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Note: Both server and client should be updated to current A2OA stable 1.63.131129 or newer -- DO NOT USE BETA BUILDS, wait until A2/OA updates are pushed to the stable channel.

Note: Do not copy ArmA 2 addons directory/pbo files into the ArmA 2 OA/Expansion directory, instead load the ArmA 2 addons in a -mod flag (default directory EX) "-mod=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Arma 2;EXPANSION;ca"

Note: if you have copied your ArmA 2 addons into your ArmA2 OA/Expansion/Addons directory then you should uninstall ArmA 2 OA, completely delete your ArmA 2 OA Expansion folder, then reinstall

Basic Install Guide

  1. Install or update your Visual Studio Redistributable packages using the installers found in the included Visual Studio C++ Redistributables directory.

  2. Install or update [MySQL Server] on the server. Create a new MySQL database called dayz_epoch. Execute the epoch.sql file on the dayz_epoch database. Execute add_recommended_mysql_events.sql on the dayz_epoch database. Make sure the MySQL event scheduler is turned on.

  3. [Download] both client and server files and extract to the root Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead folder. Example: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead. On some Windows systems dll files may need to be unblocked. Right-click the file, click properties and click "Unblock".

  4. Move the DZE_Server_Config folder to the root of the drive (C:\ on most systems) or a similar location. For security, it is important this folder is located outside the arma2oaserver.exe folder and its sub-folders.

  5. Open HiveExt.ini and adjust the MySQL settings. Open the desired *_map.cfg in the same folder and change the admin password. Open BEServer.cfg in the BattlEye folder and change the RCon password.

  6. Launch the server with the desired *_map.bat file.

  7. It may be necessary to forward [these ports] in the server software and hardware firewalls.

  8. To run multiple servers on the same machine, create a copy of the DZE_Server_Config folder with a new name. Update the DZE_Server_Config folder name in *_map.bat. Use different port numbers in *_map.cfg and *_map.bat for each server. HiveExt.ini settings need to be changed if multiple databases are used.

Basic Upgrading Guide

  1. Perform steps 1-3 in the basic install guide above. Update the server's MPMission, dayz_server, BattlEye filters and HiveExt.dll.

  2. Connect to the MySQL server. Make a backup. Open the *_Updates.sql file and read the comments, especially at the bottom. Run the appropriate updates on the dayz_epoch database.

  3. Inside the server "Keys" folder remove any DayZ_Epoch*.bikey files from previous versions.

  4. Make sure you either start with a fresh dayz_server.pbo or you diffmerge your current one against the latest version! THIS WILL BREAK THINGS IF YOU DO NOT DO THIS STEP.

SECURITY ADVISORY

NOTE: The included DZE_Server_Config startup bats and files/folder structure is provided as an example only and should be configured to your needs, passwords NEED TO BE CHANGED, and profile/config folders should be placed outside your OA Directory NOTE: DO NOT FORGET TO CHANGE THE PASSWORD IN BEServer.cfg

  1. YOU SHOULD KEEP YOUR SERVER CONFIG/PROFILES DIRECTORY OUTSIDE YOUR ARMA 2/OA ROOT DIRECTORY SO IT CANNOT BE READ BY HACKERS/SCRIPTERS. THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW ARE FOR MODIFYING/MOVING EXISTING STARTUP PROCEDURES AND PROFILE DIRECTORIES

  2. In this example we will place our profiles directory in C:\DZE_Server_Config. Be sure to select the correct map .cfg for your server!

  3. Modify your startup.bat -BEpath -cfg -config -profiles startup flags to point to your new server config directory and files; an example is provided in step 4. You can gain additional security by appending random characters to your config file names and BE folder.

  4. "-profiles=C:\DZE_Server_Config" "-BEpath=C:\DZE_Server_Config\BattlEye" "-config=C:\DZE_Server_Config\11_chernarus.cfg" "-cfg=C:\DZE_Server_Config\basic.cfg"