Deploying a Team Fortress 2 Server through the Linode Marketplace
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Team Fortress 2 (TF2) is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter game. In TF2, you and your team choose from 9 unique classes and play against an enemy team in a variety of game modes. These modes include capture the flag, king of the hill, and even a battle pitting your team against a robotic horde.
Setting up a personal game server puts you in control of the game modes and maps you use, as well as a variety of other settings to customize your experience.
Deploying the Team Fortress 2 Marketplace App
The Linode Marketplace allows you to easily deploy software on a Linode using the Linode Cloud Manager.
Log in to the Cloud Manager and select the Marketplace link from the left navigation menu. This displays the Linode Compute Create page with the Marketplace tab pre-selected.
Under the Select App section, select the app you would like to deploy.
Fill out all required Options for the selected app as well as any desired Advanced Options (which are optional). See the Configuration Options section for details.
Complete the rest of the form as discussed within the Getting Started > Create a Linode.
Click the Create Linode button. Once the Linode has provisioned and has fully powered on, wait for the software installation to complete. If the Linode is powered off or restarted before this time, the software installation will likely fail. To determine if the installation has completed, open the Linode’s Lish console and wait for the system login prompt to appear.
Follow the instructions within the Getting Started After Deployment section.
Software installation should complete within 5-15 minutes after the Linode has finished provisioning.
Team Fortress 2 Options
You can configure your Team Fortress 2 App by providing values for the following fields:
|RCON Password||The password for the remote console, which allows you to issue commands on the TF2 server. Required.|
|Server Name||Your Team Fortress 2 server’s name. Advanced Options.|
|Message of the Day||Message of the day. Text displayed whenever a player logs on to the server. Advanced Options|
|Server Password||The password for the TF2 server. Configuring a TF2 server password will require users of your game server to provide this password. Advanced Options|
|Game Server Login Token||A Steam game server login token. This is required to publicly list your server. To get a Steam Token, visit the Steam Game Server Account Management page. Advanced Options|
|Team Balance Enabled||Automatically balance the number of players on a team. Advanced Options|
|Maximum Rounds||The maximum amount of rounds before the map changes. Advanced Options|
|Round Time Limit||The time per round, in minutes. Advanced Options|
For advice on filling out the remaining options on the Create a Linode form, see Getting Started > Create a Linode. That said, some options may be limited or recommended based on this Marketplace App:
- Supported distributions: Debian 9
- Recommended minimum plan: 4GB Dedicated CPU or Shared Compute Instance
Getting Started after Deployment
Ensure that you have installed Team Fortress 2 to your computer before getting started with this section. You can install Team Fortress 2 from Steam’s Web Store.
After the Team Fortress 2 Server Marketplace App has finished deploying to your Linode, you will be able to access your server by copying your Linode’s IPv4 address and connecting to it within the game installed on your computer. To find your Linode’s IPv4 address and connect to it:
Click on the Linodes link in the sidebar. You will see a list of all your Linodes.
Find the Linode you just created when deploying your app and select it.
Navigate to the Networking tab.
Under the IPv4 heading, you will find your IPv4 address listed under the Address column.
Copy the IPv4 address.
Open Team Fortress 2 on your computer, then open the developer’s console by pressing the back tick key (`).
connect 192.0.2.155. Replace 192.0.2.155 with the IP address of your Linode, and then click Submit.
This connects you to the server.
The Team Fortress 2 Marketplace App will install the following required software on your Linode:
|Team Fortress 2||Game server.|
|LinuxGSM||A command line tool for the deployment and management of Linux game servers.|
|UFW||Firewall utility. Ports 27014:27050/tcp, 3478:4380/udp, 27000:27030/udp, and 26901 will allow outgoing and incoming traffic.|
|Fail2ban||Fail2Ban is an intrusion prevention software framework that protects computer servers from brute-force attacks.|
NoteCurrently, Linode does not manage software and systems updates for Marketplace Apps. It is up to the user to perform routine maintenance on software deployed in this fashion.
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