BJ, where is this add on..  I can't seem to locate it

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 9:02 AM, Bjorn Behrendt <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
There is a sheets add-on Chromebook Inventory that makes grabbing and updateing the Chromebook information in Dashboard very easy.

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On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 5:43 PM, Diane Stacy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
If you use GAM3 ... command line management tools for Google domains.
If you have a fairly large domain you should really check this out as it can do a lot of "batch" things you cannot do in the Admin Console like adding everyone in an organizational unit to a group. You can create csv files and use them as "batch" input to different commands. You can easily get whole group lists...


You can print all of the Chromebook info to a csv file (or send it to Google drive) that you can then search and edit using excel.

You can use parts of this file, update the notes, users and location field and upload back into the console with the new notes info....

Once installed, to print all chromebook info to a file its as simple as starting a command prompt in the directory that GAM is installed in and then typing this:

gam print cros >chromebooks.csv

Once you have this file you can easily search it by mac address...

Diane


On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 2:57 PM, Robert Wickberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Androids just tell DHCP their name is android-some 16 digit number.  Is that the MEID or something?  At any rate, it's Greek to me, so it's not much more useful than nothing. which is what the Chromebooks tell the DHCP server.

If the Chromebook has a recent version of Chrome OS, it reports it's mac address to the management console, which is something the DHCP server also knows, so that's a way to match them up, but I haven't seen any way to search the management console by Mac address. Have any of you discovered a way?  

On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 1:29 PM, Steve Ligett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Craig - I think Hank means this --

RFC 2132        DHCP Options and BOOTP Vendor Extensions      March 1997

3.14. Host Name Option

This option specifies the name of the client. The name may or may not be qualified with the local domain name (see section 3.17 for the preferred way to retrieve the domain name). See RFC 1035 for character set restrictions. The code for this option is 12, and its minimum length is 1. Code Len Host Name +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-- | 12 | n | h1 | h2 | h3 | h4 | h5 | h6 | ... +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+--


I can see that my Mac supplies its host name in the dhcpdiscover packet -- DHCPDISCOVER from c4:2c:03:0e:c1:b8 (otta.wrvs.net)

But my Chromebook does not -- DHCPDISCOVER from 80:56:f2:41:17:d3


As for printing for all your clients - I've found that CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) works well for my clients (Mac OS, Windows 7, iOS, Linux). And ChromeOS too with a bit of help on the server. I know you think servers are something from the 20th century, but Ubuntu server running CUPS works for me. :-)

steve

On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 6:35 PM, Craig Lyndes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hank,

Host name is a little ambiguous.  

DNS host name - traditionally you would assign every device a static IP address and create an A record connecting that address to a name.  Requires an authoritative DNS server for the domain.  Now primarily only used for public servers.

Wins or Net Bios host name - when you name a computer in windows you are creating it's netbios host name.  A Wins server used to be used to share these names with one and all.  Kind of have to be running a Microsoft network client to use (Macs for a long time ignored such things).

mDNS or Appletalk or Bonjour network name - You guessed it!  Apple's version of above.  Regularly ignored by all windows computers.

So you see, this whole naming thing is pretty disorganized.  Most operating systems now attempt to speak all foreign protocols and in doing so inherit the ability to see the names connected with those protocols.  An interesting exercise is to make your printers visible to every client you may have attach to your network.  This will bring you face to face with this issue.

Craig Lyndes  

On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 11:20 AM, Hank Plaisted <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Thanks, but unfortunately, using the Notes doesn't help me quickly identify the device on my network of mixed devices, which is all I want to be able to do. Honestly, I'm astonished that something so basic is considered "low priority" within the Chromium development forums. Actually, it was apparently dropped from discussion sometime late in 2013, with no resolution, of course.

I had already discovered the thread Ray referred to below, and for some reason, just couldn't believe that it was left like that without further development. Even Apple, which is notorious for messing up networking with their own proprietary crap, had the good sense to maintain that functionality when they ported to Unix. It's stuff like this that makes me so reluctant to ever rely on Google for anything.

Hank


which apparently is going to be complicated, as hank was hoping it wouldn't be.



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As far as I know, there is no way to actually assign what we think of as a host name.


We create a host name, and assign asset tags in the Notes Section of the device management:

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Then  we create a label to put on the device, along with the asset tag so its easy to find in a classroom full of machines.


Hope this helps.







On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM, Elizabeth McCarthy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:



what do you mean by set the "host name?"

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On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 10:35 AM, Hank Plaisted <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

 
After searching a bit on the web I cannot find a simple way to set the hostname on a Chromebook. I'm hoping one of you can explain how this is done (and it will be fairly simple) before I register my astonishment that it's not possible or difficult.

Hank

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