How To Run Zombie Panic Source Dedicated Server (ZPS DS) as a Windows Service
Zombie Panic Source is a first person action game. The dedicated server
component can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon. FireDaemon
will allow you to have the dedicated server start automatically at boot
prior to login, allow you to start multiple instances of the dedicated
server and so forth. This HOWTO will show you how set it up. You can
also use Trinity or PanelDaemon to manage FireDaemon and other Windows
services via a web browser.
ZPS Dedicated Server Setup Under FireDaemon
- First download and install the HLDS Update Tool. It can be downloaded from here. The download is small (< 1 MB).
- Download the ZPS server files via Valve’s content servers. First
before downloading the files, go to the directory where you installed
the HLDS Update Tool. Create a shortcut to "HldsUpdateTool.exe”. Next
edit the properties of the shortcut and in the target box, at the end
of it (with a space before the following), put:
-command update -game "zps" -dir .
The target box should now look something like:
"C:\ZPS\HldsUpdateTool.exe" -command update -game "zps" -dir .
Now click the shortcut you created and let it run (it might take a few
hours to update everything). You should also run the shortcut every
week or so to grab the latest server updates (stop your server first
- Install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice (typically
C:\Program Files\FireDaemon). FireDaemon can be downloaded from here.
- ZPS uses 1 configuration file to store it’s settings. Create the
file "server.cfg" in "C:\ZPS\orangebox\zps\cfg\server.cfg". You can
find an example config at the bottom of this HOWTO.
- Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on
the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type
Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below.
Obviously adjust paths to suite your installation. Pay special
attention to the Parameters list.
The most important field on the tab is the Parameters. The Parameters define the initial setup of your server.
Here’s the full parameter list you should have:
-console -game "zps" -secure +map zps_cinema -autoupdate +log on +maxplayers 32 -port 27015 +ip 220.127.116.11 +exec server.cfg
- "-console” enables text base server display. The server can only be automatically restarted in text based mode.
- "-game” loads the mod.
- "-secure” enables VAC protection of your server (valve anti cheat). You can remove this command if you do not want to use VAC.
- "+map” loads a specified map on server startup. You can change
"zpo_cinema” to whatever map you want. This command should never be
- "-autoupdate” Enables auto update of the server, valve has not
implemented this in windows so you will have to manually update
SRCDS/ZPS yourself. It’s simply here for the sake of legacy support if
valve ever decides to add it.
- "+log on” Displays the output of information on the screen. You can
turn optionally it off (+log off), but keeping it on makes it easier to
debug any errors you might encounter.
- "maxplayers 32” This controls the maximum of amount of players you
want your server to run. You can only control the max players on server
startup. This command should never be removed.
- "-port 27015” This is the default server port for SRCDS. You can
change it to anywhere from 27015 to 27020. Changing it is generally
used when you host multiple servers (as each server has to use its own
port when using the same IP). This command should never be removed.
- "+ip” should be the IP of your computer (not 127.0.0.1, go here to get your IP). This command should never be removed.
- "+exec server.cfg” This simply executes your server.cfg file on
server startup. If you run multiple servers from the same installation,
you can specify other config files (eg. server2.cfg)
- Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see your
dedicated server running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box
& select "Hidden” from the "Show Window” dropdown. Also uncheck
Graceful Shutdown as SRCDS doesn't respond to it. You can optionally
run SRCDS as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field
type your username (eg. Administrator) and then enter the user's
password twice in the Password and Confirm fields.
- Now click on the Advanced tab. You can change the Process Priority
to allocate more CPU time to the dedicated server or specify which CPU
or core the dedicated server will run on (in the case of
multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).
- Now click on the Dependencies tab. Make sure the service depends on
the lanmanworkstation (Workstation) service to ensure the TCP/IP and
CIFS stacks are both up prior to starting SRCDS.
- Now click on the Install button to install and start ZPS!
Below is an example server.cfg file:
hostname "Zombie Panic Source"
// Voice Comm
// bandwidth rates/settings
// Source TV
// Exec Configs