Stylomax Nov 14, 2013 @ 10:13pm
Dedicated server help (Win 2008 R2)
Seeing as the forums at Unknown Worlds are pretty dead I'm hoping that somebody has an idea in here as to what's wrong with my dediated server setup.

Well I'm pretty much stumped on this one and I am honestly not sure what I have configured incorrectly. I have read the Wiki howto on how to setup a server and followed all of the instructions. The server seems to start up correctly from the console but it has problems accepting connections. This NS2 server is running on Windows 2008 R2. I have forwarded ports 27015, 27014 and 27016 to the server's internal static IP address. Here's the console log:

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Build 259
Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit (build 7601)
Error: PhysX: Invalid Cuda context!
Setting breakpad minidump AppID = 4940
Connected to Steam servers
VAC Enabled
Loading config://ServerConfig.json
Loading config://ServerAdmin.json
Loading config://BannedPlayers.json
Loading config://MapCycle.json
Loading config://ConsistencyConfig.json
Hashed 1 game_setup.xml files for consistency
Hashed 771 *.lua files for consistency
Hashed 36 *.hlsl files for consistency
Hashed 29 *.shader files for consistency
Hashed 17 *.screenfx files for consistency
Hashed 133 *.surface_shader files for consistency
Hashed 3 *.fxh files for consistency
Hashed 3 *.render_setup files for consistency
Hashed 2 *.shader_template files for consistency
Hashed 11 *.level files for consistency
Hashed 5135 *.dds files for consistency
Hashed 72 *.jpg files for consistency
Hashed 43 *.png files for consistency
Hashed 884 *.cinematic files for consistency
Hashed 2204 *.material files for consistency
Hashed 3557 *.model files for consistency
Hashed 105 *.animation_graph files for consistency
Hashed 201 *.polygons files for consistency
Hashed 2 *.fev files for consistency
Hashed 22 *.fsb files for consistency
Skipped 359 ui/*.dds files for consistency
Skipped 120 *_view*.dds files for consistency
Skipped 54 *_view*.material files for consistency
Skipped 123 *_view*.model files for consistency
Skipped 17 models/marine/hands/* files for consistency
Hashed 0 lua/entry/*.entry files for consistency
Loading 'maps/ns2_mineshaft.level'
Cooked mesh with 28018 faces, 18874 vertices
Cooked mesh with 520 faces, 527 vertices
Cooked mesh with 20066 faces, 13315 vertices
Cooked mesh with 7467 faces, 6195 vertices
Error: Couldn't open file 'models/effects/windowcracks.model'
Cooked mesh with 4 faces, 4 vertices
Cooked mesh with 8 faces, 6 vertices
Cooked mesh with 8 faces, 6 vertices
Cooked mesh with 4 faces, 4 vertices
Cooked mesh with 4 faces, 4 vertices
Cooked mesh with 4 faces, 4 vertices
Cooked mesh with 4 faces, 4 vertices
Cooked mesh with 4 faces, 4 vertices
Building pathing mesh for level maps/ns2_mineshaft.level
Finished loading 'maps/ns2_mineshaft.level'
Client connecting (
Error: Failed to send user connect and auth, can't authenticate player
DisconnectReason_AuthenticationFailed cause #2
Client disconnected ( Authentication failed. If other multiplayer
Steam games do not work either, then Steam could be down, or your firewall is bl
ocking it.

So when I attempt to connect to the server it displays the error messages that you see above and the only way I can try and connect is by using the console window since it doesn't show up on the master list. Any ideas as to what I should try?
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Ghargoil Dec 6, 2013 @ 6:49pm 
Did you figure this out? I have the same exact problem.
blackbyrd84 Jan 4 @ 10:23pm 
I am having the exact same issue on my dedicated server as well. Any fix yet?
Swarley Jan 4 @ 10:52pm 
ok so i have 3 servers running on my pc, not sure why you are forwarding 3 ports if you are running 1 server..... 27015, 27014 and 27016 if you are using port 27015 to 27016 < forward these both tcp and udp in your router and in your fire wall

then for your exe to laucher server make a short cut. on the short cut right click go to props and edit the file path type -file "F:\ns2rocks\server_1\server1.txt" < this is mine so obviously u need to change the path...

k now doesnt really matter where you need to make a text file and type -port 27015

the config path for shout cut will make the server read.... as mine is hard drive f. ns2rock folder server_1 folder and read the txt. the txt tells the server to use port 27015 you can set name limit and much more in here.

if that doesnt work im not sure what to tell you there are some great step by step vids on youtube tho if all else fails GOOD LUCK
OuchOfDeath Jan 5 @ 5:19am 
I'd recommend you post about this issue at
Swarley Jan 5 @ 5:22am 
lol that website is dead mate
Originally posted by OuchOfDeath:
I'd recommend you post about this issue at
OuchOfDeath Jan 5 @ 5:30am 
It's the official forums. Works fine here. Copy and paste it if you just typed it out, and google is your friend.
Swarley Jan 5 @ 5:43am 
these are also offical ns2 forums as you say.... and im sure he has already tried google or he wouldnt be asking on forums...... forums are last resort..

if you arent going to at least offer some help...... why are you posting on his thread.....
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