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My development environment is Ubuntu guest OS inside VMWare Player with Windows 7 as the host OS. I edit the hosts file in windows to point http://dev.mydomain.com to the ip-address of my VM so that I can test browsers in windows. I love this setup, but have to update my hosts file quite often to take advantage of it. Is there a way to either prevent the ip-address from changing so frequently, or to automatically update the hosts file when it changes?

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Is your Virtual networking setup NAT or bridged? Any reason why you can't just set a static IP in Ubuntu? – growse Jul 10 '11 at 19:20
    
That's exactly what I'm asking how to do! – Anson Kao Jul 10 '11 at 23:04
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It may be simpler to set your virtual machines networking to Bridged and set a static IP up in Ubuntu.

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Awesome, can you point me in the right direction on how to do that? I tried changing VMWare player to bridged, after which my hosts don't seem to work anymore – Anson Kao Jul 11 '11 at 0:39
    
Nevermind, I probably just didn't wait long enough for the settings to kick in. Thanks! – Anson Kao Jul 11 '11 at 3:22

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