Using the Microsoft Loopback Adapter

January 26th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Being the programmer that he is, Mango has set up a few test servers on his laptop.  While we have the greatest confidence in our software, we like to subject ourselves to our efforts first, before a production server.

While traveling the other day and without an Internet connection, Mango discovered that none of his local servers would work due to a DNS issue.  He'd placed their names in his HOSTS file with the IP, but without an internet connection, the only name that would resolve was "localhost".

Microsoft actually had a solution for this exact problem.  It's a virtual adapter called the Microsoft Loopback Adapter.  Here's how to install it: use hosts file with cable disconnected
  1. June 5th, 2009 at 09:44 | #1

    After a FFR, we noticed that this worked immediately, without the need for the virtual adapter.  The issue that prompted this post must have been some sort of odd configuration issue.  If anyone can shed some light, please reply.

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