Any problems with Win 10 computers having same names as user logged onto computer?

Are there any problems at all with Windows 10 computers having the exact same host (or computer names) as the user who is logged onto the computer?

This for Windows 10 Professional operating systems that are logged onto a Server 2016 AD network.

Will this cause any kinds of errors or problems at all?
IT GuyNetwork EngineerAsked:
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AlanConsultantCommented:
I don't know of any specific issues, but ambiguity and / or confusion (at least for the humans) is certainly a downside.

I always name computers using a convention that avoids that - anything is fine as long as it is consistent.  Many customers like to include the primary user in the computer name, in which case, I append it so even if it is just:

ComputerName_UserName

or even:

PC_Username

Such as:

PC_Alan
PC_Barabara
PC_Chris


Alan.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
No issue, but we name computers to a standard we like for servicing and that does not include the user name. But to answer your question - no issue.
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Hi,

Upon reflection, I am thinking that, way back, this could cause issues with NetBIOS, but I cannot think why anymore.

Maybe I am not remembering correctly though.

No matter what, I would avoid it.

Alan.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 10 does not use NetBIOS much anymore and I do not think there would be an issue with Windows 10, but I agree and I do not do make the user name / computer name the same.
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McKnifeCommented:
No issues at all.
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David AtkinTechnical DirectorCommented:
The only thing to consider is;Wwhat if the user leaves or the PC get's re-allocated?  Typically we tend to setup naming conventions that aren't related to users.  I.e.

PC-01
PC-02
LPT-01
LPT-02

etc.

It's not really an 'issue' but after a while it's going to get messy using the usernames as the PC names.
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Steve McCarthy, MCSE, MCSA, MCP x8, Network+, i-Net+, A+, CIWA, CCNA, FDLE FCIC, HIPAA Security OfficerIT Consultant, Network Engineer, Windows Network Administrator, VMware AdministratorCommented:
User  Jimmy Walker

Logon JWalker

PC:   JWalker-DT  (Desktop),   JWalker-LT    (Laptop)    JWalker-TB    (Tablet)

Years and years ago I remember there were problems, but now I am not sure, BUT when you are organizing things in Active directory or addressing problems, I believe it would get confusing.  I use the naming convention above and it works extremely well.
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masnrockCommented:
I'd avoid doing that like the plague. However, I wouldn't recommend it. David Atkin mentioned one of the most basic reasons of why you shouldn't do it. Are you going to change the name every time the user changes? Standardize as much as possible: computer name conventions, username conventions, etc. You always want something unique, with a way to resolve possible conflicts. Additionally, you don't want to have inter-dependencies (i.e. computer name depending on the username, etc) when not needed.
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