Guide – How To Start – Half-Life 2: Deathmatch on Windows Server 2016

Half-Life 2: Deathmatch on Windows Server 2016 is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game set in the Half-Life 2 universe! Play straight deathmatch or try Combine vs. Resistance teamplay.

This is a quick deployment and ready-to-run image.
Simple and rapid installation. Easy to maintain.

How to create and connect to Half-Life 2: Deathmatch for Windows 2016

  1. Before starting the server, open the “start server.bat” file with a text editor. To do this, click on it with the right mouse button and select “Edit”.
  1. Set the parameters in a way convenient for you:

-console – required to start the server only in console mode. Helps to reduce VM’s load.

-game hl2mp – required to start the server with Half-Life 2: Deathmatch

+maxplayers 16 – indicates the maximum number of players on the server.

+map dm_lockdown – determine first map on the server

  1. After setting up the “start server.bat” file, run it.
  2. To connect to the server, start the “Half-Life 2: Deathmatch” game on your PC, open the console with the “~” key on your keyboard, write connect %vm_adress% and press “Enter” to connect. For example: connect 127.0.0.1

Server update

If you were unable to connect to the server, you should update the server. To do this, connect to the VM through RDP and do the following:

  1. Shutdown the server (type exit in server console)
  2. Go to the “C:\steamcmd” folder and open the “steamcmd” file
  3. Enter the following commands in the sequence:

> login anonymous

> force_install_dir “C:\hl2death”

> app_update 232370 validate

  1. Wait until the server is updated, and run “start server.bat” file from the desktop again.

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