Can I redirect a DNS entry to a local IIS instance? I am on a Windows 7 dev box.

I have a domain for hosting static content (images, custom js, css, etc) on a cloud environment. I'd like to avoid hitting that server during development of the site.

I can see two ways to do this:

  1. Create a virtual machine for the site in vmware and map the name to the virtual's ip in etc/hosts.
  2. Use a preprocessor macro to prefix image locations with the url for dev/stage/prod.

Is there an easier way to do this? After searching on SF I found unbound but it looks like its for *nix. Any other ideas?


Windows 7 supports hosts analog to Linux.

Just put the Servername you don't want to be hit in %WINDIR%\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC\HOSTS


This requires the static content to be mirrored on a local instance.

  • Yeah, my IIS settings were jacked, I got it to work.
    – blu
    Nov 6 '10 at 22:11

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