Virtual Server Naming Convention

This is a problem that has been around for many years: what to name your servers. There have been many methods used, and some are more popular than others. Microsoft has offered their solution. Other people have offered solutions based on their experience.

There are some basic guidelines for the your naming convention:

  • Should identify the device’s location and its purpose or function.
  • Should be simple and meaningful to system administrators and system users.
  • Should be be consistent so that once the name is set it doesn’t change.
  • Should include only alphanumeric characters and avoid special characters.
  • Should avoid numeric digits, except for an ending sequence number.
  • Should avoid the use of product or vendor names.

You can read this article by Hans Michiels to get more ideas on what might make sense in your environment.

1. Device type

Minimum and maximum length

Device type is a single character.

Domain values

V Virtual Machine
S Physical Server
L Physical Laptop
D Physical Desktop
C Cloud Computer
P Printer
T Tablet Computer
M Mobile Phone

2. Operating System Line

Minimum and maximum length

Operating System Line consists of exactly two characters.

Domain values

WS Windows Server
WC Windows Desktop/Client
LS Linux Server
LC Linux Client

3. Operating System Version

Minimum and maximum length

Operating System Line consists of 1 to 4 characters.

Domain values

For Windows devices use the internal version number:

51 Windows Server 2003
52 Windows Server 2003 R2
60 Windows Server 2008
61 Windows Server 2008 R2
62 Windows Server 2012
63 Windows Server 2012 R2
100 Windows Server 2016
A “C” can be added to server versions, if the “Core” version is installed. E.g. 63C
51 Windows XP
52 Windows XP Professional x64
60 Windows Vista
61 Windows 7
62 Windows 8
63 Windows 8.1
100 Windows 10

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