Computer naming conventions - sequential numbers, usernames, physical locations?

Posted on 2006-06-01
Last Modified: 2009-05-10
I don't think there's a right or wrong answer here, but I would like to hear experts comments on this:

What do you recommend naming PCs?

1) sequential numbers, maybe with d for desktop L for laptop in there somehow?  if someone wants to share something though, then it's not obvious where \\pc05\printer is located.  or if you want to connect to a share on taht machine... what is your machine name?  not hard to find out, but takes a couple extra steps

2) username01 like SBS will offer to do?  But the big issue for this is when that person moves on... the machine will likely stay in that location.  and if they are sharing a local printer, then down the road, there's confusion about why is that called \\bob01\printer.  if you change the pc name when bob moves on, then the mapped shares have to be changed.

3) physical location - president01, accounting02?  if / when the machine moves, then you have to change it.  Some sitations, all the PCs are in a single open office, people's roles change so you'd have vague names / numbers.. like the first choice above.

Any other ideas?  Certainly not mission critical but I am interested what the experts do.  I'll be sure to share points for those that offer their thoughts.

thank you for your help.
Question by:Techsupportwhiz
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    I favour 'significant' names based on brand, users , brand-users or cities, various names.  My printers are mostly network printers,  so they stand on their own.
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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    I always use option 2 (username01) because it's easiest for folks to find their computer when using Remote Web Workplace... as well it's easy for me to know what's what.  If someone leaves and a new person starts, it's quite easy to rename the workstation by logging in at it with a domain administrator account and then just changing the name in the normal manner... this will update it's Active Directory account as well.

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    by:Robberbaron (robr)
    I use LastNameInital for PC names.  This gets a better chance of name to be unique  (i still had to use RankinDA once)
    The reason: RWW as Jeff notes and also some apps (incl Licence managers) show current users by NETBIOS names rather than IP.

    I had considered using our internal EquipmentId as name so I would never have to change name but lose all the advantages of being able to id a machine remotely (easily).
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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    FYI, I put the Make/Model and/or Equipment ID in the Description field... which shows up in the Server Management Console as well as a few other places.


    Author Comment

    thanks guys!  No right or wrong answers... I just seem to like non-username names.... when they share out their printer, it's not a big deal when the person leaves, because the machine name won't change.

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