Hosts File Manipulation
Posted on 2009-07-07
I run my companies little Windows 2003 network, nothing too fancy, 2 servers, a cheap dlink router and about 20 XP workstations all on a domain. I'm also the Manager and recently I've had a problem with my employee's going on facebook constantly so I created forward lookup zones for Myspace and Facebook and pointed them back to 127.0.0.1. Works great except now I want to get on Facebook every so often.
I tried a workaround by making an OpenDNS server as a my secondary on my machine and it works every so often. I'll be on Facebook one minute, leave it open and not look at it, it will download updates and 2 hours later I click on something and it hits the loop back and fails.
I'm not looking to implement anything like ISA server, its been recommended before and I don't have the money or time to learn new software. I know I could setup a Proxy on my home machine but I was thinking if there was a way to local force specific domain requests to a specific DNS server, possibly in the hosts file?
I'm more interested in seeing if this is possible then actually implementing it so any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.