Device Naming Conventions

Article Purpose

UAA has adopted the following naming conventions for university owned devices connected to UAA's network in order to a) uniquely identify devices, and b) reduce the possibility of device naming conflicts. This naming format is recommended in order to include the most information possible using the 15 character maximum imposed by Microsoft Active Directory.​​

Additional Information

​General Recommendations

In general devices should begin with the location code of the campus it is affiliated with. UAA has the following campus codes:

  • anc - Anchorage Campus, including metropolitan locations such as AvTech, ENRI, Eagle River, University Center, Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson.
  • fbk - Military Extension sites in Fairbanks, including locations such as Ft. Wainwright, Eielson AFB
  • kbc - Kachemak Bay Campus
  • koc - Kodiak Campus
  • krc - Kenai River Campus, including locations in Kenai, Soldotna, and Seward
  • msc - Matanuska-Susitna College
  • pws - Prince William Sound Community College, including locations such as Valdez, Cooper Basin Campus, Cordova Campus

Elements of the device name should be separated whenever possible by a dash ( - ). In cases where a worthwhile name would exceed 15 characters it is permissible to remove as few dashes as necessary to achieve a 15-character name. The dashes should be removed starting from the right side of the name working left. A few examples are:

  • Incorrect: anc-isb100l1a-01 (16 characters)
  • Correct: anc-isb100l1a01 (15 characters)
  • Incorrect: anc-eh400lg01-01m (18 characters)
  • Correct: anc-eh400-01m (14 characters)

Multi-boot workstations should use the same workstation name for all operating systems appended by one of the following:

  • m - for Mac OS systems
  • w - for Windows systems
  • u - for Linux/Unix systems

A few general examples are:

  • anc-adm102-scw
  • anc-adm102-scm
  • anc-adm144-01m
  • anc-adm144-01w

Important Note: A multi-boot workstation cannot use the same workstation name for both operating systems. This will cause a conflict in Active Directory. They must use different names.

Employee Workstations

The naming conventions for Employee workstations is:

locationcode-last9digitserialnumber(-OSFlag)

Where locationcode is the campus abbreviation, followed by up to the last nine digits of the workstations serial number, and optionally the OSFlag for multi-boot workstations to provide a unique name for each operating system. A few examples are:

  • anc-123456789-w
  • anc-123456789-m
  • anc-a93b912nb-w
  • anc-a93b912nb-m
  • msc-cxj289lv9
  • msc-jf93kg9
  • koc-cv84nz0

Note: Because device serial numbers can include the characters 'm' or 'w' as the last character in their serial number string we separate out the OSFlag in this instance by including a dash (-) character before hand.​

Smart Classroom Workstations

The naming convention for Smart Classrooms is:

locationcode-bldgroom-sc(OSFlag)

Where locationcode is the campus abbreviation, bldgroom represents the short building identifier as listed below, and the room number of the classroom, followed by sc which stands for Smart Classroom, and optionally the OSFlag for multi-boot workstations to provide a unique name for each operating system. A few examples are:

  • anc-ssb118-sc
  • anc-adm142-sc
  • anc-psb166-sc
  • anc-adm102-scm
  • anc-adm102-scw

Note: Locations that have more than just a single Instructor’s computer should follow the conventions for a Computer Lab/Classroom provided below.

Conference Room Workstations

The naming convention for Conference Rooms is:

locationcode-bldgroom(-OSFlag)

Where locationcode is the campus abbreviation, bldgroom represents the short building identifier as listed below, and the room number of the location, and optionally the OSFlag for multi-boot workstations to provide a unique name for each operating system. A few examples are:

  • anc-admin201
  • anc-adm204
  • anc-ssb101-m
  • anc-ssb101-w

Note: Conference rooms that have more than just a single workstation should follow the conventions for a Computer Lab/Classroom provided below.

Computer Labs/Classrooms

The naming convention for computer classrooms/labs is:

locationcode-bldgroom-WorkstationID(OSFlag)

Where locationcode is the campus abbreviation, and bldgroom represents the short building identifier as listed below, the room number of the classroom, the WorkstationID is a unique identifier for each specific workstation, and optionally the OSFlag for multi-boot workstations to provide a unique name for each operating system. A few examples are:

  • anc-smh105-01
  • anc-smh105-02
  • anc-smh110-01
  • anc-ssb172-01
  • anc-lib210-01
  • anc-lib210-20m
  • anc-lib210-20w

Note 1: It is encouraged that the workstationID be entered as a two digit number with a leading zero (0) for numbers less than ten (10).

Note 2: Instructor/Presentation/Consultant stations are typically encouraged to adapt a workstation ID of 00 (e.g. anc-smh105-00, anc-lib210-00, etc.) in order to distinctly identify that device from the rest of the lab. In the cases where two, or more podium workstations have been deployed the workstations should all have the standard workstation ID of 00 with a letter appended starting with 'a' and incrementing as needed (e.g. anc-smh105-00a, anc-smh105-00b, anc-smh105-00c, etc).

Video Conferencing Cameras

The naming convention for fixed mount video conference cameras is:

locationcode-bldgroom-vc(UnitID)

Where locationcode is the campus abbreviation, bldgroom represents the short building identifier as listed below, and the room number of the location, followed by vc which stands for Video Conferencing, and optionally the UnitId for locations that have more than one video conferencing unit deployed. A few examples are:

  • anc-admin201-vc
  • anc-adm204-vc
  • anc-ssb122-vc

Printers - Networked

The naming convention for general network (personal or group) printers is:

locationcode-bldgroom-model

Where locationcode is the campus abbreviation, and bldgroom represents the short building identifier as listed below, the room number, and model represents the model of the device. A few examples are:

  • anc-ssb170-4350
  • anc-lib101-4650

Printers – Managed Print

The naming convention for printers utilizing UAA's Managed Print Service is:

locationcode-bldgroom-typedeviceID

Where locationcode is the campus abbreviation, and bldgroom represents the short building identifier as listed below, the room number, type represents the printer type (e.g. BW for black & white, clr for color, etc.), and deviceID represents a numerical number to uniquely identify multiple printers of the same type. A few examples are:

  • anc-ssb170-bw1
  • anc-ssb170-bw2
  • anc-lib103-bw1
  • anc-lib103-clr1

Workstations will be configured to print to the Spool Queue for the location, and not directly to the physical printer. The naming convention for Spool Queues is:

locationcode-bldgroom_type

Where locationcode is the campus abbreviation, bldgroom represents the short building identifier as listed below, the room number, and type represents the printer type (e.g. BW for black & white, clr for color, etc.) A few examples are:

  • anc-ssb170_bw
  • anc-lib103_bw
  • anc-lib103_clr
  • anc-smh111_bw
  • anc-smh111_clr

Note: Since spool names are not device names it is permissible to exceed the 15-character limitation imposed by MS Active Directory.

Servers

The naming convention for servers is:

locationcode-infrastructureroledeviceID

Where locationcode is the campus abbreviation, and infrastructurerole represents what the device is used for, and deviceID represents a numerical number to uniquely identify multiple devices of the same type. A few examples are:

  • anc-fs03
  • anc-sql01
  • anc-sql02
  • anc-web01
  • koc-fs01
  • koc-web01

Network Devices

The naming convention for networking devices is:

locationcode-bldg-room-type&increment#

Where locationcode is the campus abbreviation, and bldg represents the short building identifier as listed in Appendix A, the room number, type represents purpose, and increment # indicates number of the device.

The type abbreviations are:

  • Environment Monitor = EVM
  • Firewall = FW
  • Long Range Ethernet = LRE
  • PSTN Gateway = PSTN
  • Router = R
  • Switch = just include increment number
  • Voice Gateway = VG
  • Wan Router = WR

A few examples are:

  • anc-ssb-170-1
  • anc-ssb-123-r1
  • anc-ssb-123-1
  • anc-ssb-123-2
  • anc-ssb-123-wr1
  • anc-ssb-123-fw1
  • anc-ssb-123-fw2
  • anc-uc-126-1
  • anc-adm-146-1

Note: Since network devices are not joined to Active Directory it is permissible to exceed the 15-character limitation imposed by MS Active Directory.

Limitations

Microsoft’s Active Directory currently has the following restrictions regarding device naming:

  • Names are limited to a max of 15 characters.
  • Periods should not be used
  • Device names cannot be composed completely of numbers
  • The last character must not be a minus sign

Allowed characters

Computer names can contain only alphabetical characters (A-Z), numeric characters (0-9), and the minus sign (-). No distinction is made between upper and lowercase characters.

Disallowed characters

Device names cannot contain the following characters:

    • Ampersand ( & )
    • Apostrophe ( ‘ )
    • Asterisk ( * )
    • At sign ( @ )
    • Backslash ( \ )
    • Braces ( {} )
    • Caret ( ^ )
    • Colon ( : )
    • Comma ( , )
    • Dollar sign ( $ )
    • Exclamation point ( ! )
    • Greater than sign ( > )
    • Less than sign ( < )
    • Number sign ( # )
    • Parentheses ( () )
    • Percent ( % )
    • Question Mark ( ? )
    • Quote mark ( “ )
    • Slash mark ( / )
    • Tilde (~)
    • Underscore ( _ )
    • Vertical bar ( | )​

Anchorage Campus Building Abbreviations

Building Name

UAA Identifier

Workstation Naming Abbreviation

Administration Utility Building

ADU

ADU

Administration/Humanities Building

ADM

ADM

Alaska Airlines Center

AAC

AAC

Alaska Native Sciences & Engineering Programs Building

ANSEP

ANS

Allied Health Science Building

AHS

AHS

Arcade and Bridge Lounge

ABL

ABL

Auto/Diesel Technology Building

ADT

ADT

Aviation Storage Building

AVS

AVS

Aviation Technology Complex

AVC

AVC

Beatrice McDonald Hall

BMH

BMH

Behavioral Health Research & Services

 

BRS

Bookstore

BKS

BKS

1815 Bragaw Office Complex #1

BOC1

BC1

1901 Bragaw Office Complex #3

BOC3

BC3

Central Parking Garage

CPG

CPG

Commons

CMMNS

COM

ConocoPhilips Integrated Science Building

CPISB

ISB

Consortium Library

LIB

LIB

Custodial Storage Shed

CSS

CSS

Eagle River Campus (located in the Eagle Center)

ER

EC

East Campus Parking Garage

ECP

ECP

ANSEP Academy Building

AAB

AAB

East Hall Student Housing

EASTH

EH

Ecosystem-Biomedical H​ealth Laboratory

EBL

EBL

EBL Hazardous Material Storage

HMB

HMB

Edward & Cathryn Rasmuson Hall

RH

RH

Engineering & Computation Building

ECB

ECB

Engineering Greenhouse

EGH

EGH

Engineering & Industry Building

EIB

EIB

Engineering Temporary Building #1

ETB1

ET1

Engineering Temporary Building #2

ETB2

ET2

707 "A" Street Building

707A

ENR

Eugene F. Short Hall

ESH

ESH

Fine Arts Building

ART

ART

Gambell Professional Building

 

GPB

Gordon Hartlieb Hall

GHH

GHH

Greenhouse

GRN

GRN

Greenhouse Storage

GRS

GRS

Grounds Administration Office

GAO

GAO

Grounds Equipment Shed

GES

GES

Grounds Irrigation Equipment Shed

GIE

GIE

Grounds Staff Office

GSO

GSO

Parrish Bridge

PB

PB

Health Sciences Building

HSB

HSB

Lucy Cuddy Hall

CUDY

CY

Natural Sciences Building

NSB

NSB

North Hall Student Housing

NORTHH

NH

Engineering Parking Garage

ENPG

NPG

Professional Studies Building

PSB

PSB

Sally Monserued Hall

SMH

SMH

Social Sciences Building

SSB

SSB

Student Housing Building #1

SH1

SH1

Student Housing Building #2

SH2

SH2

Student Housing Building #3

SH3

SH3

Student Housing Building #4

SH4

SH4

Student Housing Building #5

SH5

SH5

Student Housing Building #6

SH6

SH6

Student Union

SU

SU

Temple Wood Building A

TWA

TWA

Temple Wood Building B

TWB

TWB

Temple Wood Building C

TWC

TWC

Temple Wood Building D

TWD

TWD

Temple Wood Building E

TWE

TWE

Temple Wood Building F

TWF

TWF

Total Energy Module #2

EM2

EM2

Total Energy Module #1

EM1

EM1

Transportation Research Building

TRB

TRB

University Center

UC

UC

University Lake Building

ULB

ULB

University Lake Annex

ULA

ULA

Vocational Rehabilitation Building

VRB

VRB

Wells Fargo Sports Center

WFSC

WFC

Wells Fargo Sports Center Ice Plant

WFIP

WIP

Wendy Williamson Auditorium

WWA

WWA

West Bridge

WB

WB

West Hall Student Housing

WESTH

WH

 

Kachemak Bay Campus Building Abbreviations

Building Name

UAA Identifier

Workstation Naming Abbreviation

Kachemak Bay Campus

KBC

KBC

Kachemak Bay Storage Building

KBS

KBS

Homer School Lease

KBW

KBW

 

Kenai River Campus Building Abbreviations

Building Name

UAA Identifier

Workstation Naming Abbreviation

Enid S. McLane Building

EMB

EMB

Clarence Goodrich Building

CGB

CGB

Clayton R. Brockel Building

CCB

CCB

Walter E. Ward Building

WWB

WWB

Warehouse

KPW

KPW

MAPTS Office Building

MAPTS

MAP

 

Kodiak Campus Building Abbreviations

Building Name

UAA Identifier

Workstation Naming Abbreviation

Benny Benson Building

BBB

BBB

Vocational-Technology Building

VTB

VTB

College Cabin #2

LC2

LC2

Adult Learning Center

ALC

ALC

Storage Shed

 

 

 

Mat-Su Campus Building Abbreviations

Building Name

UAA Identifier

Workstation Naming Abbreviation

Jalmar M. Kerttula Building

JKB

JKB

Alvin S. Okeson Building

OLB

OLB

Snodgrass Hall

SGH

SGH

Ortner Warehouse

OW

OW

Log Cabin Storage

  

  

Fred & Sara Machetanz Building

FSM

FSM

Bridge

MSB

MSB

Pump House

PH

PH

Glenn Massay Theater

GMT

GMT

 

Prince William Sound Community Campus Building Abbreviations

Building Name

UAA Identifier

Workstation Naming Abbreviation

Cordova Hall

CH

CH

Copper Basin Hall

CBH

CBH

Valdez Hall

VH

VH

Growden-Harrison Building

GHB

GHB

Whitney Museum

WM

WM

Cordova Extension

CE

CE

Copper River Basin Extension

CRB

CRB

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