Well, I had a big long post all typed out and then I got an error and lost it... bah
We had a managed.com server through a reseller. We ran 2 Battlefield 1942 game servers on it, 2x32 ppl (Redhat 9.0 OS, 1 gig of ram on a 2.4 ghz processor). It ran without a problem until our "reseller" forgot to pay the bill and we lost it. So, we dropped the "reseller" and went to the source.
That's another nightmare. We submitted a payment, which they claim was not received. We submitted a second payment, and it was received. However, we still have not got the server and that was a week and a half ago. I filed a claim against them at paypal for the first payment, and I'm about to do the same for the second.
So, now we're looking for a new host. From what I read on another post, servermatrix seemed to be resonable. Although they cost a few bucks more than managed.com, I think it would be worth it.
Here's what we're leaning towards:
Processor: 2.8 with 99$ setup
RAM: 1 gig
Bandwith: 100 Mbps
OS: not sure yet
HD: 80 gig
Here are my questions:
1. What's the Urchin 100 profile thing? (100 profiles?)
2. Would a 2.4 celeron cut it (with 1 gig of ram) for 2 32 man servers? (possibly run 3 servers, 1x32, 1x20, 1x20)
3. Which OS would be best? We ran RedHat 9 before (root access), but now I'm considering Win 2003 or something else.
Windows will cost you extra because there is a monthly fee for the license. As for access you can use Terminal Services and RDP for working on the server. Pretty much makes the complete desktop appear on your computer and you can do whatever you need.
The host will enable Window's builtin Terminal Services, or install a VNC client. They will tell you which one they install.
If they enable Terminal Services, you can connect using Windows XP's "Remote Desktop", located in Accessories. If you're not using Windows XP, Remote Desktop can be downloaded from Microsoft's website.. You simply enter the IP address, username, and password, and you'll be connected to the server.
If they install a VNC server, you can download a client here. As with Remote Desktop, you'll enter the IP, and password.
Both websites contain the client download, as well as more detailed information regarding the function of each application.
A quick Google search shows this. I've never used this before, but I'm sure it's something worth looking into. It's free, so if it doesn't work the way you want, you can always search Google for an alternative.
To install multiple servers on Windows, just install the game to the default directory. Also install the bfsm(blackbagops.com). Then copy the entire battlefield folder to the same directory, renaming it. Then go into the copied install and configure it through bfsm, changing the IP, server name, etc.
I have done this on my servers and it works fine. If you have any questions, let me know.