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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.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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