Yesterday I abruptly decided to install Gmod again after a prolonged period of absence (last time I played was 2011 I think, when I also seemed to have lost my original FP forums account :P). With a lot of spare time, I thought I would also try to get a dedicated server up on a dedicated server which untill then was doing not much else than running a few personal website things.
I used to host a sandbox server in 2007 for a bit, and had quite an active server untill I had to close it due to me being a very poor 15 year old dude. Part of my reasoning to try to get a server again was however fond times I remember from those days.
My plan with it is to run a relatively vanilla sandbox (or a build gamemode like Spacebuild if that is still around) with some extra stuff like Wiremod and the likes (of which I completly forgot how it works), and to close it down at times for a private session with friends who like Prop Hunt.
Now to get more to the point before everybody starts doing TL:DR on me, I would like to ask about crucial nessecities to keep the server alive.
I currently run Vermilion administration, it seems to be a comprehensive administration panel for the server. I tried ULX but it did not seem to have the tools to refuse Mingebags (is that term still in use?) weapons they so fondly use. However, I don’t seem to be able to have a MOTD now, is there anything to supplement that?
I also have Wire and Sprops.
Is there anything else I can add for both easier managing of the server and valuable assests for building (and no, I don’t mean the 1 million weaponsmods around).
A quick look on these forums gave me the impression there are alot of scriptkiddies around with a tendancy to abuse security holes with their 5 euro ‘haxscripts’. What steps must I take to ensure the server is as safe as possible against ‘hax0rs’? My administration panel gives me a warning that I have client upload enabled, but I do not know what to do with that message. However, having clients uploading things to the server does not sound right… I only followed the guide to set a dedicated server on Linux (Debian) but it did not touch this part at all.
Thanks in advance!