The cache was not able to resolve the hostnam

February 17, 2011 at 08:02:24
Specs: Windows XP
Hi

I have TS 2003 server, I as an administrator can surf to a certain URL, I added the IP address of that URL in the hosts file c:\windows\system32\etc\drivers\hosts.
The problem is with some users who gets the error "The cache was not able to resolve the hostname presented in the URL".
One more thing because of the GPO policy the users cannot see the system drive of the TS server
therefore the hosts file is invisible to the user.
I added manualy the hosts file to the user's documents and settings into the windows directory of the user. Still nothing happened.
Thank You for Your patient

Michel


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#1
February 17, 2011 at 08:14:13
"Hosts" is a system file and there is no need for users to access it because it's working as a part of OS.
Adding URL to "hosts" has no effect, you should add domain names instead.
Is there any firewall?

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February 17, 2011 at 08:43:39
Yes, I have a firewall but it is not a part of the game.
I have a machine that controls the surfing issues, like URL filtering, blocking or allowing users to surf only to those site that are allowed.
This machine also act as a proxy machine.
All the relevant ip addresses and URLs added to be allowed for all users.
The bottom line is that only me can surf to this specific url.

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February 17, 2011 at 09:00:33
You can't move the hosts file to any location other then /etc or it won't be read into memory.

Host file is for domain name resolution and not url resolution. That is why you enter an entry in ip address/domain name format.

Your url list would be a filter on your proxy server.

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February 17, 2011 at 11:11:53
Oh yes, sorry, I made a mistake, You are absolutely right that is what I have did, what is written in the host file is ip address/domain name.
So the only thing I have did wrong till now is copying the hosts file to the user's documents and settings, anyway for the user it is useless.
And still the user can't reach the URL's destination.
Where I should go from here?

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#5
February 17, 2011 at 11:32:17
from this users logon to a tracert to the domain name and see where it fails. Is it just this one user or everyone?

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