Adding Static Clients in Windows

In relatively small organizations where it is not possible to have a local DNS server there might be a need to obtain DNS like functionality in Linux it is done via the /etc/hosts file if it is possible in linux there should be an alternate in Windows aslo Adding static clients to the hosts file helps minimize the search time here are a simple steps which will help in adding static clients : 1) Open the folder %SystemRoot%\System32\Drivers\Etc using Windows Explorer. 2) This folder contains 2 important files namely hosts.ics and hosts. hosts.ics is a file which is dynamically updated so pls dont edit it. edit the hosts file using any text editor 3) This hosts file would contain only an "127.0.0.1 localhost" entry move the cursor to the next line 4) Add the IP address and hostname eg 172.17.7.40    testmachine.local note a tab character seprates IP from hostname 5) After this entry is done make sure that you leave 2 empty lines in the file use Enter Key to do the same This completes addition of static hosts in windows you can add any number of static hosts as needed.