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Hi,

I think it will benefit us in the long run if we have good naming
convention for all the hostnames. I am interested in knowing how other
people name their network nodes, can you get me
some good documents in this areas.

I think these are the common nodes that need descriptive hostname:
  PC  (e.g. eagle-pc)
  MAC (e.g. apple-mac)
  Unix workstation
  NT workstation
  Notebook version of all above
  Novell workstation
  Network printer: Appletalk, HP JetDirect, ...
  Routers: Frame Relay, ISDN, Lease line ..
           10 BT, 100BT, TR, FDDI, ATM, ...
           Purpose: firewall, labs, lans, wans
  Switch: 10 BT, 100BT, TR, FDDI, ATM, ...
  Hub:    10 BT, 100BT, TR, FDDI, ...
  CSU/DSU
  Servers: file, application, backup, licences, CDROM, database ...
  ...
 
Of course, this can go into different levels of detail (manufacturer, OS
version, ..), I think this should be the right level of information
conveyed by the hostname for most people.

TIA

-Joe Choy
choy@best.com
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Hi Joe,

Unfortunately, I don't know if any book has ever been written on this subject so I will go from experience.  

Naming convention is very different from one organization to another.  There are some common names found through the Internet.  These usually go by machine function (purpose) rather than hardware type.  For example, the name server (DNS) is often named ns.yourdomain.com and sometime you will find ns2.yourdomain.com as secondary name server.  The news server is almost always called news.yourdomain.com.  The external gateway is often called border1.yourdomain.com or simply border.

As for the remainder of the machines, I found that a lot of people use TV characters or planet names.  This is most annoying when it's time to troubleshoot.  What I like, and this is my personnal preference, is a structured system where you create a 8 letter hostname from the office function/branch/department, specialty and sequence number.

For example the workstation 6 in the sales department could be named salews6.yourdomain.com.

This way will provide you so much more structure and will simplify your life when you are troubleshooting.

Hope this helps a bit.

Marc St-Onge
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