Which server is my account on? (updated 2011)

Some of the posts on our blog mention specific servers. You’ll occasionally see things like “The farnsworth server will be rebooted at 11 PM”, “mail sent from the zapp server was delayed”, or “more memory has been added to the zoidberg server”. Your question, quite naturally, is “How do I know if they’re talking about the server that has my account?”

Since we have many servers, each one gets a name to let us keep track of them. They’re actually called “farnsworth.tigertech.net” and so forth, but we usually just mention the first part.

Web hosting accounts are assigned to a particular server: if we say “the farnsworth server will be rebooted”, that means that only customers with accounts on that particular server are affected, but other customers won’t notice anything at all.

All well and good — but how can you tell which server your account is on? The answer is that when you login to our control panel, the server name is now shown at the top of the screen in small print. You’ll see something like “Web hosting account with free domain name renewal (on server ‘farnsworth’)”. (If you have more than one domain name, the different domain names may be on different servers.)

By the way, as a bonus for reading this far — the first customer to post a comment saying where our server names come from gets a free month of Web hosting!

Update 2011-10-03: As part of our systems upgrade, we are renaming our servers. The old Futurama names are being phased out — they’ve served us well! The new Web server names are “web” followed by two digits, such as “web01”, “web02”, and so on. If you see that your Web site is on such a server, then you’ll know that it is running the new version of Debian (“squeeze”) and is located in the new data center.

3 Comments

  1. Farnsworth, Zapp, and Zoidberg are all Futurama characters! đŸ™‚

  2. >Farnsworth, Zapp, and Zoidberg are all Futurama characters!

    Josh hit the nail on the head (and gets a free month’s hosting!). We’re big Futurama fans (we all like technical stuff and gadgets, but I, at least, have a somewhat mordant view of the future), so you’ll see servers named fry, leela, bender, farnsworth, zoidberg, hermes, mom, elzar, zapp, nibbler, morbo, and more. We’re running out of characters, though; we recently had to name a server lrrr, which turns out to be far too hard to type (fortunately we’re the only victims of that, because our customers don’t need to type the names).

    Most fans of the show probably know this, but Futurama has been revived for another season, airing in 2008 on Comedy Central. Can’t wait!

  3. Great was always thinking what pazuzu was.