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What is HLDS? Today, some people call the new Steam version of HLDS "Steam Dedicated Server", but because Valve hasn't released any official terms we're going to stick with the old name throughout this website. Why do we need servers? Servers are computers that manage all the players in the specific playing arena that we call a "server".
Author: Doktor haus. Click the blue "from the Valve webserver" link on that page to download it. Run the application and go through the installation process. I recommend keeping the default installation directory, and when you reach the region page, choose your region. The second quoted text is going to be the directory for your new Source Dedicated Server installation. With the -game paramater, instead of left4dead2 you can choose to update other games.
Information on this page is based on this thread in the SME Server forums. First off we are going to make a user called: hlds. It is better if we don't run our server as root, but rather we run it as a normal user, just so that there is less chances of a security breach. After hlds has updated you need to decide what game you want to install. For this how to I will just be installing a normal Half-Life server, but you are free to install a cstrike or czero etc This will tell hlds to get all the files required for a normal Half-Life server. If you want to have a counterstrike server, all you need to do is change the -game valve to -game cstrike Or if you want condition zero: -game czero I don't know the commands for any other games, but they should be fairly easy to find using google. Getting the game files may take some time , but after hlds has downloaded them, you'll be back at the prompt. Now we can start our server.