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Published Date: 6/28/2020
Review: I have used other ARK server hosting sites and I can say this has been the least user friendly. Not only that, but there isn't a solid save function so whenever you shut down your server to make changes it will go back to whenever it last auto saved... which could be up to an hour before. Once you add mods the only way to edit the server after that is by using the text editor (or this site will overwrite all the mod text and you'll have to re-add all the mods every time) so the only slightly helpful interface that comes with this hosting site becomes worthless. I am capable of googling and figuring this all out eventually, but it took longer than I would have liked to get the server the way I wanted and the price wasn't really a huge steal for the added difficulty.
Published Date: 6/27/2020
Review: I want to start off saying that they did not ask me to leave a review, I asked them because of how good my experience has been so far. There were some initial issues with set-up and I was doubtful at first, but very quickly realised that I am in good hands. The customer support is the best I've ever found, their pricing options are the best I've seen, and everything is running smoothly. I literally got everything I wanted, and I will recommend AGS to anyone looking for a server in the future. To the staff that helped get my server running, I'd like to thank Leroy, James, and Rylan for their patience, speed and efficiency. You knocked it out of the pARK.
Published Date: 6/18/2020
Review: Got not 5 stars because server is verry slow to start up, and server is verry laggy, but support is verry fast, but im sorry i want to get refund, server is not enougt good for me. +Support is verry verry good. - Server is not good for me.
Published Date: 6/5/2020
Review: Great hosting company! They instantly respond to questions and are very helpful! 5 stars easily!
Published Date: 6/4/2020
Review: When I first began using AGS Hosting services, I really didn't have any idea what the game hosting looks like and I was very unfamiliar with server panels and all that. I simply wanted to try it out as the service fee was very cheap and that didn't take a bite off me. So I ordered a game server host from them and to my surprise, everything was extremely simple and easy to manage. For a layman like me - you couldn't ask for more because you have the perfect panel from which you can control your gaming server, use the FTP and even install/de-install modules without leaving the panel itself - all in one place! I could say almost 24 HOUR customer support has helped me with fast and helpful responses whenever I had an issue. I remember a moment when I had only been their client for a few months and there were some problems with the server connection. At that moment, there were definitely a lot of customers who were sending in tickets and I didn't expect them to reply me by the time I would have wanted, but INSTEAD I got the reply to my worries like in 10 minutes which I call an extremely fast customer support. I have written to them day and night, asking for support with things which should be logical but they NEVER told me off but gave me the very best help they could. Jerry K, John Knight, Rylan Parsons and James Richards - These guys are definitely drowned in work but they still come to your aid no matter how hilarious or difficult the issue is. Would I recommend them? - If you are interested in professional service, positive and always supportive customer support, cheap prices then it is difficult to find a competitor in this field. Keep up the good work guys!
Published Date: 5/15/2020
Review: Everybody expects tech support to be bad on these kind of servers, but that's not the case here. James Richards and John Knight have both been a tremendous help. The average response time is five minutes. That's unheard of. Also, my problem is listened too, not just shluffed off. Action is taken. I'm sticking around.
Published Date: 5/10/2020
Review: Simon was of fantastic assistance helping me restore my server that I incorrectly cancelled. Was able to get the old save files transfered to a new server and everything was working as it was before.
Published Date: 5/10/2020
Review: I have been with AGS for a couple of months now and couldn't be happier. Their support has made the difference with other companies in my experience. James Richards, a lead support tech, makes sure to clarify what I need if there is any ambiguity, minimizes down time as much as possible, and promptly responds after changes have been made. For those of us that just like to play games and not know the technical server part for a game, it's people like James that reassure that our server and game progress are in good hands.
Published Date: 5/2/2020
Review: James Richards currently helped me fix my server and the man has been more then a help! Y'all have excellent customer service and excellent service. I'll tell others about these services.
Published Date: 4/11/2020
Review: I had some issues with getting any help with my ticket. But when James replied to my ticket he helped me figure out what the problem was and fixed it fast. Sorry to say he helped me more then any other Customer Server agent did. I wish there were more like James out there. Thank you again, James, hope this helps you out. :) Stay safe everyone
Published Date: 3/29/2020
Review: To whom it may concern, James Richards helped me immensely as he has always done every time I have needed support in regards to the services I have in regards to Ark: Survival Evolved. Today, again, as he usually does, James Richards went far and beyond to help me with a start error I was having with one of our game servers. James was kind, attentive, and made sure I knew step by step what I needed to do on my end so that he can further assist me and he did it with due respect and diligence. This shows his professionalism, as well as his attention to detail, especially when it comes to customer service. He is a great part of your team, and every time he handles my issues I know that they're being handled appropriately. Thank you!
Published Date: 3/14/2020
Review: The customer service has been excellent. They've helped me solved all the issues I created with my lack of experience.
Published Date: 2/28/2020
Review: I have had a fair share of Ark: Survival Evolved server hosts. AGS has been absolutely fantastic with amazing support and reliable service. This is a provider that I am very thankful for everything they do. Between the constant support and reliable service, they’ve helped give me more insight on how to successfully operate my server. Speaking with their support team is less of a feeling as if you need to be professional, but rather they’re very friendly and are very open with discussing any issues on hand. They even hooked up a cluster for me. If you’re searching for a new provider, AGS is the way to go.
Published Date: 2/21/2020
Review: Excellent service and support! I’ve been hosting ARK servers for several years and AGS is by far the best provider that I’ve used. Thank you for your fast and friendly service!
Published Date: 1/9/2020
Review: even with the hiccups ive hit with the service support is always quick to help, most other services ive used would take 10+ hours to respond AGS responds within a few hours sometimes even sooner. great service, great hardware great experience, my only suggestion is i wish we could run 2 grids off 1 server for atlas but thats just my opinion.
Published Date: 12/11/2019
Review: Honestly the support team is amazing, The machines are great to run off of, the guides are pretty good but thats the only thing they would even need improvement on, and thats not really saying much because they do explain it pretty well as is
Published Date: 12/3/2019
Review: I chose AGS Hosting to be my first try at a private ARK Server for my and my family. Setting up was easy after a bit of help and the control panel is great for someone who gets lost alot.. Very pleased with my purchase, no regrets! AND the customer service team is the best I've ever been in contact with! So extremely helpful and with quick replies makes you really feel like you are taken care of. They deserve more stars than I am able to give here.. Really.
In this guide you will learn all the details and the requirements needed to create an ARK: Survival Evolved dedicated server on your home computer, VPS or Dedicated Server, either you use Windows or Linux, you will be able to create an ARK dedicated server by following this guide carefully through all the illustrated steps and written instructions.
We cover all the network configuration to help set up your internet router/firewall in order to make your server visible on the servers listing, we will also give you instructions on how to connect to your server and play on it.
This guide also covers everything required to manage your server after creation. You will learn on how to install Steam Workshop Mods and add them to your server, how to update them, how to, modify your server settings from the basic ones like changing the server name, adding a password on the server til the more advanced ones like changing in-game multipliers, XP levels and more.
Sooner or later you will need or want to try out the admin commands and we have got you covered, you can learn how to use admin commands to for spawning dinos, turn god mode on or just fly around, ARK does have a lot of admin commands and we give you the full list of them.
If you are outside of your server and you still want to manage your players, send admin messages or just check whos playing, you can do that using an RCON tool, we will give you full training on how to connect to your server RCON and execute commands on it.
If you have any issues you can search in our troubleshooting section for a possible fix or solution, we cover most important and recurring issues on an ARK dedicated server, you will also want to learn on how to update your server when it’s needed like the Steam Workshop mods when an update it’s released.
We give you some extras also, you will like to have a system to auto restart your server every XXX hours, and backup your world now and ever just to be safe and secure about all the hours you lost grinding in-game.
You can find some external links for more content, ARK hub has a very active community happy to help you in your questions, and official wiki also gives all the details from A to Z about ARK and how to play it.
Please read and follow all the steps carefully one by one, and you will be able to accomplish all the tasks mentioned in this guide without any issue.
(2.1) Prerequisites - Hardware
You will need at least 4GB to 6GB memory RAM minimum, a vanilla ARK dedicated server without any players take around that amount of memory, the maximum memory recommend it’s based on the number of players you will have, the number and type of mods you use and how much you boost and adjust your server settings. We also recommend having a CPU clock at with at last 3.2Ghz for optimal performance, below you can find a table with estimated values on the hardware requires Vs server setup.
SERVER WITHOUT MODS
SERVER WITH MODS
10 - 30
3.0Ghz - 4/6GB
3.0Ghz - 6/8GB
30 - 60
3.0Ghz - 6/8GB
3.2Ghz - 8/10GB
60 - 90
3.2/3.4Ghz - 8/10GB
3.6/3.8Ghz - 10/12GB
4.0Ghz - 12GB
4.0+Ghz - 12+GB
Results are estimated values tested under normal conditions on Windows Server 2012/2016, values may vary between different hardware specifications, O.S. or Linux distributions.
(2.2) Prerequisites - Hardware
To create and manage your ARK dedicated server you will need to download and install certain dependencies for ARK server be able to run, you will also have to download and install some third-party tools in order to easy create and deploy your server. There are some optional applications and tools to help you on this task, find below a list of all required and optional applications and tools and choose the ones you will need and suit better for yourself.
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(3.1) Windows server - Create server using Steam Client
In this section, you will learn how to easily create an ARK server using Steam client. Download and install Steam client from the (2.b)Prerequisites - Hardware section, once you have it installed on your computer, log in with your steam account or create a new one.
If you follow the steps below one by one carefully and you will have an ARK dedicated server created and working soon you get into the last step.
In your Steam Library, search for ARK: Survival Evolved Dedicated Server under Tools section.
Run the ARK: Survival Evolved Dedicated Server and select which map you want to start the server with one first time to generate all map files.
The server will take a few minutes to fully start depending on your machine hardware, once the server it’s fully started and map files generated you will see a window exaclty like this.
Close the server window to adjust the server name and any other game settings. Right-click on ARK: Survival Evolved Dedicated Server tool, select Properties, inside change to Local Files tab and press the Browse Local Files button.
It will open a Windows Explorer and you will see the root folder/file structure of your server (1) navigate on the folders until you get into this folder: ShooterGame\Saved\Config\WindowsServer\ inside you will see the configuration files (2) edit the GameUserSettings.ini one with your Notepad.
Once you have GameUserSettings.ini file open, scroll down to the bottom and change then SessionName and MaxPlayer as a test, you can do it like the example image below, in the end, close Notepad and Save the file.
Return to your steam, launch the ARK: Survival Evolved Dedicated Server tool with the map desired (STEP 2) wait for the server to fully start (STEP 3) then open your Steam, go to menu View > Servers, and change to Favourites tab, add your server exactly like the image below.
Open ARK game on your Steam, go to Join ARK menu, on the bottom change the Session Filter to Favourites, your server will show up, just double click it to join it. Head over to (5) Firewall and port forwarding section to make your server visible to the public internet.