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Can someone give some insight to 4 fully qualified hostnames I can use for our new server setup. Assume the name of the website is helloworld.com We have the following:

  • A Webserver
  • A Failover Server
  • A Storage Server
  • A Database Server
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What is your expansion plan for the future?

A generic set up that allows for scalability (more machines in the future) would look like this:

web1.helloworld.com
standby1.helloworld.com
files1.helloworld.com
db1.helloworld.com

If the failover is for the web server, you may want to try: web2.helloworld.com or backup2.helloworld.com or something like that.

(You may start things with 1 or 0.)

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This is smarter, starting at 1 for everything :-) –  Kyle Brandt Nov 17 '09 at 15:34
    
You may not need it right away, but I'd pad those numbers with one or more leading zeros. –  Dennis Williamson Nov 17 '09 at 18:37
    
Dennis, you're so right. I often forget to do that with other stuff and then have to write a script to fix it. Thanks. :-). –  briealeida Nov 17 '09 at 21:08
  • webserver: www.helloworld.com perhaprs?
  • failover: Failover for what, www? Then maybe www2.helloworld.com
  • Storage: storage.helloworld.com
  • database: db.helloworld.com
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Do I need the www for a hostname? –  Jonathan Kushner Nov 17 '09 at 15:27
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Are you talking about names in DNS for the external network, or internal host names? You can add lots of "names" in DNS to refer to a server but have one name for the actual machine... –  Bart Silverstrim Nov 17 '09 at 15:31

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