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Game Servers Overview

How do I install and update a stand-alone Dedicated Server for Windows?

Types of Servers

Half-Life Dedicated Servers can host Gold Source-engine games like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, and Team Fortress. Source-engine Dedicated Servers can host Source-engine games like Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Counter-Strike: Source, and Day of Defeat: Source.

  • Listen Server

    This type of server may be started in-game by selecting the Create Server option. Listen Servers are ideal for small LAN games (this type of server is not intended to be used as a public server).

  • Steam Dedicated Server

    This type of server may be started through Steam by selecting a server application to run under the Tools tab. Steam Dedicated Servers require more system resources than the Stand-Alone Dedicated Server and cannot be started automatically when your computer is booted up.

  • Stand-Alone Dedicated Server

    This type of server is intended for advanced users who are intend to run the dedicated server software to host internet games. Stand-Alone Dedicated Servers offer the best performance and configuration options, however, you must use a console interface to manage the server.

  • Linux Dedicated Server

    The Linux Dedicated Server is a variant of the Stand-Alone Dedicated Server designed to run on Linux.


Dedicated Server Assistance

Join the dedicated server discussion list for your operating system and review the mailing list archives to find solutions for dedicated server issues:


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