In Windows 2000 you can do the following:
Open c:winntsystem32driversetchosts with your favorite text editor. Add an entry with the IP address of the Red Hat 9 machine and a hostname.
You can edit the /etc/hosts file by going to a console session, and typing as the root user, add your IP address and host names for both machines.
If you do want to install a simple DNS server on Linux you can investigate this how-to.
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