How to Configure WDS 2016 Client Naming Policy

In this article, I’ll show you how I change the Naming Policy In Windows Deployment Server (WDS).

By default, WDS will use the user Name of the deployment admin plus a number, however, this Is the most basic option and WDS allows us to customize the Name with almost unlimited naming options.

To change the naming Policy, Open the WDS Console and right click on the WDS Server -> Click on Properties

In the AD DS Tab, you will see the default naming format

The default name below means:

%61Username%#

Allow up to 61 characters In the computer name which are taken from the username

Below you could use the following options:

  • %First – Use User First name and If adding %10First the First 10 characters will be used.
  • %Last – Use User Last name and If adding %10Last the First 10 characters will be used.
  • %Username – Use User UserName and If adding %10UserName the First 10 characters will be used.
  • %MAC – Use MAC address of the Network Adapter

Examples

%4Last%02# = king03 – The user David King with computer number 3 In the deployment.

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