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I want all requests from my machine to

be redirected to

I tried adding the following line to the hosts file both on Windows and Linux

but the nslookup still resolves to the old IP.

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The hosts file expects an IP address for each hostname listed.

You may need to look up the IP address of and use it in the hosts file.

First perform the DNS lookup:


Non-authoritative answer:

Then add a line line in your hosts file such as:


But keep in mind that if ever changes its IP address, then you will have to make a corresponding change in your hosts file.

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it worked for pings but my nslookup still resolves for the old IP – Jader Dias Jan 7 '10 at 13:27
@Jader Dias: do an ipconfig /flushdns and give it another try. That'll flush your resolver cache, maybe you've got the old records still stuck in the cache. – squillman Jan 7 '10 at 13:30
I tried it too, but it didn't work. Maybe nslookup doesn't looks into the hosts file (try nslookup localhost). – Jader Dias Jan 7 '10 at 13:33
If you want nslookup to behave as described in the above comments, then consider running your own DNS server and pointing your client(s) to that DNS server, such as PowerDNS. – eleven81 Jan 7 '10 at 13:39

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