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We want to give our existing site URL a name instead of http://pcname:port, we would want to have something like http://speedsolutions

Also, for the new sites that we would be creating we need to create their URL as http://somename instead of localhost:port.

We have browsed through articles but not sure which one to try out. Has anyone done this before, please share the method. Is the concept of host header used for achieving this?

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what your talking about is alternate access mapping (aam):

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288609(v=office.12).aspx

step by step guide with images:

http://www.1ask2.com/sharepoint/AlternateAccessMapping.html

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in your case localhost is not nice to use so you would need to change the aam and iis settings! its quite easy! follow:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/russmax/archive/2013/02/27/how-to-properly-change-the-host-header-url-of-a-web-application-in-sharepoint-2010.aspx

the main part for you is the iss binding! it also talks about aam.

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