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    [GUIDE] How to set up Ascent (Windows)

    Hi, I've tried to write a guide that describes the Ascent setup procedure from start to end, I hope you enjoy it.

    *Important* This guide describes the install procedure for www.ascentemu.com OpenAscent, not arcemu

    Step 1: Programs + Trivial Setup

    Create a folder called 'Ascent' in C:

    You'll need to download:

    Visual Studio C++ 2008 Express Edition from
    Visual Studio 2008 Express Edition Products

    Tortoise SVN from
    Download | TortoiseSVN

    MPQE from
    Filebeam - Free Fast File Hosting
    (password is ascent)

    AD from
    Filebeam - Free Fast File Hosting
    (password is ascent)

    Ascent Windows Libraries
    RapidShare: Easy Filehosting

    MySQL from
    MySQL :: MySQL 5.0 Downloads
    (Download Windows Essentials)

    MySQL GUI Tools from
    MySQL :: MySQL GUI Tools Downloads

    WhyDB from
    Filebeam - Free Fast File Hosting

    Install VS C++ 2008 Express, Tortoise SVN, MySQL, and then MySQL GUI Tools.
    Extract WhyDB into C:\Ascent\DB\
    Extract everything else into C:\Ascent\Tools\

    Step 2: SVN Checkout

    Create a new folder in 'Ascent' called 'Source'
    Right click on the folder and press 'SVN Checkout'
    As the URL of repository enter in:
    svn://openascent.com/openascent/trunk
    Hit OK, and wait until it finishes downloading the source

    Step 3: Set up Windows Libraries

    Read the README, and do everything it says... The readme is as clear as it's going to get.

    Step 4: Compilation

    Open up C:\Ascent\Source\win\ascentVC90.sln
    Hit 'Build'->'Configuration Manager' and change the 'Active Solution Configuration' to Release
    Hit 'Build'->'Rebuild Solution' and wait a while until it finishes compiling.

    Open up C:\Ascent\Source\src\scripts\scripts2008.sln
    Hit 'Build'->'Configuration Manager' and change the 'Active Solution Configuration' to Release
    Hit 'Build'->'Rebuild Solution' and wait a while until it finishes compiling.

    *Important* Build warnings are normal, but errors are problems and will not let your server compile. If there are errors, make sure you make sure you set up the Ascent Windows libraries correctly.

    Move all the .exe files from C:\Ascent\Source\bin\Release to C:\Ascent\Server\
    Move all the .dll files from C:\Ascent\Source\bin\Release\script_bin to C:\Ascent\Server\script_bin
    Move all the .conf files from C:\Ascent\Source\src to C:\Ascent\Server\

    Step 5: Client Files

    Move ad.exe from C:\Ascent\Tools to your World of Warcraft install dir, it is usually: C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\
    Also create a folder called 'maps' in your WoW directory.
    Run ad.exe, and wait a while... A loooooong while.

    When it's finished, move the 'maps' folder in your WoW directory to C:\Ascent\Server\

    Move the 3 files from MPQE into: C:\World of Warcraft\data\enUS\
    (MPQE.exe, MPQE.vshost.exe, and SFmpq.dll)

    Paste
    mpqe /p locale-enUS.MPQ DBFilesClient\*.dbc
    into notepad and save it as DBC.bat in the data\enUS\ directory

    Execute it, and copy everything from

    C:\World of Warcraft\data\MPQOUT\ into C:\Ascent\Server\DBC\

    When it is finished.

    Step 6: Database setup

    Open a MySQL Administrator window, log in, create a database named 'Ascent'
    Open a MySQL Query Browser window, log in, and do the following:
    1.Import a script from C:\Ascent\Source\sql\world_structure.sql
    2.Select all and Execute
    3.Repeat for logon_structure.sql and character_structure.sql
    4.Finally, repeat for C:\Ascent\DB\whydb_rev166_with_moon_sql.sql

    *Important* There may be some errors importing these files, if they are duplicate table errors, then they are normal.

    To create your own account, double click on the 'accounts' table in the ascent database. Hit the execute button near the top, and then press the edit button and change these fields:
    acct = 1
    login = *YOUR USERNAME*
    password = *YOUR PASSWORD*
    gm = az
    flags = 8 if you have Burning Crusade, otherwise leave blank




    Step 7: Config Files

    Edit the C:\Ascent\Server\ascent-*.conf files to your liking. Pay particular attention the the database directives, as you need to input your username and password information.
    Also, make sure to delete the die directives, otherwise the server won't start.

    Step 8: Testing!

    You've finally setup your Ascent server, but now is the moment of truth...
    Launch ascent-logonserver.exe and ascent-world.exe in C:\Ascent\Server\
    ascent-logonserver.exe should start up fairly quickly, but ascent-world should take a while. If they start up with no errors, then Congratulations! If not, make sure that you check and recheck every step in this guide.

    Change C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\realmlist.wtf to:

    set realmlist 127.0.0.1
    set patchlist us.version.worldofwarcraft.com

    *Important* I didn't upload the rapidshare and filebeam files to their respective websites, but they are the required files and I've used them myself
    Last edited by LithMaster; 06-27-2008 at 08:01 PM. Reason: Added passwords for MPQE and AD

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    Nice guide! Im doin it right now =P

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    Going post something about my problem for ascent i found some post, need go find it -.- lul

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