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Server Admin


1 Remote Control (RCON)

"RCON" is short for remote control; it allows you to make changes to the server and gives you access to administrative commands when you're connected to a remote server. To use the RCON, you first need to enter the password by typing:

/rconpassword yourpassword

After you have enter the RCON password you can access all the RCON capabilities, by typing:

/rcon command

RCON Commands

These commands allow individuals to remotely administer a server. Their use is based on having the RCON password. These commands are to be used in the console.


There are two ways to do this. The first is to kick them using their player name:

/rcon kick playername

The second is to use their user number on the server:

/rcon status (this is to get a list of players and their user numbers)
/rcon clientkick usernumber

Restart Server

While you can't actually restart the server, you can reload the server.cfg, which amounts to about the same thing.

/rcon exec server.cfg

Ban an IP

The first thing that you have to do before banning anyone is to add this line to the server.cfg file:

set filterBan 1

Now you can add an IP to the ban list by typing at the console:

/rcon addIP ip_address (you can also use IP masks)

To remove an IP from the list:

/rcon removeIP ip_address

To list the IPs currently banned use the banlist.txt file.

2 Referees

Referees are a feature that has been added to help server admins manage their servers. The referee is like a less powerful version of RCON: you can set a password and give it out to trusted players. Unlike RCON, the referee has limited control over how they can affect the server. It gives them the ability to do things like mute annoying players, kick them and even ban them from the server for up to 3 hours. All referee commands start with the ref command. The basic referee command looks something like this:

ref {refcommand} {parameters} ...

Referee commands can only be used by a client who has logged on as a referee using the reflogin command with a valid password. If a password has not been set, or if the server has disabled the referee function, no one will be able to login as a referee.

Enabling Referees

To enable a referee, a server admin first needs to set the referee password:

/g_refpass "password"

Then set whether the referee can ban people:

/g_refNoBan 0 (to give them ban power)
/g_refNoBan 1 (to stop them from banning players)

Finally enable referees:

/g_referee 1

Be very careful with allowing referees to ban players on your server, unless you can trust them to use the power responsibly. Otherwise, you might find angry players boycotting your server!

Log on as Referee

To login as a referee you need to ask the server administrator for the referee password. Once you have it, you can login by pulling down the Quake III console and typing:

/reflogin "password"

If you enter the password correctly and the server is set up to allow referees, then you will receive a message telling you that you have successfully logged in. Once logged in you can use all the referee commands. These commands and their effects are listed below.

Referee commands

Command UsageDescription
Kickref kick player reason Kicks a player from the server but does not ban them. You can enter either a player name or a client number (use the status command to see client numbers), so you can either do: /ref kick playername or /ref kick 5. You can also give an optional reason that the player was banned.
Muteref mute player seconds Mutes a player for some number of seconds. Useful to shut up trolls. The player can be either a player name or a client number.
Forceteamblue|spectator|free Forces a player onto a team or into spectator mode. The player can be either a player name or a client number. Use "free" as the team name to ask the server to place them onto the team with the least players.
Banref ban player minutes Bans a player from the server. After using this on a player, the player cannot rejoin the server for a specified number of minutes. The player can be either a player name or a client number. Using this command, a referee can ban a player for up to 3 hours (180 minutes).
Resignref resignUse this to make yourself a normal player again. You are also automatically stripped of your referee rights if you disconnect from the server.
Help ref help Prints out brief information about ref commands and what they do.
By FrozenSand  -  Friday, 10 June 2011  -  viewed by 4793 members and 74288 visitors


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