Information on this page is based on this thread in the SME Server forums. First off we are going to make a user called: hlds. It is better if we don't run our server as root, but rather we run it as a normal user, just so that there is less chances of a security breach. After hlds has updated you need to decide what game you want to install. For this how to I will just be installing a normal Half-Life server, but you are free to install a cstrike or czero etc
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What is HLDS? Today, some people call the new Steam version of HLDS "Steam Dedicated Server", but because Valve hasn't released any official terms we're going to stick with the old name throughout this website. Why do we need servers? Servers are computers that manage all the players in the specific playing arena that we call a "server". We sure could create two player servers without servers by using peer-to-peer but otherwise there is no advantage to that and servers are the best method to divide players and fetch information. But, because a server will have to retrieve and send information from a lot of players, it will require a high-end computer and connection or, otherwise, there will be delays in information sending and retrieval which will result in lag. Is faster because Steam installation isn't required Allows "console" mode which is faster than GUI mode Ability to run as a service with the help of third party application Disadvantages:. You need to download it mb download You need to update it manually or use the -autoupdate parameter It is highly recommended that you run your HLDS server on a dedicated separated computer so that your players won't lag when you play Steam or use Microsoft Word.
In this article, I will explain how to install, configure and run the Source dedicated server. I will start with the minimum requirements and then move to the installation of a classic Counter-Strike: Source dedicated server. The rest of the article deals with other server sundries such as admin etiquette, plug-ins, etc. If you have any further questions after reading this guide, you are always free to visit the Source Dedicated Server Community forums and ask for help—that's what we're there for! There are limitations on everything and some machines might not even be able to run the server at all. This will run a basic server with 20 slots at a good level of performance. Memory : To run a normal server you will need at least MB RAM, you might need to restart the server every once in a while to clean up the memory. Bandwidth : Bandwidth is used a lot—more specifically, upload bandwidth. Here is a list of how fast your connection must be to run a certain number of players at lowest settings.