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Share your network device naming conventions

Organizations approach naming conventions very differently depending on the nature of their business. Neworks that are very geopgraphically dispersed focus more on location/dept type names, over companies that only operate in one state, etc. I was curious what types of interesting naming conventions Network Managers have deployed and why you choose what you did. In my organization, I have defined my rather simple naming convention as follows:

dt##-loc

dt = Device Type

## = Qty of devices of that type at location

loc = Location

Device type is usually a two-character designator, but not always nor required to be.

As a brief example, these are some device types:

rt = Router

sw = Switch (access)

cs = Core switch

ds = Distribution switch

ap = Access Point

wgb = Work Group Bridge

ids = Intrusion Detection

ips = Intrusion Prevention

I specify two-digit quantities because I don't ever expect to have over 99 devices of one particular type at any location. Each of my WAN sites have a unique location code used by corporate accounting, for chargeback purposes, etc. - which is carried over to my device names. So, under my scheme, my devices have the following names:

cs01-corp

cs02-corp

ds01-corp

ds02-corp

ds03-corp

ds04-corp

sw01-t550

sw02-t550

sw03-t550

ap01-t162

ap02-t162

wgb01-t162

What other types of useful naming conventions does everyone else utilize? Feel free to share any unique challenges you've either overcome through your conventions or continue to struggle with.

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Re: Share your network device naming conventions

Some of the naming conventions we use for interfaces GigabitEthernet as Ge,Hssi as Hs,Port-channel as pc.Naming conventions for some of the devices Distribution Router as dr,Network Service System as ns,Service Router as sr .

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