Developing A Naming Convention for Your Network


      While setting up a network, naming all of the individual computers connected one-by-one can be a chore. Although many of us find it amusing to use names like Darth Vader for our individual computers, the painstaking task of accomplishing it can be quite tricky and take a lot of time. A more straightforward method of tackling this task is creating a naming convention that allows you to ascertain relevant information describing the target host or hosts. Taking your time to set up your naming convention can save countless hours of work and create a pain-free environment when adding new computers to the network; this is especially important if you or your company plans to grow.

It will help if you put some thought into this. A good tip for creating a good naming convention is to use parsability, or merely using combinations of acronyms representing real-world information of the intended computer.  It is also a great idea to understand permanence when deciding what to use for identifying names. For example, if you named a computer “Lobby 1,” you would have to change it if that computer ever moved into a different office. You could include some vital information in your naming convention: operating environment, location, usage type, company division/department, employee’s username, employee employment type, platform, HW portability, and the client/server it is on. By following these guidelines, you should be well on your way in creating a logical and straightforward naming convention you can use, which will make you and everyone else’s life a bit easier.

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Source: Pierre Dumoulin. TechRepublic. Web. 07 Nov 2006. 16 Jan 2017.




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