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Old 02-03-2009, 10:34 AM   #1
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best pratice for hostname? FQDN vs short?

What is the best pratice for hostnames and why?

my typical server setup for rhel4 or rhel5 installs:


/etc/hosts/ hostname


Any reasons you should not be using the fqdn?
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FQDN for most uses. You can always get shortname by adding it to hosts with a shortname alias to FQDN or adding search domain to your /etc/resolv.conf for name lookups.

That is to say you always want to name the box with FQDN but don't want to have to always type FQDN to access the box. Aliases and search domains allow you to do both.


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