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I am using Windows 8 developer preview (x64) for testing purposes. I want to access some local network resource by DNS. So, I've added next line to my hosts file (%sindir%/system32/drivers/etc/hosts):

169.254.1.20       host.local

but when I'am trying to ping host.local I get the following error

Ping request could not find host unsecure.local. Please check the name and try a
gain.

Trying to open it from IE also displays a connection error (local proxy not needed and turned off).

but the output of

C:\Users\moonorg>ipconfig /displaydns

displayed my host:

Windows IP Configuration

61.2.254.169.in-addr.arpa
----------------------------------------
Name does not exist.


20.1.254.169.in-addr.arpa
----------------------------------------
Record Name . . . . . : 20.1.254.169.in-addr.arpa.
Record Type . . . . . : 12
Time To Live  . . . . : 86400
Data Length . . . . . : 8
Section . . . . . . . : Answer
PTR Record  . . . . . : host.local


189.0.254.169.in-addr.arpa
----------------------------------------
Name does not exist.


host.local
----------------------------------------
Record Name . . . . . : host.local
Record Type . . . . . : 1
Time To Live  . . . . : 86400
Data Length . . . . . : 4
Section . . . . . . . : Answer
A (Host) Record . . . : 169.254.1.20


host.local
----------------------------------------
No records of type AAAA

So, it's looks like DNS resolving problem. How do I make my hosts file work?

UPD: Ping by IP works fine, so it's kind of name resolving problem.

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Why are you using auto-assigned IPs (169.254.x.x)? They are often blocked from routing. Also, HOSTS file != DNS – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Dec 19 '11 at 15:06
    
Windows 8 is on virtual machine with bridged network adapter (Virtual Box). Auto assigned IP - IP of my host machine, where my server hosted. I know, this is not good for alltime, but good enough for testing purposes. I'am think this is not routing trouble. Ping can't resolve name to IP. – AlexLocust Dec 19 '11 at 15:14
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Routing directs IP traffic, no route = no ping. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Dec 19 '11 at 15:24
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Names and IP's are real. Everything is locally, so I used test names. – AlexLocust Dec 20 '11 at 6:58

Try using localhost instead of host.local and reboot your computer after every change to the hosts file. Also, remember to keep a backup.

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Also, do an ipconfig /flushdns to clear DNS cache! – Jeroen Baert Aug 14 '15 at 10:19

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