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
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.
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
A numeric counter with various options
An alphabetical counter with various options
User defined selection of lookup values
Free static text
The current user
The current user’s group
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
Number of the room in which the object is located
Name of the component definition the object is based on
Default name for instances
Default instance name of the component definition
Rack bay in which the object is located
Rack layer on which the object is located
Rack unit in which the object is located
Number of the slot in which the object is located
Name of the slot in which the object is located
Full path to the object
Name of the parent object
A unique numeric ID with various options
Consecutive numbering for data outlets within the same room
Patch panels, Data outlets
Distributor to which the object is connected
The object’s line type
The object’s start location
The object’s destination location
The object’s start building
The object’s destination building
The object’s start floor
The object’s destination floor
The object’s start room
The object’s destination room
The object’s start component
The object’s destination component
The object’s start port
The object’s destination port
A selection of cable properties including cable definition name, default instance name and cable length
Displays the component or port on either side of the network path. Combine multiple network path elements to display both sides
Ports in modules
The numbering of ports in several modules on a carrier
Number of the port