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title: "A couple of naming schemes for my servers"
date: 2018-10-18 22:07 UTC
tags: sysadmin
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I like naming my servers, just like I name my Pokémon. 👨‍💻 Not every
server gets a cute name, if they are virtualized I tend to use a much more
mechanical name. However, for my homelab I have a number of physical machines.
These machines I take care of much more, like
[pets](https://devops.stackexchange.com/questions/653/what-is-the-definition-of-cattle-not-pets).
And all good pets require good names.
## Virtualization
Some of these servers are part of my virtualization cluster. These are bare
metal servers and host other servers that are kinda unreal. This is the
inspiration of my first scheme: virtualization hosts are named after mythical
or other fantastical metals 🤖. Here's a list of metals my servers are named,
that I feel are distinct enough to avoid confusion, along with the source
material.
* **adamantium**, from X-Men
* **australium**, from Team Fortress 2
* **carbonite**, from Star Wars
* **darksteel**, from Magic: The Gathering
* **dilithium**, from Star Trek
* **etherium**, from Magic: The Gathering
* **krpytonite**, from Superman
* **metal-slime**, from Dragon Quest
* **mithril**, from every fantasy series
* **naqahdah**, from Star Gate: SG-1
* **octarine**, from Dota 2
* **orichalcum**, from every fantasy series
* **redstone**, from Minecraft
* **scarletite**, from Final Fantasy
* **starmetal**, from Fallout, Elder Scrolls, and D&D
* **tritanium**, from Star Trek
* **vibranium**, from Marvel Comics
That's 17 names of servers. I *hope* that would be enough to cover all of the
machines I own now (5), and into the future. If I ever get 18 or more servers
in my cluster, I have lots of problems. I shouldn't ever get to that point.
## Utility ARM [single-board computers](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-board_computer)
On the opposite spectrum of a machine meant for the virtualization cluster, I
also have a number of utility computers around my apartment as part of the
homelab. The original ones in this group were Raspberry Pis, so I developed
this naming scheme with those in mind. Every one of these computers are named
after a pie 🥧. In particular ones more popular in the United States, where I
grew up.
* **apple-pie**
* **blueberry-pie**
* **cherry-pie**
* **meat-pie**
* **meringue-pie**
* **pecan-pie**
* **pumpkin-pie**
* **raspberry-pie**
I only own 4 right now, so this list should also hopefully cover my future needs.
## What about you?
What is your naming scheme? Make sure you have one, any one. A consistent scheme
is much easier to remember and interpret at a later date. Failing that, at least
make sure each server has it's purpose documented in a central wiki.
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