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How to map a default url to another?

vignesh dhakshinamoorthy
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Joined: Jan 21, 2009
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Hi i am new to coderanch & please forgive me if this question this question may not come under Tomcat.
It's is a general question related to Servers & URL's.
The Deal
Consider we have a tomcat application running at http://localhost:8080/blahblah.
Now i need to map this to a custom url say, http://blahblah.com.

I'm not a pro but have some basic understanding of all the concepts.

What i know
There is a DNS which will contain a list of all the url mapped to a custom one.
Whenever i type www.coderanch.com, it will look up the DNS, re-directs to the site.
Though i see www.coderanch.com in the address bar, internally it will be something else. May be the IP of the server.
But i don't know how to register my IP with a custom name.
Also i know a file called hosts in \windows\system32\drivers\etc\ which contains URL mappings.
Problem i encountered here is that i cannot map port numbers in it.
i can map the url http://localhost:80/blahblah to http://www.blahblah.com which is accessible only in my system only.
i cannot do the same for port 8080 as the host file will not accept port numbers.

What i want to know
Can i map my URL to a custom name and access it from everywhere(or atleast within my network)?
Any rancher out there who can help me figure this out?
Any assistance is deeply appreciated.
 
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