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 This will tell hlds to get all the files required for a normal Half-Life server. If you want to have a counterstrike server, all you need to do is change the -game valve to -game cstrike Or if you want condition zero: -game czero I don't know the commands for any other games, but they should be fairly easy to find using google. Getting the game files may take some time , but after hlds has downloaded them, you'll be back at the prompt. Now we can start our server.
Step 1: Static IP Adress
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Introduction: HLDS Counter Strike 1.6 Server
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. So to run a server on a dedicated computer you would use the standalone version of HLDS and to run your server and play on the same computer you would use the Steam integrated HLDS.
So you have been playing Counter Strike for a while and are thinking about setting up your own server. So here it is to help generate more traffic to this site! This is the device that provides your Internet connection. NOTE: You will need two computers to be exact. One to run the server and the other to run the game! It is possible to run both the server and the game form the same computer but it strains the CPU and is not recommended. Read on to begin! You will first want to set up a Static IP address.