Windows Install Guide

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Windows Install Guide[edit | edit source]


This guide is written on the basis that you have read every article above this in the wiki and have installed SteamCMD on your server already, for more information & links to SteamCMD see the Server Resources page.

DO NOT use your personal Steam account. Create a seperate account for your dedicated server.

Installing the standard Steam client onto a dedicated server is NOT RECOMMENDED due to the extra resources it uses.


 Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2013 installed on your system prior to going any further -
SteamCMD installed on your system.

Required Files:

 Epoch Server files -
Epoch Client files -

Optional Files:

 Bornholm v1.3 see the Server Files section.
AIATP (Chernarus) see the Server Files section.

Arma 3 Epoch Server Install Guide:

  • Create an installation directory for your Arma 3 Server installation:
 Example:  C:\Arma3Server\
 (I will use this directory throughout this guide)
  • Install Arma3 with SteamCMD:
 Start SteamCMD with the following commandline options:
 steamcmd.exe +login <USERNAME> <PASSWORD> +force_install_dir "C:\Arma3Server" +app_update 233780 validate +quit
 Replace <USERNAME> & <PASSWORD> with your dedicated server's Steam account credentials.
 Wait for SteamCMD to complete it's download and validation of your installation.
  • Install Epoch Client Files:
 Extract the files from the to your Arma3 Server directory > C:\Arma3Server\
 (The filename will vary depending on the version released, but it will always begin with Epoch_Client* )
  • Install Epoch Server Files:
 Extract the files from the to your Arma3 Server directory > C:\Arma3Server\
 (The filename will vary depending on the version released, but it will always begin with Epoch_Server* )
  • Setup your Database:
 Open the C:\Arma3Server\DB folder and find the "redis.conf" file
 Edit this file - change ONLY the text after 'requirepass' (This will be your RedisDB password)
 Run the "start-redis.cmd" file
 Your database is now running - The Epoch Server will automatically generate the Database Tables it requires when you start your server :)
  • Setup EpochServer.ini:
 Open the C:\Arma3Server\@EpochHive folder.
 Edit the "EpochServer.ini" file.
 BattlEyePath = C:\Arma3Server\SC\BattlEye  //Path to your Battleye filters folder
 InstanceID = NA123  // Epoch server Instance ID (used to keep server data seperate on the same database).
 LogAbuse = 1 // Logs potential database abuse 1 = simple logs 2 = verbose.
 IP = // IP address to connect to Rcon generally the external IP of your server - Change this to your server's EXTERNAL IP address.
 Port = 2302 // Gameport your Arma 3 server will be running on  - 2302 is the default port
 Password = changeme // Battleye rcon password - This is also set in the config.cfg file for your server - these need to match.
 IP =  // Redis Server IP address.
 Port = 6379  // Redis Server Port.
 DB = 0  // Database ID of Redis.
 Password = foobared  // The password you set in the redis.conf file
 Logging = 0 // 1 = Logging of SteamAPI
 Key = // Requires SteamAPI key to enable feature
 VACBanned = 0 // 1 = Ban a Vac banned user
 VACMinimumNumberOfBans = 0 // Minimum number of bans before action is taken
 VACMaximumDaysSinceLastBan = 0 // Max days since last ban
 PlayerAllowOlderThan = 0 // In days, This will ban players with account if newer than days set.
  • Setup Arma 3 Server config.cfg file:
 Open the C:\Arma3Server\SC\ folder.
 Edit the config.cfg file.
 For the most part the file is self explanitory when you open it, but you will have to do some editing here.
 Change the following lines:
 hostname = " (|1.44) ID02 YourHost";  
 Edit the text inside the inverted commas "" to your liking - Keep the version numbers: the first relates to the mod version, the second is the version of Arma3 you are running.
 passwordAdmin = "!CHANGE_THIS_PASSWORD";
 Change the text inside the inverted commas "" to the same password you set in the [EpochServer] section in the EpochServer.ini file, this is your RCON password.
 serverCommandPassword = "!CHANGE_THIS_PASSWORD";
 Change the text inside the inverted commas "" to a different password from your RCON password - this allows access to the serverCommand features of the Arma 3 server engine.
 template = epoch.Altis; - You can change this to the supported map of your choice, Altis is the default, other options are: epoch.Stratis, epoch.Bornholm, epoch.Chernarus
NB: Bornholm requires the Bornholm v1.3 files, Chernarus requires the AIATP files You can find download links to these in the Server Files section.

  • Setup BEServer.cfg file:
 Open the C:\Arma3Server\SC\Battleye\ folder.
 Edit the "example-BEServer.cfg" file.
 Edit the text after RConPassword to the same passwordAdmin password you specified in the config.cfg file.
 Save this file in the same location as "BEserver.cfg"
 Nearly done ;)
  • Server Startup Batch File:
 There are a whole range of options available to run your server, I won't delve into them here but you can find more information about different methods in the Server Install Help Forum.  
 For purposes of this Guide I will be using simple Batch files. ;)
 Open your C:\Arma3Server\ folder.
 Create a new blank TXT document, name it something along the lines of "Arma3EpochServer.bat"  - The filetype will change to a batch.
 Right click on the "Arma3EpochServer.bat" and select Edit.
 Copy the below into this file:
 @echo off
 start "arma3" /min "C:\Arma3Server\arma3server.exe" [email protected];@EpochHive; -config=C:\Arma3Server\SC\config.cfg -ip= -port=2302 -profiles=SC -cfg=C:\Arma3Server\SC\basic.cfg -name=SC
 NB: For Bornholm change the -mod parameter to: [email protected];@EpochHive;@Bornholm; | For Chernarus change the -mod parameter to: [email protected];@EpochHive;@AllInArmaTerrainPack;
 Change the "-ip=" to your server's EXTERNAL IP address.
 Save the file.
  • Pre-flight checks:
 Open the C:\Arma3Server\ folder.
 Right-click the "pcre3.dll" file and select properties.
 If there is an "Unblock" button, press it. - Windows Server automatically blocks unknown DLL's for security reasons, this simply unblocks it to allow it to run.
 (This library is for Database security)
 Open the C:\Arma3Server\@EpochHive\ folder.
 Right-click the "EpochServer.dll" file and select properties.
 If there is an "Unblock" button, press it.
 (This is the library that lets Epoch connect to the game<>database)
  • Launch your Arma 3 Epoch Server:
 Double Click the "Arma3EpochServer.bat" batch file you created in C:\Arma3Server\.
 Enjoy :)