By John Clingan on Sep 02, 2004
In my sales office we have a lab where geeks like myself get hands-on time with new Sun technology (hardware and/or software). We recently went through a network ip range change as we consolidated offices. As a consequence, we are re-visiting the naming scheme.
When visiting customers, I like to hear their naming scheme. All sysadmins are guilty of wanting to add "character" to their servers :) "David" and "goliath" in one customer. Another customer uses the star trek theme (suprise) such as "spock", "jim" etc. Hey, anyone else play the boozing star trek game in college where you had to take a drink every time McCoy said "Jim" and slam the drink when McCoy said "Damnit Jim"? OK, I digress.
At home I use the chess opening theme such as "benko" (my favorite), "alekhine", "sicilian", etc. Yeah, I was a pretty good chess player (a USCF strength of about 1750 with a rating in the 1500's due to lack of tournament play). Not great, but solid.
In our lab, machines come in and go out fairly regularly and even the more hardwired machines are multi-purpose over time. I prefer a naming scheme of "server1", "server2", etc. Currently it is "lab1", "lab2", etc. Boring but true. Now with the re-numbering we are considering a new naming theme. I prefer the boring naming theme. Some of my co-workers (like Matt) do not. Daryl, a non-blogger, prefers Sun product code-names as a theme. Not a bad idea.
I am open to a new naming theme, and here is your chance to provide input. What would \*you\* name our servers? Be nice and ... um ... clean.