Can I test ssl connection locally with a valid certificate (CA) with local dns?

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I have a wildcard valid certificate signed by Certificate Authority. Is it possible to test the https locally from the server without a registered DNS?

My idea is to bind the domain name with in /etc/hosts.

The HTML is running on Nginx container and I am using centos 7.

Is it possible to make an SSL handshake with curl https://<dnsname>.<name>.com:443 or it needs to be public DNS?

Note: ICMP is disabled but the server is connected to internet

How to solve :

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Method 1

For validating the certificate it is relevant that the domain in the URL matches the certificate. The certificate itself can be provided from any IP address, i.e. it does not have to be the public visible IP address but can also be a local one like The mapping of domain to IP address is usually done by DNS but can also be done with a local hosts file, i.e. /etc/hosts in Linux.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
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