Computer naming conventions - sequential numbers, usernames, physical locations?
Posted on 2006-06-01
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.