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Old 06-20-2004, 10:13 PM   #1
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viewing URL's on local network

Hello we have a short problem

We are able to view our url's ( domain names ) via XP browser ok
as long as we edit the hosts file on Win and Linux.

sample :

how ever when trying to add in a address like so on a win hosts file.

We cant not view the url ( )

Server dumbie is

Can any one tells us what's going on, or can it be done ?

Old 06-20-2004, 10:56 PM   #2
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AFAIK the hosts file is just an IP address to name translation and does not include information about specific ports. The default webserver port is 80. If your server is running on another port then the URL will be:

Then just bookmark that URL. If anyone else has a better idea....
Old 06-21-2004, 01:06 AM   #3
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Heh, if you *really* want multiple private domain names for each computer on your LAN or whatever, you can always install BIND or some other dns server, and point all the desktops to that. There are some minor pluses to doing this anyway, like setting it up as a caching nameserver, but configuring it can be a bit of a pain. Good thing there are howtos everywhere. Just make sure the box with bind isn't accessible from outside the lan.

[edit] oh yeah, you might also have to set up virtual servers, so when a different name is requested it forwards it to a different port. or something. i'm not entirely sure what I was talking about when I started this reply...

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