Coming in late to this thread but my first server was called Pauline. Shortly followed by Matthew, then came Tubs, Iris and of inevitably Dave ("You're my wife now.").
we have a mix of sources for names.
windows servers tend to be LOTR (sauron for our cctv, merry + pippin for eportal and cmis database servers)
mac servers have mcx+what every it does
linux servers i setup are wow bosses.
some old linux servers that an old techie name are some geeky swear words from some geeky tv show. (loomas, mivonks)
My last server install was for a new Exchange server. Being that the initials of the school I work for are BS I thought why not combine the two!
It wasn't until a week or so after when I was troubleshooting an Outlook issue on the Headteachers PC he turned from the screen with a confused frown and said "BSEX-01", who called the server that?!" that I realised I might have chosen a more suitable name!
Interesting topic, but I think I will refrain in giving out such information as I am paranoid about IT security. Yes they may be just names of servers or equipment on a network which may or may not be in a DNS table of sorts but a hacker or someone with a grudge has to start somewhere.
I had a convention which was 3 letters of job title, so when it came to the Assistant Heads PC, well she became the ASSHEAD-01 and I thought I can't call it that, so it got changed to ASSTHEAD-01 just for her (as she was a supportive asst. head ) and she said how come everyone else is 3 letters and i said well it was rude to call your PC an asshead and she was oh its fine i've been called far worse in my career as a teacher than an asshead so I had to laugh
SCS-SRV-EX01 - Mail Server/DC
KERMIT - DC
FOZZIE - DC
SCS-SRV-IT01 - IT Server
SCS-SRV-SCS - SIMS Server
SKINNERSIMS - SIMS
SHACKLETON - NAS
I wanted call ours after godfather and mafia characters, sad I know and the SAN i wanted to call Chicago. Mess about in chicago and you will sleep with the fishes lol sad .
In the end it was KEA to represent the school and a letter to note function, so KEAP is primary, KEAB is backup, KEAS is sims and KEAM is multipurpose (WSUS etc), with KEABSTOR for the backup server software etc.
My Servers at home:
WWNDC01 (Virtual Machine running on VMWare ESX 3.5 Server)
WWNWB01 (Virtual Machine running on VMWare ESX 3.5 Server)
If you ever want to start arguments in the office or have long periods of silence that you want to break but you just don't know how.... name your servers after Transformers! :-D
I name all our servers after space ships from the star trek series.
ours are all female names (apart from the ones we havn't replaced yet)
so far we have
the list goes on but i can't remember the rest i have to many!
We use function + assit No I.E.
SV-000001 for servers
WS-000001 for workstations
LT-000001 for laptops
PR-000001 for printers
We use site + 3 letter function + incremental number
LN1ADS01 = london office/active directory server/01
BS3BAK02 = Boston web domain/backup server/02
boring, but means you can see what each does and where it is very easily
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