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Peer Connect Perspectives: Server Naming Conventions and Best Practices

Published: 04 March 2020

ID: G00467467

Analyst(s): Peer Contributors


Server naming convention is a set of rules applied while creating servers, to bring clarity and provide a unique identity to each server. A Peer Connect member requests his peers to share their insights on creating a good server naming convention.

Table Of Contents


Peer Strategies

  • Factors Affecting Developing Server Naming Schemes
  • Server Naming Practices
    • Start With Location Code
    • Use Numeric Reference
    • Fix the “Server” Naming Element
    • Add Business Criticality
    • Start With the General Grouping Property
    • Server Naming Can Be Fun and Secure
    • Differentiating Between Physical and Virtual Servers
    • Automated Naming Convention
    • Server Naming Convention for Geographically Diverse Domain
  • CMDB and Naming Conventions
  • Key Take-Aways
  • About Peer Connect Content

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