In this tutorial i want to show you (so far as i can) how to setup a dedicated server for source- and hl1engine games. Installing hldsupdatetool First, create a folder where the files for the dedicated server will be located. In this tutorial, C:\HLServer will be used as the server directory. Verify 1-2 gB of free space is available on the drive. Downloading the hldsupdatetool from valve to C:\HLServer. For the next steps you will need the DOS command line (Click Start, then Run, Type in �cmd� (no quotes needed) then click the OK button.) Change in the console to the HLServer directory: Now start hldsupdatetool and let it download the newest version! Downloading reuired files Download the HLDS server files that are required to run the server. Depending on your connection this could take from a few minutes to a few hours. Again, from the Command Prompt, enter this command: hldsupdatetool -command update -game valve -dir c:\hlserver Once finished retrieving the files, the text: HLDS installation up to date will appear. Now start downloading the game, which is required by the HLDS: hldsupdatetool -command update -game [gamemod] -dir c:\hlserver Use for [gamemod] the game you want to install, e.g: hldsupdatetool -command update -game cstrike -dir c:\hlserver -game cstrike will install Counter-Strike 1.6 but you can also use dod or -game "Counter-Strike Source". Downloading the game(s) will take a few hours! Cracking your server For HL1-Engine Games you should copy and replace the swds.dll with this one: WIN32 HL1 Dedicated Server *CRACKED* Build 3647 -REVOLUTiON For Source-Engine Games use these cracked files: WIN32 Source Dedicated Server *CRACKED* Build 3152 -PROViSiON Now ppl with cracked and orig. steam can join your (vac2) server! Setup/starting your server! To configure your server you must edit the server.cfg file (C:\hlserver\GAME\server.cfg)! Counter-Strike Source CFG Maker, HL1 CFG Maker or use Google Start your server now with (for example) following commands: C:\HLServer\srcds.exe -insecure -game cstrike -pingboost 1 +map de_dust -maxplayers 16 -autoupdate or C:\HLServer\hlds -console -game cstrike -port 27015 +exec server.cfg +maxplayers 16 +map de_dust Btw. you can create a shortcut to start your server too!