Call of Duty: World at War 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 FireDaemon Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

Call of Duty: World at War Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

At the time of this writing, there is no Windows dedicated server component for Call of Duty - World at War. You will need to use the executables included with your game. It's best to create a clean install of the game before continuing, a technique this HOWTO uses.

Go to "C:/Program Files/Activision/" and copy the "Call of Duty - World at War" to a folder on your hard drive. For the purposes of this HOWTO, we will use "C:\Cod Waw".

The copying process will take a long time (several hours). Once the copying is finished:

  • Go to "C:/COD WAW/main/" and delete the "Video" folder.
  • Go to "C:/COD WAW/pb/" and delete everything inside it.
After deleting these files, go here and download the latest Punk Buster files.

Run pbsetup.exe and click "Add a Game". Choose a CoDWaW server. You might need to browse to the CoDWaWmp.exe file so that pbsetup knows where your Call of Duty: World at War server is located. Once you have added your Call of Duty: World at War server, select/highlight the Call of Duty: World at War server in the list and click "Check For Updates". This should download a number of files to your Call of Duty: World at War server directories. You do not have to do anything else at this time, but you will have to add configuration files and cheat detection checks later.

Call of Duty: World at War uses one configuration file to store its settings. The file is "server.cfg" and is located in the "main" folder.

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.

Executable: The path to your CoDWaWmp.exe file. For the purposes of this HOWTO, the path is C:\CoD Waw\CoDWaWmp.exe.

Working Directory: The directory containing your CoDWaWmp.exe file. For the purposes of this HOWTO, the path is C:\CoD Waw

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:
+set dedicated 2 +set net_ip +set net_port 28960 +set sv_maxclients 32 +set sv_punkbuster 1 +exec server.cfg +map_rotate

  • "+set dedicated 2” loads the server.
  • "+set net_ip” Set's the Server IP (replace with your external or WAN IP)
  • “+set net_port 28960” Set's the Server Port.
  • “+set sv_maxclients 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.
  • “+set sv_punkbuster 1” Enables PunkBuster anti-cheat.
  • "+exec server.cfg" Loads the server configuration file.
  • "+map_rotate" Loads the map cycle.

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 your dedicated server 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 Call of Duty: World at War doesn't respond to it.

Now click the OK button to finish setup and start your dedicated server!