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Redirect domain name to local (netbios) name?

Posted on 2003-12-06
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I have Outlook set to look for my POP3 mail at my mail server, mail.halwyman.com, on my hom lan connected to the internet through a nat router with a static ip address.

When I am on my home network, it would be nice if Outlook could obtain the mail over the lan rather than going out over the internet.  Is there a way to accomplish this automatically without running my own local dns server, or a simple dns server solution?  There is no domain controller on my simple home network.
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stevenlewis earned 125 total points
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You could add a hosts file, that redirects to your LAN ip, but when you are not on your local network it will redirect to the wrong IP
to fix that, make two batch files
and two hosts files
one to copy the redirect hosts file, and one to copy a blank one (one with just the
localhost 127.0.0.1)
then just double click on the appropriate batch file before you check email
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by:halwyman
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That should work.  I take it the only automatic solution would be to run a dns server on my lan somewhere.

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by:mycaddigo
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Did you try just using \\(local mail ip address) ie \\192.168.1.5
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by:halwyman
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For web access i don't have a problem, but I'm talking about Outlook access.  I don't want to change all my Outlook account settings.
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