I25 Server Setup

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Server Setup From Scratch

i25 Configuration Files

Setup Local Server

1. Install SQL Server 2017 Express Edition
2. Choose Basic when installing and when given the option choose to install SSMS(SQL Server Manager Suite).
3. Move your i25 Binaries to C:\CoH
4. Navigate to C:\CoH\data\server\db
5. Open up auction_server.cfg(I25_auction_server.cfg), account_server.cfg(I25_account_server.cfg), chat_server.cfg(I25_chat_server.cfg), and servers.cfg(I25_Server.cfg).
You can change the password to whatever you would like. For this example I will be just using "YOURL33TPASS!".
You will see something like this.
SqlLogin "DRIVER={SQL Server Native Client 11.0};Server=NS319069\SCORE;Uid=sa;Pwd=FinallyFree!;"
Change this to
SqlLogin "DRIVER={SQL Server Native Client 11.0};Server=localhost\SQLEXPRESS;Uid=sa;Pwd=YOURL33TPASS!;"
While you have servers.cfg and auction_server.cfg open. Change all the ips to 127.0.0.1.
6. Extract the dbschema.rar found in C:\CoH\dbschema.rar.
7. Open up SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS which you installed in the first step). Hit Connect on the screen that pops up to and connect with windows authentication.
SQL Connect.png
8. We need to enable the sa login so that server can login to the database.
If you look to the left panel you will see the object explorer and your connection. Right click it and select properties.
SQL Properties.png
When this window comes up hit Security to the left and enable "sql server and windows authentication". Then click ok.
SQL Security.png
In the same panel you used before navigate to Security -> Logins then right click and enter properties the sa user.
SA Properties.png
In this window set the password to the same password you set back at step 4
Login Props.png
Choose Status from the left panel in this same window and set login to enabled and hit ok.
Login Status.png
Right click the connection in the object explorer again and click Restart.
SQL Restart.png
9. Click File, Select Open, navigate back to C:\CoH, open the dbschema folder, and select cohauc.sql in SQL Server Management Studio.
SSMS File Open.png
SSMS Open DBSchema.png
You will see these 2 lines at the top of the file opened
SSMS DBSchema SQL SRV STR.png
  • ( NAME = N'cohauc', FILENAME = N'C:\mssql\MSSQL11.SCORE\MSSQL\DATA\cohauc.mdf' , SIZE = 157440KB , MAXSIZE = UNLIMITED, FILEGROWTH = 1024KB )
  • ( NAME = N'cohauc_log', FILENAME = N'C:\mssql\MSSQL11.SCORE\MSSQL\DATA\cohauc_log.ldf' , SIZE = 353216KB , MAXSIZE = 2048GB , FILEGROWTH = 10%)
10. What you want to do is set the first part of these directory listings to where your SQL Server is located for example, I set my to D:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL14.SQLEXPRESS\MSSQL because that is where my SQL Server is. So my would become:
SSMS DBSchema SQL SRV STR CORRECT.png
  • ( NAME = N'cohauc', FILENAME = N'D:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL14.SQLEXPRESS\MSSQL\DATA\cohauc.mdf' , SIZE = 157440KB , MAXSIZE = UNLIMITED, FILEGROWTH = 1024KB )
  • ( NAME = N'cohauc_log', FILENAME = N'D:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL14.SQLEXPRESS\MSSQL\DATA\cohauc_log.ldf' , SIZE = 353216KB , MAXSIZE = 2048GB , FILEGROWTH = 10%)
11. Once done click the Execute button. And do this again for both the cohauth and cohchat.
SSMS Execute.png
12. Open up ODBC Data Sources (32-bit).
  • Type 'ODBC' in Windows search, or run directly from C:\Windows\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe
  • Do NOT use 64-bit!
  • Click File DSN then click add to the right.
    ODBC File DSN.png
  • Choose ODBC Driver 17 for SQL Server. Click Next.
    ODBC Add Auth 1.png
  • Enter AuthDB into the box and hit next then finish.
    ODBC Add Auth 2.png
  • It will then say something like ‘Which SQL Server would you like to connect to?’
    • Type localhost\SQLEXPRESS and hit next.
      ODBC Add Auth 3.png
  • Choose with SQL Auth enter sa into username and the password you use previously.
    ODBC Add Auth 4.png
  • Tick choose change default database to and select cohauth and hit next.
    ODBC Add Auth 5.png
    ODBC Add Auth 6.png
  • After this hit finish then ‘Test Data source’ this will test the auth database connection to your main database if it successful congrats :D
    ODBC Add Auth 7.png
    ODBC Add Auth 8.png
13. Once you have done that you can now start up your server. Navigate back to C:\CoH and create a bat file to start your server.
@echo off
echo Starting Auth Server
START C:\coh\bin\authserver.exe
TIMEOUT 2
echo Starting DB Server
START C:\coh\bin\dbserver.exe -zonelaunchers 1
TIMEOUT 2
echo Starting Launcher Server
START C:\coh\bin\launcher64.exe -noversioncheck
TIMEOUT 2
echo Everything should be launched! Go enjoy COH.
TIMEOUT 10
14. Go to your City of Heroes folder and make a shortcut of score.exe.
  • Add the string below to the shortcut if playing locally on the hosting machine.
    score.exe -patchdir score -patchversion 2019.04.19 -auth 127.0.0.1 -noversioncheck -console
  • Add the string below to the shortcut if playing over the network. Note you'll need the hosting machines IP for this. (CMD -> IPConfig)
    score.exe -patchdir score -patchversion 2019.04.19 -auth <HOSTIPADDRESS> -noversioncheck -console
15. Login and Enjoy!

Port Forwards

TCP Ports
Port 11228
UDP Ports
Ports 18717 through 18917

Setup Internet Facing Server

Patching the DBServer allows it to return the correct IP address for MapServers to the client.
dbserver.exe needs to be patched to read its external IP from a config file, a patched version can be downloaded from here or from the following magnet link
dbserver nat fix.zip
dbserver.exe [MD5] c66842d15bc94f6b6b2a282331c01e3f   |   dbserver.exe [SHA1] 9ba7c9774de2f75cd72efb604c44c3a86cbd24eb
From SQL Sever Manager Studio(SSMS) run the query below.
INSERT INTO cohauth.dbo.server (id, name, ip, inner_ip, ageLimit, pk_flag, server_group_id) VALUES (1, 'ShardName', 'Public IP', '127.0.0.1', 0, 0, 1);
Replace the existing dbserver.exe with the patched one and add the RouteIp line to servers.cfg with your server's public IP.
RouteIp YOURPUBLICIPADDRESS

Patched AuthServer

This is a an optional step and shouldn't be required to get online play going. It can be skipped and returned to if actually needed. In 98% of cases it will not be needed.
Patched AuthServer
For use alongside the patched dbserver, reads first RouteIp in servers.cfg as externalIP and second RouteIp in servers.cfg as internal IP, rather than from cohauth
Patched authserver
MD5: kuF0O1e/K3iT6tcXKA0xmQ== | SHA1: +7IdIglCD1EEM9xNcZUyYRuZ9Ec= | SHA256: 7A370DAB25CBEA30A0BCA3333F6BBD971315604E98218B71BEDCC2F415918285
Example configuration:
// First RouteIP is External (WAN) IP
RouteIp 123.123.123.123
// Second RouteIP is Internal (LAN) IP
RouteIp 192.168.0.0

// Uncomment the following line to use IPs from cohauth
//AuthDBIP 1

Setup TurnstileServer

Making the changes below will put your server into "production" mode. This will require things like mission_server.cfg to be created.
  • This can be avoided by deleting texts.pigg from the server's piggs\ directory
First make sure your turnstile_server.cfg is correct. Below you'll find an example.
Example turnstile_server.cfg
DbServer LAN WAN 7000 ShardName ShardID ShardAuthID
DbServer 127.0.0.1 127.0.0.1 7000 Paragon 1 1
Example mission_server.cfg
Shard NAME WAN REGION
Shard Paragon 127.0.0.1 1
Next copy the "piggs" folder from your client to the server directory(C:\CoH\piggs)
At this point you should be able to run turnstileserver.exe.
As I mentioned earlier in the guide you'll likely run into new issues with these changes. Like needing mission_server.cfg, -noreserved on chatserver, and a few other minor edits.
Putting the server into production mode will also change the version to 2400.201208211101.1. Your clients will need to update their connect parameter.
-patchdir score -patchversion 2400.201208211101.1 -auth VMIPGOESHERE -console

Setup QueueServer

Queueserver may cause client disconnects and crashes on server selection, these issues are being looked into.
Add the following line as a new Server in I25 loadBalanceShardSpecific.cfg, where LANIP is the local network IP of the dbserver
Command "queueserver.exe -db LANIP"
Additionally, add or change the following lines in I25 Servers.cfg, where MaxPlayers is the number of logged in accounts you want to allow
UseQueueServer 1
MaxPlayers 100
Finally, WaitingUserLimit in etc\config.txt controls the maximum number of players to allow into the queue
WaitingUserLimit = 100