In a data center, a friendly name is a title given to an application file, certificate or other IT asset so that a human being can easily remember the name and perhaps even understand some basic information about the asset's purpose.
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Friendly names are assigned to complement unique identifiers that are comprised of numeric or alphanumeric code by default. For example, if an administrator creates a new VMware virtual disk and the disk is named Windows 8-f001.vmdk, the administrator might give it a friendly name like FinanceLab4 to indicate that the virtual machine is the fourth server used in the finance department's development project.
Unlike unique identifiers, friendly names can be changed.
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