In the following procedure, replace with the location and filename of the Hosts file you wish to review or configure.
Membership in Administrators, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete these procedures.
If there is an entry for a domain name in the Hosts file, then the server will not attempt to query DNS servers for that name.Instead, the IP address that is configured in the Hosts file will be used.If the IP address corresponding to a name changes and the Hosts file is not updated, you may be unable to connect to the host.Entries in the following files can cause unexpected results during name resolution.You should not use any web notations such as \, /, or
You can disable a specific entry by putting a # sign in front of it.
DNS stands for Domain Name System and is the standard domain name resolution service used on the Internet.
Whenever a device connects to another device on the Internet it needs to connect to it via the IP address of the remote device.
If you would like a more detailed explanation of the Domain Name System you can find it here: The Domain Name System There is another way to resolve domain names without using the Domain Name System, and that is by using your HOSTS file.
Almost every operating system that communicates via TCP/IP, the standard of communication on the Internet, has a file called the HOSTS file.
Internet applications, though, do not communicate via domain names, but rather using IP addresses, such as 192.168.1.1.