18.1 Using GCVs to Adapt the Driver Configuration File to Changing Environments

GCVs help driver configuration files adapt to changing environments by externalizing environment-specific, such as placement contexts, domain names, IP addresses, usernames, dates, and times.

It is a bad practice to configure the driver to prompt for information during import and then add the answer directly into policy code. The better approach is to store the answer in a GCV and make the policies reference the GCV. If the answer to the prompt is wrong or the environment changes, the answer also needs to change. It is much simpler to change a single GCV value than to go through all policies that have the value and change the value in each policy.

By adding the configuration data as a GCV, the GCVs become the controls of the driver.