Windows 7 OS like the Apple Mac

The Apple MAC can access a remote Linux machine using the browser and host file configuration.  How could I get Windows 7 to do the same.
In the past I have used Putty or WinScp to access a Linux machine.
Can Windows 7 do this as well?
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John HurstConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 7 (and Windows 2000 through Windows 8) all have a HOSTS file. It is located at c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc.

If you have an entry in your MAC, the same entry or entries could go in Windows 7.

Open Notepad with Run as Administrator and navigate to the HOSTS file and edit it. Then save it.

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Dave BaldwinConnect With a Mentor Fixer of ProblemsCommented:
I put entries for all my Linux and Mac machines in my hosts file so I can access them by name.  You can always access them by IP address without that.
chimaAuthor Commented:
Thank you.  I had searched for the answer on the internet, but nothing came up immediately.
John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@chima - Thank you, and I was happy to help you.

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