Recommendations

Our recommendation is to add the names and IP addresses of critical hosts to your PCs' HOSTS files. Any host whose name is referenced during the boot process should appear in this file. You can synchronize the file by copying it from share to share. On Windows Server 2003, the default location for the file is

%SystemRoot%\System32\Drivers\Etc, usually C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc. The format of the file is just like the format of the Unix /etc/hosts file: each line consists of an IP address (in dotted-octet notation), which starts in the first column, followed by whitespace and the canonical name of the host. Optionally, one or more aliases may follow the canonical name. For example:

192.249.249.1 wormhole.movie.edu wormhole

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