What is a Dedicated Server?
Aditya Lall Patel-
If you’re feeling like your head’s full of technical mumbo-jumbo jargon, don’t worry! This article will break it all down for you below. Ready? Let’s dive in!
A server that’s dedicated to one purpose such as an application server, print server, mail server, Web server etc. for serving the needs of the network. For example, some networks require that one computer be set aside to manage communications between all the other computers.
Dedicated Server hosting makes even your most processor-intensive workloads fly because all the processing power is yours alone. Some Dedicated Servers are fully customizable, so you can configure them precisely to match your application needs. A dedicated environment gives you all the flexibility and scalability of virtualization, plus great security and performance.
Some of them are discussed below according to their processing power:
These are entry-level dedicated servers, ideal for low-traffic websites, development, small web applications, and simple email hosting.
These servers are ideal for medium-to-high traffic websites, e-commerce environments or robust web and database applications.
Found to be powerful dedicated servers used to host big data, gaming, large-scale databases, mission-critical applications, and virtual environments.
You’ll experience raw power when you opt for your own dedicated server hosting from LeaseWeb. With LeaseWeb dedicated server hosting you can customize the configuration of your server to meet your specific needs, including RAM, SSD hard drives, bandwidth options and more.
A dedicated server gives you the control to balance your systems as you grow your business, offer complex online services and solutions and manage your systems and data. On the downside, using dedicated servers can be expensive and will demand more attention, upkeep and technical know-how. In the end however, the pros will outweigh the cons, especially if you’re moving to a dedicated server because your business is growing.
Example01 : Installing your dedicated server with steamcmd
I didn’t see anyone discussing this, but it would be the preferred method IMO to install and update a separate server.
SteamCmd is a valve developed software app for just this purpose. You can find full details at https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/SteamCMD
Install steamcmd using the directions at https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/SteamCMD
Where you install it is not terribly important, outside of the fact that it will be your default location for game installs.
Install Space Engineers.
– Launch a command prompt and navigate to where you installed steamcmd
– Run steam command
– (optional) If you want to install the application in a different location use the force_install_dir command
– Authenticate to steam to authorize your download
login <steam username> <password>
– Update / Install the app
You’ll see the program downloaded and installed. You can toss this in a script for a quick update.
You can also do this in a single line via the CLI or script, ie:
steamcmd +login <username> <password> +force_install_dir d:\SE\ +app_update 244850 +quit
A few things to do:
- You may need to log out of steam on another PC, You may face some issues when logged in on both.
- It will cache your password, so you do not need to specify it every time or save it in the script.
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If you have not verified the Steam account you are using to update / install your server, an e-mail will be sent with a Steam verification code to the registered primary e-mail account. In this case, you will need to run the same command again but include the verification code by adding this switch:
NOTE: The above program is just an example to illustrate how to install a dedicated server of your choice, each and every server works with a different platform & program.
EXAMPLE 02 :
Installation for GMOD Dedicated server
You can make a Garry’s Mod Server on various operating systems like Windows, Linux, or Mac. There are hundreds of addons & configurations available for customization after setting up a dedicated server and some of these found to be highly recommended. Garry’s Mod servers varies by a large amount of resource usage. Depending on mods, max players, and many other variables it’s hard to say exactly how much RAM or CPU usage is needed.
For a normal server configuration tests 2 GB ram and a dual core processor can be used. The server will run smoothly until you have multiple people on it and stuff being created left and right. Keep an eye on your resources and if you plan on running a public server make sure to monitor the RAM as it can get filled up very easily.
Below Ports need to be opened
• TCP/UDP: 27015
• TCP/UPD: 27005
If you are not using a public IP for your dedicated server make sure to forward those ports from your router to the internal IP address.
Step 1: Download and install SteamCMD
Download SteamCMD from http://media.steampowered.com/installer/steamcmd.zip
Extract the folder.
Launch steamcmd.exe for the program to start downloading necessary files.
Created a directory to store Garry’s Mod Server files (ex C:\gmodserver\)
Step 2: Login to SteamCMD and Download Gmod Server Files.
Launch SteamCMD and enter the following codes
app_update 4020 validate
This can take some time to completely download the required files.
After installation search for the server.cfg file in the server directory and edit the same. After everything is configured start the server.