Need help with server namespace

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.


X-Men characters, all of them.
By the way, if you use "Sun product code-names as a theme", you know you may end up with an Ultra 5 named "starkitty" and a router called "MadHatter" ?

PS. A little Trivia: Netscape's code name for Fastraq server (the home use web server) for Windows 95 was "Mission: Impossible"

Posted by Jaime Cardoso on September 02, 2004 at 01:48 AM PDT #

Grateful Dead theme:
  • drums
  • space
  • loser
  • bertha
  • ripple
  • truckin
  • darkstar
  • operator
  • candyman
  • alligator
  • mississippihalfstepuptowntoodeloo

Posted by Kris Schneider on September 02, 2004 at 02:27 AM PDT #

Internet RFCs to the rescue:


Posted by Fazal Majid on September 02, 2004 at 03:05 AM PDT #

We've used lots of cartoon characters in our lab: Power Puff Girls, Space Ghost & friends. But the, for the utility systems that make up the infrastructre, they are all boring. atl-sewr-something to make sure we don't collide with anyone else. Lately, I've been thinking of a vacation and am tempted to use Kauai place names....

Posted by Scott Dickson on September 02, 2004 at 07:45 AM PDT #

I never use names of people. (Where is jim? No, the server jim not the manager jim)

I like using beers. For clarity, buy one bottle of each brand, empty :-), and place on the server. Chimay, Becks, Shiner, Fat Tire, ...

Posted by Judd Rogers on September 02, 2004 at 07:57 AM PDT #

These are all good suggestions. I just thought of one. How about naming them after windows viruses?

Posted by John Clingan on September 02, 2004 at 08:52 AM PDT #

I hate to always be dwelling on the negative but, I'm imagining it at sunsolve:
(sun tech suport person), bla, bla, like this example:
# ping nimda Response from nimda [] in 1 ms

Posted by Jaime Cardoso on September 02, 2004 at 09:13 AM PDT #

HA! You got me rolling on that one!

Posted by John Clingan on September 02, 2004 at 09:16 AM PDT #

In our environment, we name servers based on 'themes' based on what the system generally does:

Database Servers are named for "red shirt" folks in the Matrix: "Apoc", "Switch", "Mouse" and "Dozer".

The VCS Cluster uses "split personality" names: "Smeagol" And "Gollum" are the current two nodes.

The Application Servers always come in pairs, and thus are named after cartoon pairings: "Nemo" and "Dory", "Pinky" and "Brain", "Ren" and "Stimpy", "Buzz" and "Woody"

Lab boxes are a bit more random, but the general theme are comic books: "Violator", "Punisher", etc.

Posted by john on September 02, 2004 at 12:00 PM PDT #

We went for fish names with out fish in. so bream, carp and the like. we even maintain the names file in cvs and remove them as we use them or add them as we think of new ones.

Posted by bob on September 03, 2004 at 01:13 AM PDT #

In our enviroment, we have a couple different ones. All the AIX boxes are named after candy. (I.E. payday, twix, butterfinger, milkduds, snickers, etc). The sun's use a couple of different ones. The very old machines were named after trees, i.e. aspen,poplar,dogwood,elm,chestnut. The newer ones are named after muppet and sesamestreet characters, and we also use some cartoon names for the new ones too.

Posted by jason on September 04, 2004 at 08:58 AM PDT #

One scheme I like (although it's not very scalable) is naming my computers after those in sci-fi. Blake's 7 fans will recognise zen, slave, and orac (the latter is of course my SPARCstation Voyager!), but there's no points for guessing why my dual-headed Ultra 60 is called zaphod... :-) One place I consulted at used names from the legends of King Arthur, and uses the names of the planets and their moons.

Posted by Rich Teer on September 06, 2004 at 02:46 PM PDT #

My favorite machine names were of Addam's Family characters (Lurch, Thing, Mama, Fester, It, Gomez, Pugsly, Wednesday). We've also used James Bond Villians.

Posted by Steve Pietrowicz on September 09, 2004 at 01:35 AM PDT #

A friend and I have joked for years about starting a new host naming convention... but we never have the guts to do it. We call the theme "Fluids of the body" and it goes like this: bile tears vomit sweat mucous urine saliva blood snot etc...

Posted by Dale Sears on September 17, 2004 at 06:29 AM PDT #

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