Jul 23, 2019 - 01:01 AM
I've seen a few varieties, XXXXX = a seqentual number sequence.
ITCWSXXXXX - for workstations/desktops
ITCNBXXXXX - for laptops
ITCDCXXXXX - for datacentre related items, switches, servers, storage etc.
Other places have used RIASPXXXX for mobile devices and RIWCLXXXXX for laptops and something similar for infrastructure equipment.
Having a prefix at the beginning can help identify the type of asset you're dealing without having to see it or look in the CMDB to get the answer. Ultimately as long as they're all unique and tracked accordingly you'll be off to a good start.
Jul 23, 2019 - 01:25 AM
Its much more useful on the server side. Especially between Production / Dev / UAT - so again with the country code - some customers just add a straight "DEV" or "UAT" into the server name, others use a -1 , -2, -3 etc to denote its function. Clusters tend to be 123456A and 123456B - again easy to spot. But then others to -1 and -2 for their clustering.
Overall, the consistant message from all our customer base is the hardest thing to do is maintain the rules! So keep them clear and simple and good luck!
Jul 25, 2019 - 01:46 AM
As for anything else, depends on how you are going to use it, how static the environment is to support it. I have seen:
- OS indicators; largely pointless as any inventory tool should have this
- Server/desktop/ laptop etc; again largely pointless
- environment indicator; Dev/ test/ DR/ Prod/ Staging/ training etc. This can be very useful as inventory tools don't capture, but if devices move between enviroments (eg test > Staging > prod) then this is ineffective
- Business unit indicator; can be useful
- function indicators (APP/ DB etc) not very useful, especially as some servers can have multiple functions