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Active Directory Naming Conventions

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Article Number : KB0011197
Published on : 2022-11-22
Last modified : 2022-11-22 18:51:37
Knowledge Base : IT Public Self Help

All Computers, Printers, Groups, and GPOs created by Departments must comply with the following naming convention:

  • Prefix the name with the Department OU name, followed by a dash.


For example, if you are creating a group under, its name must be prefixed with "ITS-", such as "ITS-WVD-Users".

This naming convention ensures unique names across the domain, makes it easier to find/locate/filter a Department's resources, and allows the Active Directory Administrators to identify which department an object belongs to - which is especially important in terms of GPOs as they are all located in the same container in AD.

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