Brink is a first person action game. The dedicated server component can be run as a Windows service using FireDaemon Pro, which allows you to have the dedicated server start automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the dedicated server and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

Brink Dedicated Server Setup Under FireDaemon

First download and extract SteamCMD. The download is small (< 2 MB).

Go to the directory where you installed SteamCMD and create a shortcut to "SteamCMD.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:

+login USERNAME PASSWORD +force_install_dir "C:\brink" +app_update 72780 validate +quit

Be sure to replace USERNAME and PASSWORD with your Steam username and password. It is recommended that you use a separate Steam account for running dedicated servers.

The target box should now look something like:

C:\SteamCMD\steamcmd.exe +login USERNAME PASSWORD +force_install_dir "C:\brink" +app_update 232250 validate +quit

Now click the shortcut you created and let it run to download the Brink server files. 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. Make sure to stop your server first.

Brink stores all of its configuration files in the base folder. Edit any of the .cfg files to your liking.

Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.

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. Adjust the paths to suit your installation. Note the required parameters.

The most important field on the tab is the Parameters. The Parameters define the initial setup of your server.

Executable: The path to your brink.exe file. The path in this example is C:\brink\brink.exe.

Working Directory: The directory containing your brink.exe file. The path in this example is C:\brink\brink.exe.

Here’s the full parameter list you should have:
+set net_serverDedicated 1 +set si_name "My Server" +set net_serverPort 27015 +set net_serverPortMaster 27016 +set exec_maxThreads 1

  • +set net_serverDedicated 1 Loads the dedicated server (Required)
  • +set si_name "My Server" Sets the server name (Replace 'My Server' with whatever you want)
  • +set net_serverPort 27015 Sets the server port to 27015
  • +set net_serverPortMaster 27016 Sets the master port to 27016
  • +set exec_maxThreads 1 This setting is critical for computer performance. If you do not set it, then your Brink server will use up all available cores and slow your server computer.

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. You can optionally run Brink as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. 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 Lifecycle tab. Uncheck Graceful Shutdown as Brink Dedicated Server doesn't respond to it.

Now click OK to finish setup and start your Brink Dedicated Server!