Access Site On VM (before domain is pointed over)

Hi, i have created a new cpanel account for my client on my VM, via WHM.

I have upload their website files to their ftp via cpanel.

I am waiting for their domain name to point over to my nameserver.

Is it possible to access the client's website, on their new cpanel account, before the domain name points over?
oo7mlAsked:
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kyodaiCommented:
If it's a dedicated IP then you can also access it via the IP Address. Otherwise if you use an alias like myvm.myhosting.com you can use that. If both don't apply you will need to wait for the DNS record.
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oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Hi, yes it is a dedicated IP address.

So far i have 7 different websites on the IP address, so can you provide instructions as to how i can load the site in the browser?
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RedLondonCommented:
Open Notepad AS AN ADMINISTRATOR on your PC (so right click the Notepad icon and select "Open as Administrator"

Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\

Open the file 'hosts' (it has no extension)

Type the IP address of your new VM, then a space, then the web address

Save the file

That forces your PC to 'resolve' that hostname to that IP address, no matter what the internet or live nameservers say.

Don't forget to undo it later!
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oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Thanks RedLondon.

I had used that method before.

So it's not possible to view via web browser (without making those configurations)?
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RedLondonCommented:
Not really.  Like kyodai suggested you could set a subdomain that resolves to the new site, but if it was something like WordPress which 'knows' the real URL it should be on, you'd always have links to the real URL that you can't resolve.

Changing the hosts file is a fudge that gets round that
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oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Ok great, thanks.
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