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What naming conventions are recommended when defining configuration objects for AppDynamics server visibility?


We highly recommend the following standard naming conventions for different configuration items used in AppDynamics because sound naming standards are an important practice for:

  • Efficient identification of objects
  • Understanding data context
  • Navigation
  • Searching
  • Housekeeping
  • Decommissioning efforts

plus more...!


NOTEIn this article, we are specifying standards for setting configuration items value, rather than methods. See more below.
These recommendations are based on standard configurations and are not intended to be a universal solution, and therefore may not work with custom-configured instances


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Naming conventions for Machine Agent

Successful naming is based on emphasizing the use of common standards. So, where available, use nomenclature that already exists, whether public or company-based. The following table contains naming best practices for server visibility Machine Agent.


Server visibility Machine Agent naming conventions
Server Visibility/ 
Machine Agent

  • The machine name should be defined using the property’s  Uniquehostid
{application_name} - {data_centre}
Standalone Machine Agents alongside APM Agents 
  • Application, tier and node names should be left blank. 
  • Uniquehostid should be used to match the machine agent to the correct application and tier and node from an APM agent.
Independent Standalone Machine Agents 
  • If the server should be attached to a node in a business application then follow the same naming standards as for APM application, tier and node.
  • If the server is not required to report metrics into an APM business application
    (i.e., only visible under Server’s view then application), tier and node names should be left blank.

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Overarching principles for naming conventions

Some configuration items do not specify a strict pattern or convention. Instead, we leave it up to you to decide. In such cases the following principle should always apply:


Names chosen for any configuration item should be a sensible, non-technical description.




Use plain language

Avoid too-formal, distancing language

Be descriptive, but concise

Don’t be verbose—or curt

Use business terminology where possible

Don’t use technical terms

Make it meaningful to all intended users

Avoid jargon that won’t be familiar to all of the intended users.
When in doubt, leave it out.


PLEASE NOTE: In this article, we are not specifying the method of setting values for configuration items, only standards for the values themselves. In the case of agent configuration properties, use one of the following methods to set the values:

  • Configuration files
  • System Properties
  • Environment Variables

Let us know in the comments below if you have further questions on methods.


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