Service Gateway: Naming Conventions
We have defined naming conventions for unit identifiers in Service Gateway as described below.
Management ID (MID)
In Service Gateway a MID is a unique identifier associated to a department or collegiate unit which maintain a predefined group of jacks. There can be one or multiple MIDs associated to a unit.
A MID is created by authorized Office of Information Technology (OIT) staff using the official University abbreviation for the unit (16 characters maximum), followed by two numeric characters for unique identification. The numeric characters begin with 01 and increase by one each time an additional MID is defined for that unit (e.g., OIT01, OIT02). Any deviation from the official University abbreviation for the unit requires OIT management approval.
Once the MID name is established in Service Gateway, it should not be changed. The MID description is initially created by an OIT staff member, working in conjunction with the unit's primary and/or secondary users. The MID description can be changed by the unit's primary and/or secondary users.
A Service Gateway workgroup is a unique identifier associated to a unit and is the equivalent of a Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) at the University. All active data jacks are assigned to a workgroup. A workgroup is typically confined to jacks within one building and does not exceed the parameters of the core node. There can be multiple workgroups within one MID.
A workgroup is a unique identifier associated to a unit and is the Service Gateway’s equivalent of a Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN). Workgroup names have three components:
- Management ID (MID) name
- Workgroup name
- Workgroup description
The first workgroup name created for a MID consists of the the letters "WG" and the digits 001. The name of each new workgroup added to an MID (if any) increases by one (e.g., WG002, WG003, WG004). The workgroup name must be limited to 24 characters or fewer.
The workgroup description must begin with the VLAN number, a space, an asterisk, another space, and a brief description of the workgroup. OIT staff work with the primary and/or secondary unit contacts to determine the workgroup description. The combined workgroup name and description should be limited to 60 characters or fewer.
Sample workgroup descriptions:
- OIT01-WG001 771 * General Desktops, Conference Rooms (52 characters)
- OIT01-WG002 712 * Labs (22 characters)