I have managed a few small networks as a hybrid sysadmin/developer for small organizations (<25 people) either as an employee or as an independent consultant.
One thing that has always challenged me is to find a naming convention for workstations. And, of course, I am very particular about names and naming.
One problem, from what I understand, somewhere on the NetBIOS level or something, I can't have a Windows machine name the same as a Windows user name...
I like to name the user with the first name of the person (e.g. "james" is my user name), but I can't name the machine the same thing, so the machine cannot be named "james" also.
For workstations, what do people use for naming conventions?
I would like to use the name of the person, perhaps their last name?
But, at one organization, we had a bit of turnover, so I started naming the machines by role, e.g. "sales1, sales2, sales3, marketing1, marketing2, etc. - but that seems so cold...
I would like it to be easy to identify which workstation goes with which employee, etc.
Does anyone want to share their workstation naming conventions for workstations?
[reminder: this is not a server naming question]
For servers, I use:
where cc is a 2-letter abbreviation for the name of the company (e.g. Acme Tacks would be at-) and then I name the ff as the function of the machine, fs for file server, db for database server, etc. So, I might have at-fs, at-db, at-dev (development server) and so on. I am totally happy with this naming convention (taught to me by a former co-worker, to whom I am much indebted...propers to you Gabe if you're reading this).