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    Server Naming:

    Just interested how you keep track of your servers by name. I know alot of people just use

    Server1, Server2, Server3, Server4...
    Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta...

    But does anyone here get more creative? Does it help in remembering the servers unique features?

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    We've just gone for planet names.

    Some others I have heard people go for are names from shakespear plays, Animals, birds, cars, Pretty much anything there is a group of!
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    What happens when you run out of planets?

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    I like to use the Greek alphabet.

    Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, etc., etc.
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    We use the name of sea creatures.

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    Anything that sounds good, ie,

    Mooch
    Bam
    Chaching
    Etc Etc
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    I have always just gone for boring, but descriptive names.

    For example: srv1, srv2, srv2, etc...

    Most of the time this information is not revealed to the user, so I go for whatever would be easiest to remember for me.

    It is much easier for me to be able to tell my staff that "srv1" is having a problem, than to tell them that "mooch" is, and have them know what I mean.

    Whatever you feel most comfortable with is what you should choose, even though names like "mooch" may be quite a bit more fun.
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    How about random 12-digit numbers?
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    Hehe... hmm, I've seen some creative ones over the years in a few NOC's - "BigDog", "Juggernaut", "Ferrari", etc.

    But I could understand how this might lose its appeal if you have a cage of 50 1U servers. ("Srv042" might end up being a little easier to find!)
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    I named my own computers following simpsons characters I don't think that would look very good for servers though, it just doesn't seem professional.

    cities/rivers are good ones to use. stars and galaxies.. mountains....

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    My server is named after the most respected turntable company...

    Technics


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    Crap! I thought I was being creative using the: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta system! Oh well, it sports the pride for the Armed Forces!

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    Originally posted by lnguyen
    I named my own computers following simpsons characters I don't think that would look very good for servers though, it just doesn't seem professional.

    cities/rivers are good ones to use. stars and galaxies.. mountains....
    professional shmoessional.

    We got bored with Simpsons and now we use Futurama. Sometimes we even let clients pick which character the new server is going be named after.

    One thing people forget is that being professional isn't all about acting like you've got a broom handle inserted where it doesn't belong. People don't 'act' professional. (except on WHT of course) They either are or they aren't, regardless of their server names. That's not to take a shot at you, but just to make the statement in general.

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    i use fruit names, apple, banana...

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    We typically use storms, i.e. typhoon, hurricane, tornado, etc
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    we had flare, pulsar, nebula, then we went boring with he1 (host europe 1), he2, mnap1, etc

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    Greek and Roman gods.

    Athena, Zeus, Hera, Hades, you know like those.
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    I'd use two words that start with the same letter like, and the second has to do with computer/server parts.

    "Attacking ATI"

    "Flashing Files"

    "Terrifing Tower"

    "Raging Rack"

    "Stealthy Server"

    etc
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    Finally, a bit of creativity keep em comin, this is interesting.

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    Well for our dns servers we went with simple DNS1 and DNS2.elitehosts.com

    As for shared hosting server we started with movie characters:
    ace (ventura)
    morpheus (from the matrix)
    etc....

    Dedicated/colo customers usually have their last names as the box name: sopher, moore, chapo etc...

    Its nice to have a sense of humor. However, when we call our colo provider for a reboot, it's kind of wierd telling them to reboot "morpheus"


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    Originally posted by Lippy
    Greek and Roman gods.

    Athena, Zeus, Hera, Hades, you know like those.
    Same here. Greek gods all the way.

    http://www.mythome.org/Greekconcord.html


    edit--The only thing I notice is that the servers which are "not the nice ones" tend to have more problems than the ones named after the so-called good gods....
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    Whoa, You Guys do Different things, This is Cool, I like the Plant One and Greek Gods.

    Thanks,
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    We name our internal boxes after baseball teams. So far, customers have never complained about being hosted on "cubs" or "angels" but I imagine one day some crazed fan will complain!

    To the poster who names servers after greek alpha-characters: Did you know that three letters which were used most commonly as numerals, and not so often in phonetics, have been dropped from the classical greek alphabet? These include DiGamma ϝ, San Ϻ, Qoppa Ϙ, and Sampi Ϡ. Just a little thing I learned during my fraternity days!

    It looks like the WHT forum software butchered my HTML for the greek characters a bit ... Sorry about that!
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    Composers and philosophers.

    Examples: Gershwin, Copland, Kant.

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    We used Muppets/Sessame Street Characters:
    Gonzo
    Bert
    Ernie
    Animal
    etc.

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    Originally posted by -alb-
    We used Muppets/Sessame Street Characters:
    Gonzo
    Bert
    Ernie
    Animal
    etc.
    LOL!

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    We use airline callsigns for each of our server names(yeah we are aviation geeks):
    - speedbird = British Airways
    - BLUE STREAK - USAirways Commuter
    etc, etc.

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    The nameservers we have are pretty generic but internally we have named our servers after Star Trek The Next Generation characters last names.

    Picard
    Jordi
    Riker
    Data
    Worf
    Crusher

    and so on.

    Next group of servers we will be using Pacman names and then....

    As I said this is internal and our clients have no idea the name of the server is except the nameserver of da##. etc.
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