Ok reading that I however don't use windows. Ok well it is on another hard drive but I'm nearly always on unix. I know my server is manchester.
My /etc/hosts maintains my localhost.localdomain and intranet ip... my router is a nat smc. So I'm not sure how to exactly find the ip for the url of the unreachable site. My resolv.conf points at my router and my isp. I take it that is where I might have to put in the dreamhost ip. I've not had to do that before so I really have no idea.
I suppose I could log into manchester and tell it to use links [local url].
[edit: Wouldn't you know just after I reply it becomes accessable through the web]