in schools i use a combo of make/model so "hpml350g6" for example. removes the problem of having a server called "server" when upgrading.
At home I use planets from firefly,
main server = Londinium
Rails Production VM = Whitefall
SRCDS VM = Shadow
My COmputers also follow the scheme so
PC = Deadwood
Net Top = Highgate
Net Book = Constance
We've just got a new naming system, we name them sequentially and categorised according to their role... so any server that starts nsg-vs is virtualised and nsg-ps means a physical server. Then roles are ps (print server), dc (domain controller), fs (file server)... and then a number. So say for example we were setting up two virtual gaming servers we'd call them nsg-vs-gs01 and nsg-vs-gs02. There's not much call for that sort of thing in school though so I doubt it will happen.
I really must find out who has my Firefly dvds, I miss them!
Mixture of the phonetic alphabet and serverX (replace X with a number!).
I've had great fun with server names over the years. Somewhere on t'interweb there is a paper about naming, three things I remember and always make sure of:
1. Particulalry if using English placenames, make sure there isn't a rude word in the middle of the name, even Sussex can cause problems to some filtering software !
2. Make the desktop wallpaper relate to the machine name, helps you remember what machine you are on.
3. Make sure the first part and last part of the name is different to existing servers in your organisation. We had a Webserver called Speyside and a DB server called Speybridge and were always mixing them up ! We had some problems with servers Clacton and Frinton - these went away when we renamed Frinton to Margate !
One other tip is buy a label machine so if you have to ask a non-tech to reboot you can have confidence they choose the right machine !
All of our servers are named after starwars characters
Vader, c3po, bobafett, r2d2, yoda, cantina.
Best one is Jabba, for our catering system
We named our IT room 'Olympus' after Mount Olympus...
My office computer is called "Epicfail", and my technicnan's computer is called "ThunderLOL"
We have a common school stem at the front of our server names followed by two, three or four characters [included to try and summarise the job of the server] then followed by 01, 02,... etc.
If our school name was Bash Street School our first Domain controller [first one created] would be called:
The second domain controller would be:
Our first File Server would be:
I know that it lacks originality but it works for me.
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