How to run Eden Star as a Windows Service with FireDaemon Pro.

Eden Star is a fast paced Sci-Fi survival game that blends unique physics based combat, destructible environments and free-form construction with the exploration of a hostile alien world.                  

Eden Star can be run as a Windows service using FireDaemon Pro. This allows you to start and run the dedicated server automatically when Windows boots and before login. FireDaemon Pro also allows you to start multiple instances of the game server, monitoring them and automatically restarting those instances in the event they crash. FireDaemon Fusion can also be used to manage your Eden Star service, plus other Windows services via your web browser.

Eden Star

Eden Star screenshot

Eden Star Dedicated Server Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Please follow the steps below to set up a Eden Star as a Windows service with FireDaemon Pro

Step 1: Download and Install SteamCMD for Windows

SteamCMD is a command-line version of the Steam Client. Its primary use is to install and update various dedicated servers available on Steam using a command-line interface.

  1. Create a folder on your system, for SteamCMD, C:\SteamCMD
  2. Download SteamCMD to this folder. A single ZIP file is downloaded.
  3. Extract the contents of the ZIP file into the folder. A single program file, steamcmd.exe, is extracted.
  4. Double-click steamcmd.exe. This will download SteamCMD and corresponding support files into the C:\SteamCMD folder.

Step 2: Download and Install FireDaemon Pro

  1. Download FireDaemon Pro installer
  2. Double-click installer and follow the installation wizard to complete the installation.
  3. For more information about installing FireDaemon, see the FireDaemon Pro Users Guide.

Step 3: Download and Install the Eden Star Dedicated Server

Download the Eden Star server files via the Steam SteamPipe servers. Go to the directory where you installed SteamCMD and create a shortcut to "SteamCMD.exe". In the shortcut, edit the properties and in the target box, at the end of it (with a space before the following), put:

+login anonymous +force_install_dir "C:\Eden Star" +app_update 419790 validate +quit
SteamCMD Shortcut PropertiesThe game is currently 380 MB.

If the server successfully downloads, the command window will close on its own. Otherwise, it will stay open and tell you what went wrong (most likely you don't have enough free disk space).

You will also need to download Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2013 files. You can download them from the Microsoft website here. Be sure to choose the 64-bit version.

Step 5: Set Up Eden Star as a FireDaemon Pro Service

FireDaemon Pro Eden Star Service Program Tab

The most important field on the tab is the Parameters. The Parameters define the initial setup of your server. At minimum the parameter list should be as follows:

-log -ServerName="My Server" -ServerMaxPlayers=8 -Port=7777 -QueryPort=27017 -ServerSaveKey="#" -ServerAutoSaveInterval=900 -RCONPassword="changeme" -RCONPort=8890
  • -log enables a console log for your game server. Using this parameter ensures you can see a console running your game server.
  • -ServerName="My Server" Changed the server name. Replace the text in the quotes with the server name you want to use.
  • -ServerMaxPlayers=8 Sets the max players to 8 which is default. 32 is the limit for slots.
  • -Port=7777 The server port.
  • -QueryPort-27017 The server query port.
  • -ServerSaveKey="#" If you're hosting multiple servers from the same machine, replace # with a unique value.
  • -ServerAutoSaveInterval=900 Saves the world every 900 seconds (15 minutes) instead of the default of every 3600 seconds (1 hour).
  • -RCONPassword="changeme" Replace password with the password you want to use.
  • -RCONPort=8890 The RCON port.

More parameters can be found at" in "Stand Alone Server - Configuring Your Server" section

Next, click on the FireDaemon Pro Settings tab:

FireDaemon Pro Eden Star service settings

Enter appropriate values in the fields on the Settings tab as follows:

  • (Optional) Logon Account: Enter the Windows account under which the game is to be run, e.g. the current user account.
  • Password / Confirm Password:  Enter the logon account's password twice.
  • (Optional) Interact with Desktop: If this setting is enabled (default), the game server's output messages can be seen in the console window on Windows Session 0. To switch to Session 0, it may be necessary to install FireDaemon Zero and ZeroInput. Alternatively, this setting may be disabled, in which case the game server's messages will be hidden.
  • (Optional) Priority: To allocate more CPU time to the game server, select a higher scheduling priority in this field.
  • (Optional) CPU Bindings: To run the game server on a specific CPU, specify the appropriate CPU in this field.

Next, click on the Lifecycle tab. Set Shutdown By to "Forceful Termination".

FireDaemon Pro Eden Star lifecycle settingsLastly, click the Save and Close (ie. the tick) button on the toolbar. If the service's Startup Type is set to Automatic or Automatic (Delayed-Start), it will start immediately.

Step 7: Verify that Eden Star is Running Correctly

The Eden Star game server's status can easily be checked on the main FireDaemon Pro Services List - look for a Running Status value and a numeric Process ID (PID) value.

FireDaemon Pro Services listIf the service's Interact with Desktop setting is enabled, the game status can also be verified by switching to Windows Session 0 to view the game's messages.