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Manage Naming Rules

Naming rules in Pathfinder are used to automatically generate correct names for new objects.

Select the manage naming rules option from the system section.

You can create naming rules to automatically assign component names.

Assign Naming Rules

Naming rules can be created to automatically assign names based on the defined format. In Pathfinder, naming rules can be created for most objects such as components, cables, ports and slots.

The naming rules are displayed here (1).

Check the box under the Active column (2) to enable the naming rule for all subsequent object instances.

You can create a new naming rules, delete an existing naming rule of import a new naming rule here (3).

You can double click on an existing naming rule to edit it or select an existing naming rule and click on Next.

Manage Naming Rules

Basic Properties

To create a new naming rule or edit an existing one, fill out the following fields:

  • Name: Assign a name to the rule.

  • Description: Write a short description about the rule.

  • Check the box the activate the rule. You can activate or deactivate it again from the overview window when the rule is complete.

  • Is limited to: Assign a component or location for which the rule is designated.

  • Is constrained to: Assign the exact type of component or location for which the rule is designated.

Click on Next to continue.

Creating Formats

Here you can define the format for your naming rule.

  • You can add or delete elements and assign the sequence of elements for the naming format here (1). Click on element to open the drop down menu. You can select the element type here.

  • You can edit the fields for your elements here (2). Depending on the element, different fields will be available in its properties.

  • A preview of names according to the rule will be displayed here (3).

Click on Finish to complete creating the naming rule for new object instances.

List of Elements


restricted to



A numeric counter with various options

Continuous letter

An alphabetical counter with various options

Lookup values

User defined selection of lookup values

Free text

Free static text


The current user

User group

The current user’s group

Today’s date

The system date



Location in which the object is located



Building in which the object is located



Floor in which the object is located



Room in which the object is located

Room Number


Number of the room in which the object is located

Catalog Name


Name of the component definition the object is based on

Default name for instances


Default instance name of the component definition

Bay Position


Rack bay in which the object is located

Layer Number


Rack layer on which the object is located

Slot position


Rack unit in which the object is located

Slot number


Number of the slot in which the object is located

Slot name


Name of the slot in which the object is located



Full path to the object

Parent object


Name of the parent object

Unique Id

A unique numeric ID with various options

Consecutive numbering

Data outlets

Consecutive numbering for data outlets within the same room

Opposite distributor

Patch panels, Data outlets

Distributor to which the object is connected

Line Type

Installation Cables

The object’s line type

Start Location


The object’s start location

Destination Location


The object’s destination location

Start Building


The object’s start building

Destination Building


The object’s destination building

Start Floor


The object’s start floor

Destination Floor


The object’s destination floor

Start Room


The object’s start room

Destination Room


The object’s destination room

Start Component

Patch Cables

The object’s start component

Destination Component

Patch Cables

The object’s destination component

Start Port

Patch Cables

The object’s start port

Destination Port

Patch Cables

The object’s destination port

Cable properties


A selection of cable properties including cable definition name, default instance name and cable length

Network path

Network Paths

Displays the component or port on either side of the network path. Combine multiple network path elements to display both sides

Port numbering

Ports in modules

The numbering of ports in several modules on a carrier



Number of the port

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