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#1 2013-04-10 16:56:09

MrCyborgBear
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What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

So, how do you name all your devices on your network to keep track of them?

I've been naming mine after Megaman characters, i.e. devices are main characters/allies, servers are robot masters.
Currently I have:
#! partition on laptop: Megaman
Windows partition on laptop: Dr. Wiley
Nexus 7: Bass
Linux Mint Desktop: Dr. Light
Android-based MP3 player: Rush
Raspberry Pi server: Gutsman

What naming schemes do you use?

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#2 2013-04-10 17:44:04

mynis01
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

A lot of the machines I touch are used by several people, so I try and name them things that actually describe what they do like "Building12FileServer" or "VPNConcentratorEast." I wish more people I worked with did the same thing... My home machines are all named after things from Greek/Roman history/mythology.

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#3 2013-04-10 17:50:25

pvsage
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

Whatever fictional universe has my attention at the time.  When I first got my netbook, I named it Offdensen after the CFO on Metalocalypse; my desktop is named Azarath after the location in Teen Titans. From my current avatar, you can probably guess what I would call a wifi server were I to set up a new one...

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#4 2013-04-10 18:37:38

JLloyd13
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

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#5 2013-04-10 19:33:38

PinkPanther
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

I don't name things.

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#6 2013-04-10 19:52:30

esteeven
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

I started with Spanish food (my main "family" computer is still pimineto and, over the years, I have had patatas, platano, pomelo and panceta) but recently I have moved to names from the Romance languages beginning with the letter P : I am currently working on paradilla and my laptop piccolo is next to me.

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#7 2013-04-10 21:02:28

wuxmedia
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

haven't we had this thread?
anyway mines so boring i'm gonna post anyway.

web/file server = sever
acer aspire = aspire
dell laptop = dell
compaq desktop = compaq
acer revo = revo

big_smile

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#8 2013-04-10 21:50:08

pvsage
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

@Wookiee:  I think it's a seasonal thing.

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#9 2013-04-10 22:13:20

gutterslob
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

Names go with souls.

People* have souls, animals have souls, motorcycles have souls.
Computing devices DO NOT have souls.

*some of em, at least.


Point & Squirt

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#10 2013-04-10 22:33:30

antiv0rtex
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Registered: 2012-10-05
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

I have no scheme. I just come up with whatever seems nice at the time. My server is named Laura after a friend, my laptop is named Mona because that's a name I like, and a box that I got for free from someone else that doesn't really have much of a use right now is named Euclid after the computer in the indie film "Pi" (1998). I still want to name something HAL, but I'm not sure what yet. smile

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#11 2013-04-10 23:02:43

DebianJoe
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

My T43 has a soul.  The soul of a temperamental 16-year old girl.

I name systems by Model Numbers.  T43/T420/E725/S500/A10 (I built it...so I just use processor).

EDIT: My home media server is "Skynet," so I guess I did name that one.  cool

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#12 2013-04-10 23:06:24

codingman
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Registered: 2013-03-22
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

I take the name of the distro and add "boss" to the end. e.g. a box with arch is "ArchBoss". Or I use BoringComputer1 or something for the old computers. smile


U iz not goin to getz an anzer frm me if u tip lik dis  mad

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#13 2013-04-10 23:25:24

el_koraco
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

They're all called elkoraco or Mr something

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#14 2013-04-11 03:13:43

MrCyborgBear
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

@wuxmedia I had searched for a similar topic, but i didn't find one. It's entirely possible i just didn't dig deep enough though.

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#15 2013-04-11 04:54:20

intoCB
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

Gutterslob is right, as usual.

The exception is James Brown because even though he is no longer animate, he will always have soul.


Yet another version of Windows is released today. Could this be the year of the Windows desktop?

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#16 2013-04-11 09:31:35

cpoakes
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From: Tucson, Arizona
Registered: 2012-05-19
Posts: 200

Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

I follow historical hostname conventions: 9 characters or less, lower case for typing convenience.  In the late 90s my systems were named after cloud formations: cumulus, nimbus, stratus... but I quickly ran out of names < 9 characters.  Then for eight years they were composers like handel, glass, ravel, einhorn, barber.. with Windows always assigned a baroque composer.  I got bored with that and changed to photography.  Now the computers are photographers: adams, porter (both composers AND photographers), weston, muybridge, salgado and the servers are cameras: pentax, canon, nikon and leica.  My router is boring: dd-wrt. 

Different boot partitions used to get different host names, which started as a way to differentiate Windows and Linux.  After some serious distro-hopping I put an end to that.  The hardware now always carries the same name no matter what OS is booted.


programming and administering unix since 1976 (BSD, System III, Xenix, System V, Linux)

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#17 2013-04-11 13:05:31

wizard10000
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

mynis01 wrote:

A lot of the machines I touch are used by several people, so I try and name them things that actually describe what they do like "Building12FileServer" or "VPNConcentratorEast." I wish more people I worked with did the same thing... My home machines are all named after things from Greek/Roman history/mythology.

I cut my teeth on a Department of Defense network and it's just my personal preference (and DoD directive) but I never use a server's role as part of the server name unless I'm setting up a honeypot  smile

No offense intended at all, but you were a hacker and saw two servers - one named LDS3941 and the other named BigSQLServerThatWillTakeDownTheEntireBusinessIfItFails which one would be the more attractive target?

big_smile


we see things not as they are, but as we are.
  -- anais nin

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#18 2013-04-11 16:35:03

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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

wuxmedia wrote:

haven't we had this thread?

Found them!

http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=5269
http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=19828

As for my computers, I just name it kevin-desktop. When I first tried Ubuntu it defaulted to using "username-desktop" as the name and I have stuck with that since. I don't share files or do any networking really so having unique names for my computers doesn't matter.

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#19 2013-04-11 19:34:57

junkie
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

I like to name mine, "BADMOTHERFUC*ER" like Samual L Jackson's wallet in Pulp Fiction.

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#20 2013-04-14 06:58:44

joek
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

wizard10000 wrote:
mynis01 wrote:

A lot of the machines I touch are used by several people, so I try and name them things that actually describe what they do like "Building12FileServer" or "VPNConcentratorEast." I wish more people I worked with did the same thing... My home machines are all named after things from Greek/Roman history/mythology.

I cut my teeth on a Department of Defense network and it's just my personal preference (and DoD directive) but I never use a server's role as part of the server name unless I'm setting up a honeypot  smile

No offense intended at all, but you were a hacker and saw two servers - one named LDS3941 and the other named BigSQLServerThatWillTakeDownTheEntireBusinessIfItFails which one would be the more attractive target?

big_smile

I just may be an utterly paranoid and over suspicious person, but anything names 'LDS3941' would automatically get my attention as something worth checking out. Then again, I have no idea how common *random string of numbers and letters* is for a hostname versus an actual descriptive name, so...

As for my computers, they are all named after deities from Greek mythology. My old laptop is hades, the current one is athene, when I set up my parents' desktop it was prometheus - after an unfortunate run in with my brother and dd, I don't think I even still have an account on it, let alone sudo rights, though.

The pattern is titans for desktops, gods for laptops. Anything smaller, such as a raspberry pi, would probably be a demi-god/hero.

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#21 2013-04-14 14:11:48

anonymous
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

joek wrote:

Then again, I have no idea how common *random string of numbers and letters* is for a hostname versus an actual descriptive name, so...

Well at least for Windows XP machines, I think it is common:
xpnew13.jpg
Also in a business/school environment, the computers may be named with the room they are in and a number.

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#22 2013-04-14 15:06:16

nore
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

I used to name machines according to date of purchase (like hp-2005-02-21)  at work and home alike. Since I don't change my own  hardware that often, I just name them according to first impression.
Desktop machine is now called laatikko (finnish for "box") because it is a tin box.
Work laptop is juhta (beast of burden), because it carries my heavy load.
Mini laptop is lelu (toy).
Test lappy is romulus (romu means scrap) because it is a clapped-out piece of old junk.

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#23 2013-04-14 22:15:32

stolid
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

I name things either after the type of computer, the OS, or both:
crunchbox for my main rig running CrunchBang
crunchtop for my laptop running CrunchBang
dodeca for my twelve core server
opty for my old Opteron 1212 rig

If I ever get my hands on a 24 or more core machine, I think I'd name it SkyNet. I think I may start using Terminator themed names in the future or something. Hopefully no similarly themed software will be involved. roll

I also like hardware (mostly CPU) codenames and such which works as I rarely ever upgrade a CPU - instead I tend to build a new machine.

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#24 2013-04-14 23:57:31

sunfizz98
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Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

I usually name my devices for the function they provide such as "HTPC" or "Printer".  Otherwise, I would normally name them after characters or nicknames from The Big Lebowski, such as Goldbricker.

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#25 2013-04-15 02:16:53

mynis01
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From: 127.0.0.1
Registered: 2010-07-02
Posts: 2,005

Re: What System Do You Have For Naming Your Devices?

wizard10000 wrote:
mynis01 wrote:

A lot of the machines I touch are used by several people, so I try and name them things that actually describe what they do like "Building12FileServer" or "VPNConcentratorEast." I wish more people I worked with did the same thing... My home machines are all named after things from Greek/Roman history/mythology.

I cut my teeth on a Department of Defense network and it's just my personal preference (and DoD directive) but I never use a server's role as part of the server name unless I'm setting up a honeypot  smile

No offense intended at all, but you were a hacker and saw two servers - one named LDS3941 and the other named BigSQLServerThatWillTakeDownTheEntireBusinessIfItFails which one would be the more attractive target?

big_smile

Security through obscurity is over rated. Most of these devices are all only accessible through a wired connection to the company's intranet anyways, and there's not much of anything that would be of value to someone outside of the organization anyways. If someone decides they want to break into an abnormally well secured network owned by a fortune 500 company just to vandalize someone's excel spreadsheets, they can go ahead.

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