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.

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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

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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