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Net Tip: /etc/hosts for Windows

For small networks dependent on an ISP for DNS services, heterogeneous networks where you can't count on every machine having a NetBIOS name, or when slow DNS propagation is an issue for remote workers, the traditional names file has always been useful for UNIX hosts by providing a static mapping of names to IP addresses that takes precedence over DNS servers for hostname lookups. Just a few levels down in the file system, Windows has the same functionality, too.

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