Server naming scheme

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by Deimos, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. Deimos

    Deimos Gawd

    Aug 10, 2004
    I'm setting up a new mail server (exchange 2010) and I'm just wondering what to name it, my current mail server is ex1, I was going to use the same name but that would mean I would have to set up a temp mail server, migrate mail off the server, create the new sever and migrate mail back (PITA).

    I cant use MAIL either because that is the external name, I have a feeling that it may cause issues with RPC over HTTPS.
  2. bigdogchris

    bigdogchris [H]ard as it Gets

    Feb 19, 2008
    Protip: Never name your servers what their purpose is.
  3. MrGuvernment

    MrGuvernment [H]ard as it Gets

    Aug 3, 2004
    i name my systems


    as i get others i add 02, 03 et cetera

    makes it easy for anyone who may need to work on the network past me

    I know people will say don't name them what they are, but if someone gets into your network to get access, i think your already in trouble, scans will be running anyways telling them what they are.
  4. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat [H]ardForum Junkie

    Jul 19, 2004
    I do server names more according to client, and usually put some twist with a name based on what this client does for a business.
    Example....oil company, their main server is called tanker
    A home nursing agency, their main server is called Headnurse. their remote server has a bad pun..."Terminal"
    A nursing home I have their servers named after, rabbit, hound, etc
    Our servers, the military alphabet....Golf, Tango, Foxtrot, etc
    Another client..their servers named after moons and planets...Io, Pluto, Neptune, etc
    I remember another client I used to care for, before they moved, their servers were named after Calvin and Hobbes characters.

    And yet at some other clients, I have more traditional boring names based on their purpose. I wouldn't worry about naming servers based on their stated above, if someones in your network to cause trouble, even the most beginner of troublemakers will have the tools to easy ..within split seconds....find what each server does for roles.

    Do whatever you fancy.
  5. k1pp3r

    k1pp3r [H]ardness Supreme

    Jun 16, 2004
    Prety much this, My server names are all jacked up cause the original tech before me screwed some stuff up, but i have clients that name theirs after characters others that name them logically, like sql2008 and so forth, do whatever you like
  6. DeaconFrost

    DeaconFrost [H]ardForum Junkie

    Sep 6, 2007
    I typically use a location code that's relevant to the company, but not too specific, like their address. For example, in Philly, it would be PHL01, etc.