How to run The Isle as a Windows Service with FireDaemon Pro

How to run The Isle as a Windows Service with FireDaemon Pro

The Isle is an open-world survival horror game.

How to run The Isle as a Windows Service with FireDaemon Pro

The Isle 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 The Isle service, plus other Windows services via your web browser.

The Isle Dedicated Server Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Please follow the steps below to set up The Isle 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 DirectX

Download and install the Microsoft DirectX End User Runtime.

Step 4: Download and Install The Isle Dedicated Server

Download The Isle 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:\The Isle" +app_update 412680 -beta evrima validate +quit
How to run The Isle as a Windows Service with FireDaemon Pro

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).

Step 5: Configure The Isle Dedicated Server

  • The dedicated server does not currently include the config file. Find it attached at the end of this guide and save it to "C:\the isle\TheIsle\Saved\Config".
  • Open "C:\the isle\TheIsle\Saved\Config\game.ini" and edit it to your liking. In particular change "ServerName" and "ServerMOTD".

Step 6: Set Up The Isle Dedicated Server as a FireDaemon Pro Service

Double click the FireDaemon Pro icon on your desktop, then click on the New (i.e. +) button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl + N) to create a new service. Enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the path names to suit your installation. Note the required parameters.

The Isle Windows Service Program Tab

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

/Game/TheIsle/Maps/Game/Isla_Spiro/Isla_Spiro?MultiHome= -log
  • "/Game/TheIsle/Maps/Game/Isla_Spiro/Isla_Spiro" Loads Isla Spiro map.
  • "?multihome=" should be the IP of your computer (If your computer is behind a router, then it will be your internal DHCP IP. If its directly connected to internet, then on the go here to get your IP). This command should never be removed.
  • "?Port=5009" the server port.
  • "?QueryPort=5010" The query port so your server shows up on server list.
  • "?MaxPlayers=20" Change 20 to however many players you want to host, but don't set too high, or else server will lag heavily (it will take some tweaking over time to see what your server computer can handle).
  • "-log" creates log files.
Next, click on the FireDaemon Pro Settings tab:

The Isle Windows service settingsEnter 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 "Graceful Close" and check "Console Program" and choose "Ctrl+C".

The Isle Windows service lifecycle

Lastly, 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 The Isle is Running Correctly

The Isle 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.

The Isle Windows 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.
How to run The Isle Windows Service

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