Accessing mysql database *before* DNS name transfe

I’m migrating a site to a new dedicated server on Dreamhost.
Before I make the DNS request, I need to make sure that my VBulletin forums are working correctly on the new server.

So, I setup a db through the Dreamhost control panel, but it’s bound to a machone called mysql. Since the DNS has not been transferred, that name does not resolve.

Is there a way I can access the mysql database from a shell, without using the name? There’s got to be someone else who has needed to do this.

Thanks ahead of time.

Create a website using a sub-domain of Create your mysql db, then use the ‘add mysql hostname’ function to add a dns name under your subdomain. I haven’t had a need to do this, but it should work.