Simply put, iOS devices don’t have a hosts file that can be edited to point to host header values without being jailbroken and that is not something that would be supported in a corporate IT environment.
I realise I will likely come in for stick for admitting this but at home I’m an Apple Mac user and have been since before coming to Australia. My desktop and laptop are both pieces of fruit.
I run a PC dedicated to hosting several VM so that I can learn, use and test SharePoint and whilst I can easily remote into this from my iMac and MacBook Pro, I have found it increasing more difficult to use the iPad with sites hosted on the VM host, especially where I’m using host header names and port numbers.
Looking into this further I was able to solve this issue without creating a separate wireless network for the VM machine.
Configure a Mac to use Host Header value
There are a number of ways of editing the Hosts file on a Mac via the Terminal application but I prefer to have something simple and easy. I came across an application called Gas Mask: http://code.google.com/p/gmask/ that allows me to edit multiple host files and switch between them.
With the Hosts file entries completed and Charles recording traffic, the work on the Mac is done. Scroll down to get the iPad config.Back to top
About the Author (Author Profile)I’m a husband, father of two amazing little girls and acting IT Senior Systems Analyst. I have a keen interest specifically in SharePoint and iOS platforms but also have an interest in other technologies that can be used to enable collaboration and mobility.
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