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I am having a little trouble understanding how to manipulate the hosts file. I am using IIS 7.5 and Windows Server 2008 RC2.

How can I make any requests from my machine to resolve to

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Why would you want to do that? Can't you just change the source of the request? Install a new default search provider? – Keith Jun 11 '11 at 2:17
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Bing has the following IP:

So it would be

It will change the url due to redirection on bing's end.. nothing you can do about that

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Flip side, any time decides to change the IP address, your search will be broken. – Jamess Jun 11 '11 at 5:56

Use nslookup to find an IP address for Then add an entry in your hosts file that looks like:

Replace the IP address with the IP you found for

Keep in mind, though, that there's not one IP address for any of these services that operate at a massive scale, so the IP address you're getting for or today may not be in use tomorrow.

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... or even 20 seconds from now (the TTL on the resource record set visible from here at the time that I write this). – JdeBP Jun 11 '11 at 23:24

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