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1 GB of free space on disk.
Recomanded OS: XP Service Pack 2 (but it runs well on Vista too)
1 GB of RAM Memory

Installing the server

First af all create a new folder named SRCDS anywhere on disk.

Then download CS Source Server Creator here . Double click, Next chose the SRCDS directory and click Install. The installer will open a command prompter black window. Just wait until the installer downloads the server. When it is done, the black window goes away. That means you are done downloading the server.

Some antivirus softwares will get a false virus detection when you run the installer. Don`t worry ! The installer is 100 % safe ! It is just HLDS Update Tool , a little bit simplified for you not to complicate yourselvs with command lines.

Servers configuration

Go to SRCDS\css\cstrike\cfg and check if you have there a file named server.cfg. If it is not there, create it with Notepad or Wordpad and save it with cfg extension. Then open it and copy this:

// server name
hostname "Server Name"

// rcon passsword
rcon_password "password"

// server cvars
mp_friendlyfire 0
mp_footsteps 1
mp_autoteambalance 1
mp_autokick 0
mp_flashlight 1
mp_tkpunish 1
mp_forcecamera 0
sv_alltalk 0
sv_pausable 0
sv_cheats 0
sv_consistency 1
sv_allowupload 1
sv_allowdownload 1
sv_maxspeed 320
mp_limitteams 2
mp_hostagepenalty 5
sv_voiceenable 1
mp_allowspectators 1
mp_timelimit 25
mp_chattime 10
sv_timeout 65

// bots
bot_quota 0
bot_quota_mode fill
bot_difficulty 2
bot_chatter off
bot_auto_follow 1
bot_auto_vacate 1
bot_join_after_player 0
bot_defer_to_human 1
bot_allow_rogues 0
bot_walk 0
bot_join_team any
bot_eco_limit 2000
bot_allow_grenades 1
bot_allow_grenades 1
bot_allow_pistols 1
bot_allow_sub_machine_guns 1
bot_allow_shotguns 1
bot_allow_rifles 1
bot_allow_snipers 1

// round specific cvars
mp_freezetime 6
mp_roundtime 5
mp_startmoney 800
mp_c4timer 45
mp_fraglimit 0
mp_maxrounds 0
mp_winlimit 0
mp_playerid 0
mp_spawnprotectiontime 5

// bandwidth rates/settings
sv_minrate 0
sv_maxrate 0
decalfrequency 10
sv_maxupdaterate 60
sv_minupdaterate 10

// server logging
log off
sv_logbans 0
sv_logecho 1
sv_logfile 1
sv_log_onefile 0

// operation
sv_lan 0
sv_region 0

// execute ban files
exec banned_user.cfg
exec banned_ip.cfg

Change the Server Name and RCON password as you like.
If you want to enable bots, set the bot quota in this line: bot_quota 0 (put the number here).

Opening the server

There is only one way to open the server so pay attention !

Go to SRCDS directory an look for srcds.exe. Right click on it and select "Create Shortcut" or “Send to -> Desktop” (if you want a shortcut on your Desktop) . 
Right click thr shortcut and select "Proprieties".
In the Target field leave a space after the last character and copy this:

-console -game cstrike -insecure +maxplayers 22 +map de_dust2

You can costumize it :
"-console" – is for the ingame console (the one that opens with `) 
"-game cstrike" – is for the counter strike game 
"-secure" – is for your VAC anti cheat. If you want it disabled just type insecure instead of secure 
"+maxplayers 22 – is the maximal number of slots on your server (you can change it)
"+map de_dust2 - the starting map (you can olso change it)

Patching the server

If you want your server to be Steam Only, skip this step !
But if you want it to accept non steam users, download this patch here and unzipp it.

Copy the content of css-dods folder (bin,steam,rev.ini) to SRCDS\css and overwrite the existig files.

Now you have a Counter Strike Source dedicated server that accepts Steam and Non Steam users.

Now we will make sure that you can administrate your server.
In order to do this you will have to install Source Metamod and Sourcemod or Mani Admin Plugin.
See the Source Metamod installation tutorial.
See the Sourcemod installation and configuration tutorial.
See the Mani Admin Plugin tutorial.


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