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Windows: Configure Static Host Name to IP Address Mappings

Using the hosts file, ip addresses can be mapped to hostnames. This is useful to access systems that do not have a DNS entry and for test and development purposes.


The hosts file exists in the SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC directory under the Windows root directory (i.e., \WINDOWS or \WINNT). Edit this file and add a line like the following:

192.168.1.15 testserver test.domain.com

This would map two names to the ip address 192.168.1.15, testserver and test.domain.com

For most installations of Windows including XP, Vista, and Windows 7, the location of the hosts file is the following:
C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

Quinn McHenry
Quinn McHenry
Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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