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using just hostname or FQDN in hostnamectl set-hostname.... what are the ramifications of each?

Posted on 2016-07-17
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using just hostname or FQDN in hostnamectl set-hostname.... what are the ramifications of each?
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Redhat recommends using the FQDN and that you only use hostnames that are assigned to you
https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/7/html/Networking_Guide/ch-Configure_Host_Names.html
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I never heard of NM and systemd hostname changers.
In RHEL7 hostname is stored in /etc/hostname by installer and other programs dont replace it, and you can use posix hostname utility to change it on running system (all processes need to be restarted to catch up)
NM is not recommended on servers (not by redhat, just that sometimes NM boot without interfaces up)
You can use short or long hostname, but always put full and short version in /etc/hosts. If you fail to do so most programs using DNS will request hostname (short or long) and same appended with all possible 'search' domains in a row, taken from resolv.conf. (so another advice is to take search domains out from resolv.conf if not used)
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