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If you wish to connect to a machine by hostname (which is not registered in DNS (Domain Name Server)) you need to add <IP> <Fully Qualified Hostname> <Hostname> in Hosts file.
Adding an entry in Non Vista (Microsoft O.S. XP, 2000, NT) is pretty simple. Open hosts file (using text editor like notepad, wordpad..) and hostname entry in above format like
192.168.0.1 myMachine.myDomain myMachine
Change hosts file in Windows Vista
If your O.S. is windows vista, it won’t let you save your hosts file if you don’t open file editor (like notepad) with Administrator Privileges
Note : If you can’t find Accessories under All Programs then to identify Program (Notepad) type notepad in Start Search box after clicking on Start menu at bottom left of your laptop
* Ensure you don’t savefile as type text (hosts.txt), file name should be just hosts