Guide – How To Start – Team Fortress 2 Game Server on Windows Server 2016

Team Fortress 2 is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game. It received critical acclaim for its art direction, gameplay, humor, and use of character in a multiplayer-only game.

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

How to create and connect to Team Fortress 2 for Windows 2016

  1. Before starting the server, open the “start TF2 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 tf – required to start the server with Team Fortress 2 game.

-port 27015 – standard port for starting the server. The port is already opened in the Windows firewall. Recommended to leave unchanged.

+map ctf_2fort– determine first map on the server

+maxplayers 24 – indicates the maximum number of players on the server.

  1. After setting up the “start TF2 server.bat” file, run it.
  2. To connect to the server, start the “Team Fortress 2” 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 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:\tf2server”

> app_update 232250 validate

  1. Wait until the server is updated, and run “start TF2 server.bat” file from the desktop again.

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