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General Chat Thread, Server Names in General; Just decided to call our new servers: DC1 - Thomas DC2 - Edward DC3 - Henry Management PC - SirTophamHatt ...
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    Server Names

    Just decided to call our new servers:

    DC1 - Thomas
    DC2 - Edward
    DC3 - Henry
    Management PC - SirTophamHatt
    NAS1 & NAS2 - Bill & Ben
    Media Server - Stepney (as our media server is an old SIMS server, brought back from retirement)
    ESX Server - Hank (biggest engine for the biggest server, hosting 8 vm's)

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    As long as the names mean something so you know the function.

    Our Clickview video server is called "Lucas", which I think is very fitting.

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    I would hate names like that!!

    I go by my old managers way:

    sgs-dc-001
    sgs-file-004
    sgs-sql-001

    etc...

    Used to be before I came

    stretford-01 , 02, 03 this gives a new person no clue what is what

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    We only have 1-2 servers so at one schools I have Jupiter & Juno and at the other I have Zeus.

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    I do like to have structured names i.e. SCH-DC-01 / SCH-DC-02 / SCH-HYPERV-01 etc. but we used to have the fun names also! I think i called a Database Instance "Megatron" for our SharePoint Inst... few other crazy things but when we created all the new 2k8 boxes they were named properly. : )

    James.

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    I once had an ICT suite (if you can call it a suite) of 7 desktops so they were named Happy, Dopey, Grumpy etc. I found staff remembered which one they were working on when named like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irsprint84 View Post
    I would hate names like that!!

    I go by my old managers way:

    sgs-dc-001
    sgs-file-004
    sgs-sql-001

    etc...

    Used to be before I came

    stretford-01 , 02, 03 this gives a new person no clue what is what
    We currently have XXX-SVR-001 etc. Might seem structured but would you know what that server does? Without documentation, whether we use structured names or not, you wouldn't have the foggiest.

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    We have one called Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-01 and another called Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-02 and these are just for creating magic and of course the administrator is known as .............MaryPoppins

    We find that daydreaming is a part of the fun like jumping in and out of paint pictures and laughing so hard we go up to the roof.............we just like having fun as work is so serious these days.

    What say's you Bert?

    Aaawwwww leeeeve it arrrt I eeze jus gointo cleen these ere chimmiinnies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    We currently have XXX-SVR-001 etc. Might seem structured but would you know what that server does?
    Yep.

    BBS-WEB-001, BBS-VLE-001, BBS-XEN-001, BBS-MIS-001 - I wonder what they do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    Yep.

    BBS-WEB-001, BBS-VLE-001, BBS-XEN-001, BBS-MIS-001 - I wonder what they do?
    So do I..... BBS-WEB-001 - that must be hosting Joomla. BBS-VLE-001 - well, that's obviously an install of SharePoint. BBS-MIS-001 - that must be using CMIS right?

    Yeah, you can quickly see at a glance their rough jobs. But to actually know anything worth knowing about that server you're gonna need to see documention whether it's named in a structured format or not.

    XXX-SVR-001 may look nice and structured, but you don't know whether that's hosting our AV software, Lexia, which printers, users etc etc.

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    We use greek gods and deities.

    Sophia, Chaos, Ares, Gaia, Cronus, Zeus etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    So do I..... BBS-WEB-001 - that must be hosting Joomla. BBS-VLE-001 - well, that's obviously an install of SharePoint. BBS-MIS-001 - that must be using CMIS right?
    No, but that's not relevant - I know its role. With Tom, Dick or Harry names, I have even less clue. Which is why documentation is important regardless of names

    Structured names like that also get grouped alphabetically in lists, which is useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    So do I..... BBS-WEB-001 - that must be hosting Joomla. BBS-VLE-001 - well, that's obviously an install of SharePoint. BBS-MIS-001 - that must be using CMIS right?

    Yeah, you can quickly see at a glance their rough jobs. But to actually know anything worth knowing about that server you're gonna need to see documention whether it's named in a structured format or not.

    XXX-SVR-001 may look nice and structured, but you don't know whether that's hosting our AV software, Lexia, which printers, users etc etc.
    I have sgs-man-001 for management stuff like xen, av etc..

    You cant 100% get everything but I had no documentation when I started so would have helped abit!

    Plus when I want to access exchange under panic its simple sgs-exch-001 not having to think if its humpty or numpty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by irsprint84 View Post
    Plus when I want to access exchange under panic its simple sgs-exch-001 not having to think if its humpty or numpty!
    But how do you know it's sgs-exch-001 instead of sgs-exc-001? Because you learned it right? So how is that any different to learning that Thomas is the 1st DC, that Hank is the big ESXi server?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    But how do you know it's sgs-exch-001 instead of sgs-exc-001? Because you learned it right? So how is that any different to learning that Thomas is the 1st DC, that Hank is the big ESXi server?
    The clue's in the name?

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