What's in a Name?

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Although many organizations have a standard template for naming servers, it wasn't always that way. One of the few perks of being admin was getting to choose a naming convention. In my years in IT, I've seen schemes that used everything from Looney Tunes characters to stars and planets as the basis for naming network devices. I've used Australian animals, birds and trees, and in my most elaborate lab setup, I was using the names of villages near my birthplace to identify domains that were set off by operating system, messaging platform or another function

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I had to name a server this week, and figured that it had better be a good one, since I was going to be referring to it for months, if not years, to come. It took a while, because I couldn't decide if we'd begun a pattern when we set up the new lab infrastructure at the beginning of the year. Ultimately, I found one I liked, and it didn't hurt that nobody else was around to turn up a nose at my choice.

So, what are your most entertaining naming schemes?