My server name is "dev" and I need to change the name to access the site Locally and as well as on LAN. I changed the alternate name by using AAM to "abc":

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On the Local Server, it says This page can't be displayed if I use http://abc/ to access the site

On the Other system on the network, it says Servers IP address could not be found:

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I have tried putting the same in Intranet,Custom, Extranet Categories but the issue is same

If I Put IP Address in place of abc, it works fine although I need to use the name to access the site instead of IP Address

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when I add abc in Host file, it repeatedly ask for authentication on the local machine & unable to access on LAN still

  • For further troubleshooting, please open a CMD, type the following two commands and post a screenshot here: hostname - nslookup abc - ping abc
    – MHeld
    Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 5:59
  • @MHeld I have added the screen shot Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 6:36
  • You mistyped the commands. Please type every command and then press enter
    – MHeld
    Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 7:32
  • can you please let me know the mistake I am doing in the command? Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 7:39
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    @MHeld please check now, I have taken this from Development Server (Not Client machine) Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 9:27

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You haven't mentioned updating the host file on your dev machine. You need to go the sytem32\drivers\etc and update the host file with your 'abc' to machine itself. abc 
  • I have also tried the same, it continuously ask for authentication. please see the update Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 9:21
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    If it is continuously asking for Authentication , you may need to run the disable loopback check powershell command . Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 10:05
  • yes what Yash mentioned is correct. But it is different issue to the one you originally described. You should not update the question with the new case. You should accept an answer and ask another question. Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 12:21

You may need to run the "Disable LoopBack check command" if your site is continuously asking for authentication .

Please find the reference below :- https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/37664.sharepoint-2013-disable-loopback-check.aspx

Let me know in case of any concerns.


Your DEV-Machine is not called abc. It's name is dev. So you cannot reach it with this name without workarounding configuration steps as already mentioned by others (HOSTS-File, DisableLoopbackCheck).

Why do you call this machine with abc? Configure everything with dev and you won't need any workaround.


To access the site from another system you will need to add a DNS entry for "ABC" to point to the dev server.

  • already tried, it doesn't work. I've also mentioned the same in the question Commented Jun 20, 2019 at 4:11

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