DRUPAL: How to use Rules to create child nodes from parent and populate child fields from parent fields

I use the Drupal content management system as a companion to the Selenium automation tools so that I get robust reporting and data manipulation. I also use it to perform parameterized data driven test scripts. I decided to use Drupal and Selenium for an update/deployment mechanism for my testing framework ... so that if there were any updates to framework based files (including user-extensions) in our local machines c:\selenium directory, an Update node (form entry) could be created on the frameworks website.