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Old 11-26-2009, 04:11 PM
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What's needed to start hosting?


Hi, I'm quite new to the Hosting franchise, so I thought I'd ask some questions here!

First off, I'm currently thinking of hosting Source Engine based games only, so I kinda need a direction on how to set up a custom built server machine which can run multiple severs.

Second, I was wondering what kind of bandwith I need to host a total of 150 slots. I am guessing a 50MBIT up/down should cover it fine? (I have fiber connection).

Third, and final: How many 12 slots CS Servers can I run on this PC:
Intel C2D 3,0 GHZ
4 GB ram
320GB 10,000 RPM Rapor disc.
(guessing all other specs doesnt matter, also if you have any PC-specs recomendations please tell me!).

There we go



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Old 11-26-2009, 11:37 PM
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The number one thing is knowledge. On the outside it might look like being a game hoster isn't very difficult but being a former provider for 4yrs I can say looks can be deceiving.

You started in the right place by asking questions but honestly the game setup and hardware are maybe 1/4 of what's involved and very possibly the easist part. I'd suggest doing more research and going from there.

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Old 11-26-2009, 11:51 PM
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Yes I know Planetventrilo! The reason I came to this forum was to get some straight and honest answers from people with knowledge. I am not going for a 'start on the fly' model here!

I have read some figures and collected some information but most of them are old and out-dated. So what I am asking for is some direction on where to gather up-to-date information on server-systems and recent figures on bandwidth speeds needed for X amount of slots for game-servers run by source-engine.

The most relieable I've heard is 6KB/s IN/OUT pr. player for CSS. which would mean I could run 1000 slots total on my 60MBIT's fiber connection. And I find that hard to believe!

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Old 11-27-2009, 12:43 AM
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How many slots is a hard question to answer. It depends on many factors like mods and plugins but your in the area with 6-8kb/s. You have to also understand that your math doesn't accomodate for other services running on the server either. Your basing it on zero resources except for the game server apps so that needs to be taken into account also.

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Old 11-27-2009, 01:27 AM
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Ok, so lets say that leaves me at a pretty good condition when it comes to bandwidth. (atleast for starting up a few servers).

Now I have a PC I could start testing some servers on, but I don't know what kinds of systems I need to manually start multiple servers on 1 PC. I know there is more than just the server-setup, like ip-adresses and stuff like that.

Can anyone please help me find a good tutorial on how to do any of these things? It would be MUCH appreciated!

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Old 11-27-2009, 01:40 AM
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You'll need a control panel to control multiple servers. Take a look at tcadmin.com

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Old 11-27-2009, 01:50 AM
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Is there no other way to get around this 3rd party 'program'? I want to host lets say 4 12 slot servers on 1 PC, and I want to configure them all by myself.

I find it very hard to use these programs as I want to distinguish myself from the 'stream-line' servers, if its even possible to call them that!

Well I will take a close look at it and see if I might find it usefull for my plans. Thanks!

edit: I find tcadmin very intresting, but since I have little to none knowledge on how it works its pointless of me to comment on it right now. I'm gonna use friday eve to investigate it! But please, if anyone know of a way to dodge the bullet here, please tell me! Thanks!


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Old 11-27-2009, 02:16 AM
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After reading 20 some topics I found out that tcadmin is not for starters. Anyone got some other guidelines on where to start? Or is tcadmin really the way to go?

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Old 11-28-2009, 12:59 AM
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After reading 20 some topics I found out that tcadmin is not for starters. Anyone got some other guidelines on where to start? Or is tcadmin really the way to go?
If you think tcadmin is too difficult I suggest you do not start a game server hosting business without any knowledge.

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Old 11-28-2009, 03:38 AM
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Try Cpanel/WHM With The Game Server Addon that allows CSS Etc

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Old 11-28-2009, 10:50 AM
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After reading 20 some topics I found out that tcadmin is not for starters. Anyone got some other guidelines on where to start? Or is tcadmin really the way to go?
If you plan to use Linux, SwiftPanel is popular to manage the game servers. I personally prefer Linux over Windows. Go with CentOS.

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Old 11-28-2009, 11:04 AM
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After reading 20 some topics I found out that tcadmin is not for starters. Anyone got some other guidelines on where to start? Or is tcadmin really the way to go?
TCAdmin is the easy and quality cheap control panel you are going to get. I would suggest you get a trial license and install tcadmin on a local server and play with it. Its really easy. If you can do this and don't understand from reading docs this maybe game hosting isn't for you.

But good luck on what ever you do. Hope it works out. Just keep in mind hosting is not an easy business.

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Old 11-28-2009, 11:05 AM
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Best way to start of is configuring all by yourself!
Are you planing on going with Windows or Linux?
If you are hosting only source-based servers, Linux will be great for you.

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Old 11-29-2009, 10:31 AM
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Well, I was thinking on using windows, since thats the OS I am used to. And not planning on starting a business per se. Just wanted to host a dusin servers for upcomming tournaments and stuff, and if it goes well maybe I'd try selling them.

However, I was thinking more like a complete manual setup, where you use srcds and just run multiple servers from that, but I guess thats not possible?

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Old 11-29-2009, 01:08 PM
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Whats Needed Huh?

You would basically need pretty much a lot, Such as a Business plan, A provider, Some software and a template. Those are the main things needed.

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