Guide – How To Start – Natural Selection 2 Server on Windows Server 2016

Natural Selection 2 Server on Windows Server 2016 is a dedicated game server with a fast paced multiplayer shooter that pits aliens against humans in a strategic and action-packed struggle for survival!

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

How to create and connect to Natural Selection 2 for Windows 2016

  1. Before starting the server, open the “server start.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:

-name “NS2 Azure server” – the name that will be displayed in the server list.

-limit 16 – indicates the maximum number of players on the server.

  1. After setting up the “server start.bat” file, run it.
  2. To connect to the server, start the “Natural Selection 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

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:\ns2”

> app_update 4940 validate

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

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