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What I would do is setup the tower so it plays with the best possible performance. As nobody will be playing on it you can pull all the graphics down to their minimums. I'd set it up with a password initially until you can create a small central base with a bed where the main character will respawn and then make it player proof (dbl steel walls and off the ground).
Dedicated servers sound pretty great, right? They are. That said, you should be aware of their relatively high prices. Setting up shop on a dedicated server will likely cost you more than $100 per month; shared servers, on the other hand, are far less expensive. The cheapest web hosting services will lease you space on the web for well under $10 per month. In addition, you'll need to handle firewalls and maintenance yourself unless you opt for a managed server, which costs even more.
A common pitfall for new communities looking to host their own Squad servers are the use of Game Server Providers (GSPs), services that specifically offer Squad servers (Usually priced by the slot). While these companies provide automated setup or control panels with basic functions, they all suffer from the same universal issues, and at this point are considered a defacto ripoff. In a nutshell, they don't use the proper hardware for Squad, don't responsibly balance server loads, and deflect their poor performance onto several other factors before they'll address the root issues, simply because it's not profitable to do so. Instead, most existing community admins suggest that players looking to host their own Squad servers use dedicated hosting, where a computer is rented out itself for the "dedicated" purpose of hosting Squad. There's a few extra hoops to jump through to get a licensed dedicated server set up, but the end result is a quality performing server that isn't a complete ripoff.
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Lastly, what kind of support does the hosting provider give to the customer? Customer support should be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, especially if you are running an online business or a game that supports multiple users. You will want a hosting provider that makes it easy to get in touch should something go wrong or you want to upgrade before something does go wrong.
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Availability, price and employee familiarity often determines which operating systems are offered on dedicated servers. Variations of Linux and Unix (open source operating systems) are often included at no charge to the customer. Commercial operating systems include Microsoft Windows Server, provided through a special program called Microsoft SPLA. Red Hat Enterprise is a commercial version of Linux offered to hosting providers on a monthly fee basis. The monthly fee provides OS updates through the Red Hat Network using an application called Yum. Other operating systems are available from the open source community at no charge. These include CentOS, Fedora Core, Debian, and many other Linux distributions or BSD systems FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD.
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