How to Setup (& Run) a Dedicated Server

How to Setup (& Run) a Dedicated Server

A Satisfactory dedicated server can seem complicated to create, but, as long as the system requirements are met, it only takes a few steps to set up.

Running a dedicated server in Satisfactory allows players to host a game, set an administration password, and change the parameters of their world. There are a few steps to setting up a dedicated server, including downloading a tool from Steam or the Epic Games Store. It’s also important that players check the system requirements to ensure their computer is capable of running the dedicated server.

There are some advantages to hosting a dedicated server rather than simply starting a private game in Satisfactory. The biggest difference is that a dedicated server allows other players to access it without the host being online. In a private game, once the host signs off, the session ends and other players can’t access the world until the host is online again. Setting up a dedicated server makes it much easier to connect with friends and create a world together without everyone having to be online at the same time.

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Several options are available for running a dedicated server, but efficiency and performance will depend on the host’s system specifications and operating system. Players have the option of using or renting external hardware in order to improve performance, but efficiency will depend on what hardware is used and how many players are on the server. A separate computer can be used to run the server while playing on a different device, or players can rent external hardware to remotely run their dedicated server. While renting external hardware for a running dedicated server is helpful, it’s not necessary for Satisfactory.

System Requirements For Running A Dedicated Server In Satisfactory

The system requirements should be similar regardless of which dedicated server tool is being used. The recommended system requirements for a Satisfactory dedicated server can be found on the Epic Games Store website by going to the game’s main page, then selecting the Add-Ons tab. The free dedicated server will be listed as an add-on, and players can click on it, then scroll to the bottom of the page to find the minimum system requirements.

OS: Windows 10 or later (64-bit)Processor: i5-3570 3.4 GHz 4 CoreMemory: 8 GB RAMGraphics: Dedicated graphics card, 2 GB GTX 770Storage: 15 GB of available space

The specifications for the tool released on the Epic Games Store website are the minimum requirements, but performance will also depend on how strong the internet connection is. Currently, the Early Access version of Satisfactory only allows for four players to be on a single server at once, so there shouldn’t be a lot of performance issues if players have the right system specifications. However, since the game is in Early Access, some issues may occur that aren’t related to the computer’s performance.

How To Set Up A Dedicated Server In Satisfactory

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After checking the system requirements and determining whether or not external hardware is needed, players can download a dedicated server tool from Epic Games or Steam to start setting everything up. The tool that’s being installed needs to be the same as the version of the game that players have downloaded. The process for setting up the dedicated server will differ depending on which tool is being used. Current save files can be copied into the Epic Games dedicated server tool, otherwise, a new game can be started after downloading it. For Steam, there are a few more steps involved in setting up a dedicated server.

SteamCMD Step One: Download SteamCMD and extract the fileSteamCMD Step Two: Double-click on the extracted application to download the files, then type quit to exitSteamCMD Step Three: Right-click and start a new text document file, then open it and add the command steamcmd +login anonymous +force_install_dir SatisfactoryDedicatedServer +app_update 1690800 +quitSteamCMD Step Four: Go to file, then save as and save the text document as server.bat and choose All Files from the file type drop-down listSteamCMD Step Five: Open the new server.bat file and wait for the files to downloadSteamCMD Step Six: Open the Satisfactory dedicated server folder, create a new text document, then paste FactoryServer.exe -log -unattended into itSteamCMD Step Seven: Save the text document as start.bat, then open it to run the dedicated serverSteamCMD Step Eight: Launch Satisfactory and choose Server Manager from the main menuSteamCMD Step Nine: Choose ‘Add Server’ at the bottom of the screenSteamCMD Step Ten: Players can add their IP address and the default Port, 15777, then choose ‘Confirm’ to create the server

If players are having trouble with step six, they may need to adjust their firewall settings and give permissions to the SteamCMD application. Although the Steam dedicated server is a bit more complicated than the Epic Games tool, both options work well. Additionally, the dedicated server on the Epic Games Store website states that the tool is still experimental, so there could be some issues while running it. Players will need to choose whichever tool matches the version of the game they own. For example, if Satisfactory was purchased on Steam, the Epic Games dedicated server tool won’t work with that version. After adding the dedicated server to the game, the host can change some of the settings.

Dedicated Server Settings In Satisfactory

Satisfactory How to Setup & Run a Dedicated Server Settings Menu

When the dedicated server is created, it will appear unclaimed, and a prompt will ask if the player wants to claim it. The player that claims the server will become the host, and a few options will become available. First, the host can set an administration password that gives others access to change the parameters of the game. The password set on the screen for the game’s new server won’t add any restrictions on who can join, but it does indicate that players with the password can alter administrative settings.

The server and session names can be set in the Server Manager screen, and the administration password can also be changed at any time. The other two settings on this screen can be turned on or off using the checkboxes. The first option is to pause the game when there are no players connected, and the other setting can be turned on to automatically save the game when a player disconnects. After adjusting the settings, the host can create a game in their preferred starting area and begin playing Satisfactory on their dedicated server.

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Satisfactory is available in Early Access on PC.

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