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matt78h
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:49 pm    Post subject: CI Numbering Reply with quote

I have read a few articles regarding CI`s and the numbering of them. However I dont really understand the best way to go about numbering our CI`s. Is it just a simple step of starting at the top with 1 and drilling down each item, or is there an more structured approach?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you mean by numbering?
If you mean assigning a unique ID to each CI, well it can be as simple as just numbering them in sequence to avoid duplication. But it is more convenient and practical to have a combination of names and numbers for CI UIDs. For example Dell Laptops can be identified by DELL/LP/1, DELL/LP/2 and so on. Dell servers can be DELL/SRV/1, DELL/SRV/2,... Dell workstations can be DELL/WS/1, DELL/WS/2,...

I hope I understood your request and answered clearly.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In addtion, consider the numbering of the IT Assets in a Data Center.

Every IT should have a unique Asset Tag - either related wholely to the data center - if each DC has their own range - or a corporate wide Asset tag numbering

I think the numbering of CIs could be record ID in a database table - unique or for example if you have a Sun e250 server as a unique CI......if you have 50 Sun e250s etc
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Z!

Presume you would have to differentiate between models if you have the same Make of device eg IBM/PCS50/01 and IBM/PCS51/01?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It allows a lot of flexibility as you can see.

Anytime, glad I can be helpful...

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt,

you may also want to apply a naming convention to your CIs, part of which could be a prefix, based on the CI types, for example SRV.<serverame> for servers, etc.

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