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On that single machine, you can use a hosts file entry to point the domain to your local IP. But if you intend to test this on other PCs, you really should use your own domain name/DNS server.


Answering my own question: I don't know why it happened, but the support guys fixed it by adding a line in the HOSTS file for that domain pointing to the LAN ip of the server. Something like: www.example.com


lynx doesn't support Host headers, so your vhosts won't work (as they rely on this header). Normal browsers do send the header, so that's why it works there.


There are multiple points to consider: Pricing is significantly different between Web Site and SQL VM Web sites are pretty easy to scale, while VMs might require more efforts to achieve scale out Separating web and DB layers makes resources and security management easier

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