When a system is discovered, the Name Resolution probe runs a script to determine a name for the system. The goal is to:

  • Provide a unique name for the system.

  • Use a consistent naming convention to ensure that the system is assigned the same name, if, for example, the system is discovered by using a different IP address.

  • Update the name during a rediscovery if the name of the system has changed.

    The name that is assigned to a system is determined by the setting of the NameFormat parameter in the name-resolver.conf file, which is located in the BASEDIR/smarts/conf/discovery directory. The assigned name becomes the value of the system’s Name attribute.

    Note:

    The values of a system’s Name attribute and DisplayName attribute may be different, depending on the setting of the DisplayNameFormat parameter in the discovery.conf file. The VMware Smart Assurance IP Manager Reference Guide describes the configuration parameters in the discovery.conf file and provides instructions on modifying the parameters.

    The NameFormat parameter has two options:

  • TM_USEAUTONAME (default)

  • TM_USESEEDNAME

    The options control how the Name Resolution probe assigns a name to a discovered system.