How Do I Setup a TBC Private Server?


Angela Bailey

Welcome to this comprehensive tutorial on how to set up a TBC Private Server! In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of creating your own private server for The Burning Crusade expansion of World of Warcraft.

Before You Begin

Before diving into the setup process, there are a few things you need to have in place:

  • A dedicated server or hosting provider
  • The TBC game client
  • Access to the internet
  • Patient and determined mindset

Step 1: Setting Up the Server

The first step is to set up your dedicated server or hosting provider. Make sure it meets the minimum system requirements for running a TBC Private Server smoothly.

System Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB or more
  • Storage: SSD with at least 50GB of free space
  • Operating System: Linux (preferred) or Windows Server

If you already have a suitable server, skip to Step 2. Otherwise, sign up for a hosting provider that offers dedicated servers specifically tailored for gaming purposes.

Step 2: Installing and Configuring the Database Server

To run a TBC Private Server, you need a database server. We recommend using MySQL as it is widely supported and compatible with most private server cores.

To install MySQL on Linux:

  1. Login to your server via SSH
  2. Update the package list: sudo apt update
  3. Install MySQL Server: sudo apt install mysql-server
  4. Configure MySQL: sudo mysql_secure_installation
  5. Create a new database and user for your TBC server

To install MySQL on Windows:

  1. Download the MySQL installer from the official website
  2. Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions
  3. Create a new database and user for your TBC server using the MySQL Workbench or command-line interface (CLI)

Step 3: Downloading and Extracting the TBC Server Core

In this step, we will download and extract the TBC server core, which is responsible for emulating World of Warcraft’s server-side functionality.

To download and extract the TBC server core:

  1. Visit a reputable website or forum to find a reliable TBC server core.
  2. Download the core files to your local computer.
  3. Connect to your dedicated server using an FTP client like FileZilla.
  4. Navigate to the directory where you want to store your TBC server files.
    • Note: It is recommended to create a separate folder for organization purposes.

    Step 4: Configuring Server Settings

    Edit Configuration Files:

    1. Navigate to the extracted TBC server core folder on your dedicated server.
    2. Locate the configuration files, typically named authserver.conf and worldserver.conf.
    3. Edit these files using a text editor to match your server settings, such as IP address, database credentials, and server name.

    Step 5: Starting the TBC Private Server

    Launch the Server:

    1. Open a terminal or command prompt on your dedicated server.
    2. Navigate to the directory where you extracted the TBC server core files.
    3. Start the authentication server by running: ./authserver
    4. In a separate terminal or command prompt window, start the world server by running: ./worldserver

    Congratulations! You have successfully set up your own TBC Private Server. Now it’s time to invite your friends and start exploring The Burning Crusade together!

    I hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through the process of setting up a TBC Private Server. Enjoy your gaming experience and happy adventures!

    Note: Running a private server may be against World of Warcraft’s terms of service. Make sure to use it for personal use only and respect Blizzard’s intellectual property rights.

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