Name that server

I just got my first VMware host box in yesterday and I set out this morning to get the host OS up and running. One of the joys of being a network admin is naming servers. Prior to me working here, there existed about six or seven Windows servers, each named according to it’s purpose. I’ve since added a couple of Linux boxes, and they typically receive more fun names, typically somewhat related to sci-fi, which is odd, because I’m not that into sci-fi.

skynet was the first, setup around three years ago now running an evaluation version of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9. It is still up and running today, serving the same purpose it originally did – a sandbox of sorts where the IT folks test things and as a fairly general file storage area for things that may be of sensitive nature.

www was the next Linux machine, running SuSE Linux 10.0. I’m not really sure why I didn’t stick to my naming convention. Probably because one server hardly qualifies it as a naming convention. It’s also up and running strong today, hosting our company Intranet and soon, our public facing website as well.

intrepid was Linux server number three and served as my testing box back when I was evaluating and learning Asterisk. You can see I picked up the naming convention again here. intrepid is actually not even a Linux box anymore. It’s now running as my VMware Server demo machine with Windows Server 2003 as the host OS. That will soon be changing though…

borgcube is our fourth and was the first Dell server to enter my environment here. borgcube is a Dell PowerEdge 830 with a dual-core Pentium D processor running at 3.2 Ghz with 2GiB of RAM and serves as our production Asterisk box running CentOS 4.4.

And that bring us to today. Drum roll please…
atlantis will be entering service later this afternoon. As the first of two VMware Server host boxes, I ordered it “extra-beefy” in comparison to anything else inside the ESI IT environment (well, with the exception of the iSeries I guess). It’s also a Dell, but this time, a PowerEdge 2950 (2u rack-mountable) with a single Quad Core Intel Xeon E5320 processor, 4GiB of RAM, and three 160GB hard drives in RAID5 configuration. As far as the name is concerned, I couldn’t really come up with anything else great sci-fi related, so I chose to begin moving towards aeronautics/space travel in general for names, both factual and fictional names are valid. This name comes directly from NASA and Orbiter Vehicle #104 – also known as Space Shuttle Atlantis, which will likely be retired in a year or so, following STS-125, the final planned mission to service the Hubble Telescope.

I’m having to work hard on getting the OS to load. I was going to use Ubuntu 6.06 LTS as the host OS, but it won’t recognize my network card. I’ve got CentOS 4.55 x86_64 disc one downloading now – we’ll see how that goes I guess. I’m in a bit of an awkward position as far as OS goes. I was really wanting to go Ubuntu LTS so that the security fixes are guaranteed for the next several years, but with the driver support, that’s not happening. The CentOS 4.x line is my second favorite distro right now, and those fixes are guaranteed for a while also, so hopefully that works out. I’m quite hesitant to add another distro to the hodge-podge I already have.