On Aug 30, 2013, at 9:49 AM, Brian Helman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> We used this same scheme for network gear (not servers) for years. .. and then our Facilities people went on a renumbering binge. Now, our systems with names showing location as, e.g, room 209 are now in room 210. As a result, we retooled the naming to be <device type>-<MDF/IDF>-# (e.g sw-bdmdf-1). If the building has more than 1 wiring closet, that middle section remains generic as MDF, IDF1, IDF2 etc. The network guys just need to know where each room is.
This is a good point. We use basically the same scheme, and for years we used mdf/idf, and then simply floors. But we have some large buildings with multiple closets per floor, and some years ago we started using specific room locations. This can get thrown off by room re-numbers as Brian mentioned. But at some point you need to differentiate, and room number is your best bet. You could go with direction (<bldg>-2w-switch-1), that will work in most cases. Our Technological Institute is one of the largest university buildings in the US. Without room numbers you'd never find anything. Sometimes you still can't find things. :)
We've also suffered through buildings being renamed. We've tried to standardize on building addresses. Those are harder to remember, but obviously more accurate, and actually tell you where the building is.
Senior Network Engineer, Telecommunications and Network Services
Northwestern University Information Technology (NUIT)
2001 Sheridan Rd, Leverone Hall G-160
Evanston, IL 60208
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