Editing Host Files on Windows
NOTE: You should edit the
hostsfile only if there are problems or slowness when a computer is resolving names. DO NOT edit the
hostsfile unless there are problems resolving names on the network.
How to edit the hosts file
- Set up the server and client's IP with a static (fixed) IP address.
- Go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc folder and open the
hostsfile using a plain text editor.
- Go to the end of the file. On a new line, add the static IP address and the machine name accordingly. If you are using a domain, you need to use the fully qualified domain name (
For example, if the server name is server.toonboom.com in the domain and the IP address of the server is 192.168.1.1, the line should be:
- Add the rest of the client's IP and hostname on a new line and save the file.
- Copy and paste the
hostsfile to all the machines including the server under the