Sniper Elite V2 is a sniper action game. The dedicated server component can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which allows you to start the dedicated server 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.
Sniper Elite V2 Dedicated Server Setup Under FireDaemon Pro
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:\Sniper Elite 2" +app_update 208050 validate +quit
Replace USERNAME and PASSWORD with your Steam username and password. The Target box should now look like:
C:\SteamCMD\steamcmd.exe +login USERNAME PASSWORD +force_install_dir "C:\Sniper Elite 2" +app_update 208050 validate +quit
Now click the shortcut you created and let it run to download the Sniper Elite V2 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.
Sniper Elite V2 uses one configuration file for its settings. By default, the server will look for a file named default.cfg in the directory where you installed the dedicated server software; however, you may specify a config file of a different name when you run the server. An example.cfg file is included in the Docs directory. Edit the example.cfg file to suit your preferences, and then move or copy this file to the Sniper Elite V2 home directory. If this file is your default file, you may want to rename the file to default.cfg.
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 SniperEliteV2CLI.exe file. The path for the purposes of this HOWTO is C:\Sniper Elite 2\bin\SniperEliteV2CLI.exe.
- Working Directory: The directory containing your SniperEliteV2CLI.exe file. The path for the purposes of this HOWTO is C:\Sniper Elite 2\bin.
Parameters: -exec configfile.cfg
- -exec configfile.cfg - This specifies a configuration file in the Sniper Elite 2 directory if you do not wish to use the default configuration file.
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 may optionally run Sniper Elite V2 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 Sniper Elite V2 doesn't respond to it.
Now click OK to finish setup and start Sniper Elite V2!