How to manage naming conventions for servers and desktop PCs

This user-submitted tip reveals an easy way to manage naming conventions for Windows servers and desktop PCs.

We have over 14,000 users in our local domain and over 65,000 nationwide and found the easiest to manage naming conventions includes a 3 hex digit ID of the segment followed by 3 hex digits for the device. A leading Alpha designation specifies server, workstation, printer, router, switch, etc. The unique final 3 digits of servers are assigned by function: AD, Member Server, SMS server, etc.

Thus, we know exactly what kind of device is sending an alert and where to locate it. A searchable database by segment also gives us the local contact for the site, etc.

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This was first published in June 2007

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