cd C:Program FilesValveHLServer
The DOS prompt should appear like so:
Now we're ready to install Counter-Strike, type:
HldsUpdateTool.exe -command update -game cstrike -dir .
| Note the period after -dir - Make sure not to leave it out.
If all goes well, the install process will begin and you should now see a bunch of lines scroll on the DOS cmd prompt window.
Source Dedicated GUI
The installer will recognize it is a new install and proceed to download and update Counter-Strike. Leave the window alone! Be patient this may take a while, so go grab something to munch on while you wait, the installer takes roughly 20-30 minutes to download all files (~300MB) on a 6Mbit connection. After it is finished, you will see a "HLDS installation up to date" message.
checking for updates
Starting the server
There are two ways to start the server, either by using the fancy Steam GUI or the Console.
Console on left, Steam GUI on right
Which method you choose depend on the type of server. If it will be a temporary server then use the GUI for easy setup, otherwise, stick with the console, it uses less resources. Select one of the two options:
1. Starting via Steam GUI
Browse to C:Program FilesValveHLServer and double click the hlds.exe icon. A menu will open and everything else should be self explanatory. If you choose the Steam GUI there is no need to read any further, you have successfully installed Steam, simply select your server start-up options using the GUI tabs. To start the server using the console method, continue reading.
Server startup GUI
2. Starting via Console
Browse to C:Program FilesValveHLServer
and right click hlds.exe then select Create Shortcut
now right click that new Shortcut you just created and select Properties
New shortcut properties
Counter-Strike command line options
Below are a list of commands you can enter in the target field to start the server.
Initializes console mode
Automatically update the server when Steam updates are released
-game <game name>
The HLDS mod you want to run
+maxplayers <number of players>
Amount of players to allow
+map <map name>
The map to start the server with
-port <port number>
The port number the server should run on. Can be left out if you plan on using the default port (27015).
Useful if you have multiple IPs and want to assign a particular IP to the server.
Example, you want to start the server with 12 players and the map de_aztec your target field should look like this:
"C:Program FilesValveHLServerhlds.exe" -console -game cstrike -autoupdate +maxplayers 12 +map de_aztec
| Note the quotes around the path, they are required if the path contains a space.
After you've entered that in the target field, click OK then double click the shortcut icon and the server should now be starting up:
Adding cmds in target field and starting the server
Each time you want to start the server, all you do now is double click the Shortcut icon with the saved Target parameter.
You can also start the server without creating a shortcut: Click on Start, Run, then type cmd
now in the DOS prompt window, type: