Administering Multiple or Remote Servers

 
If you are responsible for the administration of a Unix world server, or multiple Outerworlds Servers running under Windows and/or Unix, you can control all of them from a single installation of the Administration Tool. You can even control world servers running in different universes from the same tool.

Local vs. Remote servers

A "local" world server is one that is running on the same machine as the admnistration tool. Local servers are identified with the host name "localhost" in the server connection settings. By default, on startup the administration tool connects to the local server running on port 7777.

A "remote" world server is one that is running on a different machine from the administration tool. If you are running one or more world servers under Unix, all of your world servers will be remote, since the Administration Tool is only available as a Windows program.

For security, remote servers require a password in order to be administered. The administration mode password for a world server is set in the server's world.ini file:

[server]
password=myadminpw

Note that in order to accept administration mode connections from other hosts, a password must be set in the world.ini file. If no administration mode password is set, the world server will only accept administration mode connections from the local host.

Setting up to administer a server

As mentioned above, by default the administration tool connects to the local server running port 7777. If you want to adminster a server running on a remote host, or a local server running on a different port, you will need to add the new server information to the administration tool. To add a new server, select Edit... from the Server menu:

The Name field can be anything you want - it is for your own reference so you can tell one server from another. The administration tool knows you are adding a new server if you enter a new value for the Name and press OK.

The Host is the domain name or IP address of the machine hosting the world server. It can also be set to "localhost" to indicate a server running on the same machine as the administration tool.

The Port number is the port the server is running on. World servers run on port 7777 by default, and are usually only running on other ports if more than one world server is running on the same machine.

The Password is the remote administration password for this server (as set in the server's world.ini file.) This field is required for all non-localhost servers.

Once you have entered all the required fields, press OK to add this server to the adminstration tool's list of servers. Once a server has been added, it is accessible from Connect menu under the Server menu. To administer a particular server, simply select the name of that server from the Connect menu. The administration tool will disconnect from the current server and attempt to connect to the new one.