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Modify a Host File

Patrick James

A host file is a file that allows a user to force a particular computer name (host name) to be associated with a particular IP address. With proper DNS settings there would be 1 computer name associated with 1 IP address, but due to various situations there may be a reason to force a different IP address for a particular name.

Here's how you modify the host file.

  1. Open up Notepad as Administrator.
  2. Go to file open and navigate to "C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts"
  3. Below the # symbol at the bottom type in the desired IP address, hit the tab button, type the computer name of the server.
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Now that the IP address and server name have been inserted into the host file, save and try a ping test to the server name in command prompt. Verify that the reply is showing the IP address you just typed in.

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