This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
In a service environment, the production machine is the one you run your service on -- i.e., the corporate application server. The opposite of a production server -- which has to run all the time -- is a development or test machine, which you can tear apart and break as needed.