Using VM Names as DNS Names

When you start a virtual machine operating in the shared or host-only networking mode, and it gets an IP address assigned via DHCP, the virtual machine gets registered in the macOS etc/hosts file, and you can use its name to connect from the host operating system or other virtual machines operating in the shared or host-only networking mode.

For example, after starting such a virtual machine, your etc/hosts file may look as follows:     windows-11.shared windows-11 #prl_hostonly shared

You can use the virtual machine name (windows-11.shared) to connect to this virtual machine. For example, if you execute the following command in the macOS Terminal:

ping windows-11.shared

, you will start pinging

When such a virtual machine is shut down, its registration entry is removed from the etc/hosts file.

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