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-> Video Tutorial - HowTo rent, config a Battlefield 3/4/Hardline Server
I didnt found anything like this yet and i know how hard it is to learn all this... so i wrote this.
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Ok Lets start:
To setup an Battlefield 3/4 Server is really not easy!
Programs you need to setup/admin a Server:
Filezilla (to connect to your Server and Procon-Layer via ftp)
Procon (to admin/config your Server)
1. Rent a Server
First of all you have to rent a server of this list. (there are no dedicated Servers!)
I can only tell you my experience. I used 3 of this Providers until now (my current provider is g-portal) :
g-portal.com +Incl Procon +- Support could be better -Crashes -NO TS Incl. +cheap (0,69/Slot at 32P) +new "cash for play" system
gameservers.com +Incl Procon +good Support -Crashes -NO TS Incl. -very expensive (1,15/slot at 32P)
gameserver.gamed.de - NO Procon Incl -NO TS incl -Crashes -bad Support +cheap (Incl. Procon 0,69/Slot at 32P)
I found out that each Provider got Problems with Crashes - the expensive ones too.
If you take the expensive ones you will have better Support! ( My Experience!!)
I stay at g-Portal because i have a old Gamecloud were i am cheaper that 69cent/slot
2. First start / Mainconfig your Server - at your Providers page
First you need a few Infos - search for it at your Providers site:
1. your Server-ftp logindata 2. your Procon logindata 3. your Procon ftp logindata
Save all this logindata into one txt to find it easy.
At the most Providers you got a nice dashboard to control your Server -If not look at 2.1
First of all rename your Server there and give him an rconpassword.
You can also set the maps/modes you want to play. Now start the Server.
You may also have to start the Procon server first to get the logindata.
2.1 Mainconfig your Server - with ftp
YOU DONT NEED THIS IF 2.0 WORKED CORRECTLY!
Open Filezilla and add your Server-ftp logindata and Procon-ftp logindata at the Servermanager to reach it easily.
Now connect to your Server. Go to the "Admin" folder and copy all files on your pc.
First edit your startup.txt - i added a default startup, you only have to add your servername, rconpw and Serverdescription.
After that you can also edit your reservedslotlist.txt and maplist.txt.
(To know the Mapcodes and Modecodes look at this file!)
3. Setup Procon
Open Procon and add your Server.
Now click it to open it. Click at the little book at the bottom, left to organize the players.
at the top, right at "Tools" -> "Options" you can change the language.
Now take a look at "Server Settings" if your Servername and description is ok.
3.1 Setup Procon - Admin rights
To have rights with your ingame-Player, go to "Parent Layer Control"
You should have "Plugins" and "Accounts" at the top.
Activate the "In-game Admin" Plugin (this should be there without install)
Now got to "Accounts". Create a new Account with using your exact ingamename.
Now you can give your account rights.
If you have also Admins make them their own accounts with their exact usernames
They only need "kicking, killing, temporary and permanent banning" and "allow to move players between teams and squads".
You can also "allow remote console access to layer" if they want to use to procon-client.
BUT DONT GIVE THEM ACCESS TO MANAGE PLUGINS OR MORE!
Now you can test your ingame - adminrights by joining the server and type @kill [playername]
All commands you can find if you click at the "In-Game Admin" Plugin and click at "Details".
Congratulations you successfully setup a Battlefield 3/4 Server.
NO, no this wasnt all, much more work to do
If you really want a professional-Server, with Cheat-protection and automatic serverrule-yell,
you have to plan much more time.... If you only want a unranked Server you are finished now.