Interpreting the CNSIT Naming Convention

By Ross Madden
Published on September 23, 2019 11:16 am MT
Updated on September 23, 2019 11:16 am MT
Posted in General CNSIT

To standardize the naming of institutionally/CNS owned devices within CNSIT, we will utilize the following standardized naming conventions.  We are limited to 15 characters in the Windows-verse so we are forced to stick to this limit across all devices for consistency.

One should be able to decipher the following information when looking at the name of a device using these conventions:

Owning Lab/Group/Location: truncated PI/Group/Location name, Up to 6 characters

Date purchased: YYMM, year and month, 4 characters

Device Type: 3 characters

Extra Designation: If device matches another up to this point, increment up




MEDFOR1802DTW02 This is for the 2nd Windows Desktop computer in the Medford lab, purchased in February of 2018.

Device Type Table

LTWWindows Laptop Computer
LTMMacOS Laptop Computer
LTLLinux Laptop Computer
DTWWindows Desktop Computer
DTMMacOS Desktop Computer
DTLLinux Desktop Computer
NNSNetwork NAS Device
NNWNetwork Device
MOBMobile Device

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