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.

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).

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
Diplomacy Building DPL DPL
Eagle River Campus (located in the Eagle Center) ER EC
East Campus Parking Garage ECP ECP
East Parking Amenities Building AMB AMB
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 7&A 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
Health Campus Pedestrian Bridge HCPB HPB
Health Sciences Building HS1 HS1
Lucy Cuddy Hall CUDY CY
Natural Sciences Building NSB NSB
North Hall Student Housing NORTHH NH
North 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 JMK JMK
Alvin S. Okeson Building ASO OLB
Snodgrass Hall SS SS
Ortner Warehouse OW OW
Log Cabin Storage      
Fred & Sara Machetanz Building FSM FSM
Bridge MSB MSB
Pump House PH PH

 

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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