Machine Hostnames

Written By: Jake Bauer | Posted: 2020-07-12 | Last Updated: 2020-07-12

Some sysadmins choose to name their machines using strict alphanumeric schemes which contain information like operating system, service, number, or location. Others choose to give their machines pet-like names which follow a certain theme or mean something to them.

I am of the latter camp since I don’t have many machines and my environment isn’t complex enough that I have to worry about losing track of which machine is which. I tend to name my machines after elements of the Greek Underworld mythology because it’s cool. Below is a table of hostnames that belong to my currently-running machines:

Name Description Current Use
Acheron River of pain Router/Firewall
Lethe River of forgetfullness Git server
Oceanus River that encircles the world, marks edge of Underworld Dell Venue Tablet
Curae Anxiety Matrix Server
Geras Old Age Thinkpad T420s
Eris Discord Mastodon Instance
Charon The ferryman of the dead Nginx Web Server/Reverse Proxy
Cerberus Guardian of the gates to the Underworld Proxmox VE
Minos Judge of the final vote Monitoring Server
Hades God of the Underworld Desktop Computer
Tartarus Pits of oblivion, dungeon of torment and suffering Mail Server

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