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General Chat Thread, Server Names in General; Originally Posted by Hightower Well, I can see where it makes sense in your case, but when you have a ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Well, I can see where it makes sense in your case, but when you have a server that is the jack of all trades how can you possibly give it a meaningful name? XXX-DC-FS-PS-AV-SQL-001
    If it had domain services on them I would always call them dc-001, 002, 003 because you want ot reference they do domain work at the least and work from there but cases like that are rare these days and sql, exch, web on a dc I would have heart failure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    yeah, but could you come here and tell me what my zimbra server is called without looking?
    No, because you use silly names. ( ) Ours is called BBS-ZCS-001, not Pat.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    likewise, could you come here and tell me which DC lexia is installed to, without looking at documentation.
    No, but I don't really think Lexia is big enough to dedicate to part of a server name to anyway.

    Tom
    Dick
    Harry
    Thomas
    Edward
    Henry
    Which one of those is a file server of some sort? No idea.

    schooldc01
    schoolfile01
    schoolfile02
    schooldb01
    schoolweb01
    schoolmail01
    Which one of those is a file server of some sort? I'd guess schoolfile01 + 02.
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    I hate to say it but I absolutely abhor non-structured names. For everything.
    I really strongly believe in fixed naming conventions for everything... for example, most people would be able to tell me what role these servers did or at least have a bloody good guess:

    XXX-DC1
    XXX-Print1
    XXX-MIS1
    XXX-ISA1
    XXX-SEC1

    I use fixed naming conventions for everything - GPOs, Printers, Users, Workstatons, switches, APs... everything. I always think a name should be purposeful and explanatory.

    I'll get off my soapbox now and get m'coat.

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    All valid points, taken onboard.

    Our servers are now going to be called:

    XXX-Thomas-001
    XXX-Thomas-002
    XXX-Edward-001
    XXX-Hank-001


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    Quote Originally Posted by pantscat View Post
    I hate to say it but I absolutely abhor non-structured names. For everything.
    I really strongly believe in fixed naming conventions for everything... for example, most people would be able to tell me what role these servers did or at least have a bloody good guess:

    XXX-DC1
    XXX-Print1
    XXX-MIS1
    XXX-ISA1
    XXX-SEC1

    I use fixed naming conventions for everything - GPOs, Printers, Users, Workstatons, switches, APs... everything. I always think a name should be purposeful and explanatory.

    I'll get off my soapbox now and get m'coat.
    Agreed I do this with gpo as well like installOffice2007SP2 , policyStaff , configPowerManagement I do this from programming days lower case start to state what it is ie 'install' then Caps for what is like PrinterColourICT2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    All valid points, taken onboard.

    Our servers are now going to be called:

    XXX-Thomas-001
    XXX-Thomas-002
    XXX-Edward-001
    XXX-Hank-001

    Which one is Lexia on then?

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    That would be XXX-Lxeai-001

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    Our non essential servers are named after alcoholic beverages but I still stick with a prefix so I can identify straight away that they are servers.

    STB-SVR-CORONA
    STB-SVR-BACARDI
    STB-SVR-PENKA
    STB-SVR-STELLA
    etc...

    As above, without documentation if I was to get knocked over by a bus the roles of the servers are not obvious, but just as well the documentation is in place.

    General servers take the layout of:

    STB-SVR-001
    STB-SVR-002
    STB-SVR-003
    STB-SVR-004
    STB-SVR-MANSRV1
    STB-SVR-SQL
    STB-SVR-SBLG
    STB-SVR-ISA

    etc
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    Structured server names here, in my mind it makes it much easier.

    SA-DC01, SA-DC02, SA-ST01, SA-EX01, SA-SIMS, SA-SV01, SA-SV02, SA-SV03, SA-FOG, SA-XIBO and a few more.

    SV01 and SV02 are multi purpose servers for things like virus checker management, WSUS etc.

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    I've always hated obfuscation, my servers are called, server, exchange, nod32, ISA. yay simple! I've renamed all staff laptops to their name also mines 'cwoodward' just saves having to use a conversion table!

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    On a slightly different note, a lot of you have three digits in their server name like 001. Can I ask why this is? Is it choice, is it an RM thing, or is it just something that has always been?

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    How servers until recently were all named after trees did you know there is a Milk tree! now we have just started on using planets, and obviously we now have an Uranus lol.

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    Uranus... lol.

    Teacher: I'm looking for the photo library.
    IT-Bod: It's in Uranus...

    I can see that going well.

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    We have 6 physical boxes called MA1-6. All of these are VMWare ESXi boxes.

    Server wise, the Vservers are referred to as MA-DHCP, MA-WEB, MA-SQL, MA-AD1/2/3, MA-PRINT, MA-DTOX (Sophos), etc.

    The only one not referred to by name, but by IP is the Cisco Callmanager and attendant unit. I've documented those. Does make life easier if you're having one of those days and have a brain fade..."which one of the sods is it NOW?..AH, yes..him..".

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I've always hated obfuscation, my servers are called, server, exchange, nod32, ISA. yay simple! I've renamed all staff laptops to their name also mines 'cwoodward' just saves having to use a conversion table!
    I do this the laptops were sgs-lap21 so I d have to find on spreadsheet who had it

    But I changed them to WOOD, CHADBOND so when I remote assist its quite easy

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