What's in a Name?

P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at pjc@eweek.com.
By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2011-07-08 Email Print this article Print

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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Adam had the burden of coming up with names for all the animals; how do you decide on a naming convention?

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?

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