different conjunctions. In networking terminology it is the machine, which is directly accessible over the Internet. This machine could be a multihomed computer having an interface connected to Internet or a Machine hanging off of a DMZ. In other terms it could be referred to as a Production box running critical services.
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This was first published in August 2002

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