Booth Martin asked how we named our AS400s.  Well, I confess we're a bit
boring.  Our 2 main systems are named (A) our corporate initials and (B)
the name of one of our locations.

Both names were inherited from 2 other locations that were moved to our
current headquarters.  System Names tend to get -very- thoroughly ingrained
into a system with comm lines and PC attachments.  It was easier to keep
the names.

Our Network ID is NOT APPN; there are some places where everyone using
defaults can cause problems in hooking machines together.  Besides, we
almost -never- leave things untouched.

The one place we touched names that we shouldn't have is the System
Name/Local Location Name/Local Control Point Name.  Although they =-can-=
be different, there are software products that 'assume' you don't change
things.  Stupid products.  Sometime we will make these names the same as
the System Name, but we'll probably have to have a programmer type at all
locations to change names around.

We also have a saying, "If it works here, it'll work anywhere."

Have we given our system an officialy name and refer to it by name?  Yep.
Our users know that their data is on System "A," and Payroll/HR are on
System "B."  They pass through to the other machine as necessary.

We also have remote systems and users pass through all over the place.

--Paul E Musselman

>on 12/30/97at 12:52 AM,  our friend PaulMmn <> said:
>>As you replied to Walden, I think there's no need to make the network ID
>>APPN.  APPN (the program) has no trouble connecting with other networks;
>>you just need to tell the other network the name you're trying to connect
>Are we talking the name for the AS/400?  We fretted over naming our new
>600e and finally used the same name pattern as the rest of the network.
>Our network is Planet based... Earth is our e-mail, moon is the dial in
>Annex box, Sun is the Unix work station, Saturn is an NT box, and we named
>the AS/400 "Mars".  Made sense to us!
>But anyway my point is this:  I was surprised at the way the new AS/400
>was received after it was named.  For some non-logical reason  people have
>responded very favorably.  Now Mars has a personality and is much more
>accepted than the old beige box.  Weird.  Still, a thought to consider.
>Has anyone else given their AS/400 an official name and referred to it
>that way?  What reactions were there?  (Sometimes I worry that I imagine
>too much.)
>I am reminded of someone's tagline that tells us not to give
>life-characteristics to machines because they don't like it.
>Booth Martin

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