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    Hi Everyone

    We are replacing and upgrading all of our servers and we are recreating our entire domain so that means we can have new server names. At the moment we have boring names based on their role. Does anybody have any ideas, was thinking LCARS, Enterprise, Voyager etc.. big Star Trek fan we have 14+ servers so we need quite a few names and also got to bear in mind that we are a school and pupils see the names so they cant be rude Dam!! lol

    Any ideas would be great!!

    Matt

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    I liked the suggestion of using backwards animal names someone said in a previous thread, made me want to set up a whole new network just so I can name the servers!

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    comic book bad/good guys (bad guys are cooler) with "Gothem" as your domain name

    x-men characters?

    We use knights of the round table here, with the domain called "camelot" and "arthur" as our DC.

    I know Bath Uni (job interview) use bird species for there servers but I didn't think that was to creative...
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    Sounds boring, but with that many servers, believe me it's much easier to use a proper naming convention, or sometimes it can get confusing. You get used to them, true, but it can be a nightmare if anyone new starts, or if anyone works on your system. Mine are going to be based on the template SA-DC01 (SA being the initials of the academy, DC01-Domain Controller 01)

    If you want to use names, one I would love to see would be names of pokemon characters, purely cos they're so silly! Go on, you know you want to

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    We name ours like the following

    SCHOOL-DC-01 --- SCHOOL-EXCHANGE --- SCHOOL-SQL

    works quite well, and it helps remember all the servers

    Before i started, the servers were name after the south park characters.. which i found quite ammusing, i actually found a network cable that had a label on which said "cartman" the other day. so i'm guessing that was that servers network cable lol

    Oh the Joy!

    This may cause problems, i dunno just a late night thought without actually thinking..

    Call the actual machine something proper, and then create a second DNS Entry called something funny and point it to the same IP (CNAME) then you get the best of both worlds. lol

    James.

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    The other thing if you prefix them all with the same name they then all end up in the same place if you browse the network to find one. One school I worked in they were just called DC01, EXCHANGE, STORAGE etc. which meant they were all over the place in the list.

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    They currently have the naming convention of alcoholic drinks, PENKA, BACARDI, STELLA but will be changing them over the summer to the more organised.

    STB-SVR-VMWARE
    STB-SVR-SHAREPOINT
    STB-SVR-MANSRV1

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    I have three themes, depending on what the box does it gets a name from the correct theme. Giving obvious "box does this" names in a network where most of the users fall into the untrusted category is sub-optimal imo.

    If an end-user needs to access a server by name, it gets cnamed to the appropriate function.

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    The only problem with using incremental numbering e.g. DC01, DC02 is that MS recommends that any new DC doesn't have the same name as a previous one so you end up removing DC01 and replacing it with DC03. Eventually the numbers become as confusing as names especially if you have over 10 servers (that only applies to DC's though).


    Also 'friendly' names are much easier for staff/students to remember if you're describing a location, this is the same reason that we give printers names as well.

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    [QUOTE=.........this is the same reason that we give printers names as well.[/QUOTE]


    Really? What do you call them then?

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    After reading extensive documentation on naming standards and looking at websites such as Guide to Computer Naming Schemes and Conventions.

    We then further debated the issue and named all our servers after the Teletubbies When they ran out we know put names into a hat and pick one out!

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    Going to be in the process of changing them soon but the print server was Springfield and the printers all had the names of the Simpsons characters. Students would then just walk in and say Homer is out of toner instead of the usual eerrrr I’m not sure which one but it's out of toner.


    We wanted to do the same for the Citrix boxes as well so users could easily remember the server name but we've gone with numbers now to make scripting easier.

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    The last place I worked at, I named all the servers and workstations after cities in India (Agra, Varanasi, Jodphur, Jaipur, etc). Here, we have to use boring names that show the make/role/location of the machine

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    we name them liek

    DS1, DS2 --- domain services
    MS1, MS2 --- mail services
    FS1, FS2 --- file services
    US1 --- update servives

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