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Creating a “Pro” DM server Part 1: Installation

October 31, 2009 Leave a comment

So you’ve wanted to create a deathmatch server, but your not sure where to start? You’ve seen servers like mIKe’s Revenge, MoofsWerld, or Area 51, and you wonder how it’s done? Welcome to part 1!

This guide was meant to help people start a Half Life 2 Deatmatch server using the HLDSUpdateTool. Listen servers and the steam dedicated server utility are considered legacy methods, and can not be run as a server without a lot of extra effort.

Download and Installation

  1. Start out by downloading the HLDSUpdateTool from the Steam Website. The direct link: http://storefront.steampowered.com/download/hldsupdatetool.exe
  2. After you download it, install it to C:\srcds\, or where ever you prefer your server to be located. This tutorial assumes C:\srcds\, but you can use any directory.
  3. Issue the following command from the command line. If you don’t understand/know how to use a command line, here is the point to learn. First, hold down the Windows key and the “R” key at the same time. This will open the run prompt. Type cmd and press enter. You’ll be greeted by a black box with text. Type cd C:\srcds\ . This will change the directory that your working in to C:\srcds\. Once there, issue the following command: hldsupdatetool -command update -game “hl2mp” -dir C:\srcds . Wait for the installation to complete, and you should be good.
  4. To start your newly installed server for the first time, make sure your still in the same directory(C:\Srcds\). Type c:\srcds\srcds.exe -console -game hl2mp +map dm_lockdown -maxplayers 16 -autoupdate . You should see a window resembling the following if all goes well. Refer to http://srcds.com/ for more information.