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    Question Device naming best practices?

    Are there any best practices that you people use for naming your win7+ machines?
    Here, I use
    TNab-c-d
    Where:
    a= OS, ie, Win7
    b=D, L or S for desktop, laptop and server
    c= Room number, ie, 05.
    d= Machine number, ie, 01

    So typically, you'd get something like TNWin7D-05-01, which is manageable for me.
    Could I improve this without losing that information?

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    Maybe Win7 could be W7 or W8 or WXP depending on version

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    Why do you need to put the OS in name?

    What about PC/LT/SRV xxx (x = asset tag) or just the serial number?

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    Never really seen the need for complicated computer names. I simply use the room name, then the computer number starting from the door, so R1-01, R1-02, R1-03 etc. Teacher stations always have the word Teacher, so R1-TEACHER and admin computers usually have the main users name.

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    I also do the same as bclarke

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewL View Post
    Why do you need to put the OS in name?
    Bad habit to be honest, no other real reason than that, it's just something I've always done.
    Quote Originally Posted by bclarke View Post
    Never really seen the need for complicated computer names. I simply use the room name, then the computer number starting from the door, so R1-01, R1-02, R1-03 etc. Teacher stations always have the word Teacher, so R1-TEACHER and admin computers usually have the main users name.
    I like that, nice and short, I may well do something like that.

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    i just go with the class that its in, then whether its a pc kids use or staff, the staff machines are typically connected to the whiteboard so i sometimes use red-iwb for staff or red-pc-01 then phyically number the pc in that class. We are only a small school so its works for us

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    XX-YY-ZZ

    XX - site (we have 4)
    YY - room name, will add LT if it is a laptop
    ZZ - number (omitted if a classroom with just teacher PC)

    In a single site school I'd probably just replace site name with DT for desktop and LT for laptop

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    Similar to bclarke, we have the the following: zzz-xxx-yy

    zzz= Location
    xxx= STN or LAP defines if machines is Laptop or Computer
    yy= Number of station in room, or if it the teacher PC.


    For example R1-STN01, PE-LAP04

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    We have two classes per room/base so ours are

    YEAR - left or right - number eg Y1-L-01, Y3-R-02 for teacher machines its IWB instead of a number.

    It works for us as all our rooms are the same. When I worked in secondary we had room-number RM01-01 etc.

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    SS-RR-NN

    SS= Site (or School Initials for Servers)
    RR = Room
    NN = Number or WB for Teacher PC

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    I really like the idea of the IWB for the teachers, such a pain deploying SMART Notebook to teacher PC's as not all classrooms have IWB.

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    We use the following which seems to work pretty well:

    School Identifier (supplied by LA) = XXX e.g. SHS
    Machine Type: Y e.g. L = Laptop/Netbook & D = Desktop
    Primary User: A e.g. S = Staff, P = Pupil
    Year machine purchased: B e.g. This year is N which equals 2013
    Then a unique number starting at 001

    So ours for example SHS-DPN001 would mean it is a Desktop used by a pupil bought this year. We then us OU's within AD to organise by room/location.

    For servers we just use simple role based names e.g. SHS-APPS1 which would mean that this is an application server. Replace APPS with any of the examples below to fit the server role.

    AD
    FILE
    MIS
    MAIL
    NETAPPS
    RDS
    PRINT
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    We have a super simple one - asset label number.

    MMS-XXXXX

    Label is on the front for staff machines, visible so they can tell us it if we need to remote connect or deploy something to it, or on the back for pupil machines so the kids don't peel them off.

    Although we name ICT suite machines a bit different though - ICT1-01 etc... so they appears sensibly in software like ABTutor for staff to use.

    Servers are named simply

    AD
    PRINT
    SQL1
    STORAGE1 etc...
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    Desktops = Room-## (ICT1-01, ICT3-27,etc) or Room-TE (ICT2-TE) for the teachers machine

    Departmental Thin Clients = Deptartment## (English01, Maths02, Maths02, etc)

    Admin Desktops/Thin Clients = JobDescription## (Admin01, Finance03, Library01, etc)

    Staff laptops = staff code (ABR for Alan Brown, MSM for Maggie Smith, etc)

    Printers = Room-paper_size-[mono/colour] (ICT1-A3-Colour, Sciene-A4-Mono, etc)

    Servers = what they $%$^" do (I hate server naming schemes) (printers, dc1, dc2, dhcp, simsdb, slg, webserver, etc)

    Everything else = [Manufacturer] [model] [descriptor] (BenQ MX504 Projector, HP Procurve 3560 Switch, etc)

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