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 = 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:
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.
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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