If you are configuring PCs to use the central OUCS WINS servers, their computer (or NetBIOS) names must be unique within the whole university.

To minimise the risk of name clashes, naming standards were developed which state that PCs should be given a NetBIOS or Computer Name which starts with an identifier that is unique to the unit where the PC is located. The list of identifiers is given here. The unit identifier can be separated from the rest of the name by a hyphen.

Further, NT domain names and the NetBIOS name for 2000 domains should be chosen carefully so as to identify your unit unambigously and avoid name clashes with other domain or computer names.

This document contains further information about the naming standards, why they are so essential and answers to frequently asked questions.

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