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#1 jagath


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Posted 12 October 2005 - 06:52 AM


I have eneterd an entry into the HOSTS file as test. When i ping test, for some reason the domain name is not resolved and i get the following message.

"Ping request could not find host test"

Can someone help me please


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Posted 12 October 2005 - 07:15 AM

The Hosts file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. This file is loaded into memory (cache) at startup, then Windows checks the Hosts file before it queries any DNS servers, which enables it to override addresses in the DNS. This prevents access to the listed sites by redirecting any connection attempts back to the local machine. Another feature of the HOSTS file is its ability to block other applications from connecting to the Internet, providing the entry exists.

This is a host file that many use (including me) and is offered for everyones use with regular updates and at the great cost of nothing.


#3 jagath

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 07:35 AM

thanks alot Bud. Will take a look at the link you send.

The problem i am having is that the domain name is resolved from the DNS and not from the HOSTS file. I tried everything but it just seems like it is not picking up the HOSTS file. I even check the priority from the registry.

Thanks again

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