Managing Player Access and Permissions

Managing player access and permissions on a CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) server is essential for maintaining a secure and enjoyable gaming environment. By implementing access controls and permissions, you can regulate player actions, prevent abuse, and ensure fair gameplay. This documentation will guide you through the process of managing player access and permissions on your CS:GO server.

Admin Access and Permissions #

Admins have elevated privileges on the server, allowing them to enforce rules, manage players, and perform administrative tasks. To grant admin access and assign permissions:

  1. Open the server.cfg file located in the csgo/cfg directory.
  2. Locate the admins_simple.ini file entry or create one if it doesn’t exist.
  3. Edit the admins_simple.ini file to specify admin access and permissions. Each line in the file represents an admin, and each entry follows the format: STEAMID FLAGS PASSWORD.
    • STEAMID: Replace with the Steam ID of the player (e.g., STEAM_0:0:12345678).
    • FLAGS: Assign permission flags to specify admin permissions. Common flags include:
      • b: Basic admin access with limited permissions.
      • a: Advanced admin access with additional permissions.
      • z: Root admin access with full control over the server.
    • PASSWORD: Set a password for the admin.
    Example entry: STEAM_0:0:12345678 z password123.
  4. Save the changes to the server.cfg file.

Admin Commands #

Admins can execute various commands to manage players, enforce rules, and administer the server. Some commonly used admin commands include:

  • kick: Kicks a player from the server. Example: kick player_name.
  • ban: Bans a player from the server. Example: ban player_name.
  • unban: Removes a player’s ban. Example: unban player_name.
  • mp_pause_match: Pauses the match temporarily. Example: mp_pause_match.
  • mp_unpause_match: Resumes the paused match. Example: mp_unpause_match.
  • mp_restartgame: Restarts the current game. Example: mp_restartgame.
  • mp_forcerespawn: Forces a player to respawn. Example: mp_forcerespawn player_name.

To execute these commands, admins can use the in-game console or remote administration tools such as HLSW or rcon. Use the rcon_password command in the server.cfg file to set the remote console password. Admins can then connect to the server console using the rcon tool and execute admin commands remotely.

Player Access Controls #

In addition to admin access, you can implement player access controls to regulate who can join and play on your server. Some methods to manage player access include:

  • Password Protection: Set a server password in the server.cfg file using the sv_password command. Players must enter the password to join the server.
  • Whitelisting: Create a whitelist of approved Steam IDs in the server.cfg file using the sv_allow_lobby_connect_only command. Only players on the whitelist can join the server.
  • Ban List: Use the banid or banid [minutes] command to ban players by their Steam ID or IP address. Banned players will be unable to join the server.

Implementing Access Controls #

To implement access controls and permissions, follow these steps:

  1. Open the server.cfg file located in the csgo/cfg directory.
  2. Locate the relevant commands (e.g., sv_password, sv_allow_lobby_connect_only, banid) and set the appropriate values according to your desired access controls.
  3. Save the changes to the server.cfg file.

Restart the CS:GO dedicated server for the changes to take effect.

By properly managing player access and permissions, you can create a secure and enjoyable environment on your CS:GO server. Regularly review and update your access controls to maintain server integrity and enforce fair gameplay.

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