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Creating a Teamspeak 3 Server on Ubuntu 14 64-bit

Published on: Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 4:43 am EST
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Overview

Whether you are working on a large collaboration project with your development team or killing a boss in the newest role-playing game, you are going to need some form of communication. Sure, Skype is great, but it uses large amounts of bandwidth which can cause latency issues on slower connections. That's where Teamspeak comes in! Teamspeak is a great VoIP platform that can use extremely low amounts of bandwidth when configured properly.

In this guide, we will be going over how to create a Teamspeak 3 server on an Ubuntu 14 64-bit VPS from Vultr.

Requirements

  • A VPS from Vultr running Ubuntu 14, although this guide will work for Ubuntu 12 users.
  • 5 minutes.

Installation

First of all, you will need to login to your server. Done? Good, let's begin.

Download the latest version of Teamspeak from their website (A newer version may be available, it's always a good idea to go and check):

wget http://dl.4players.de/ts/releases/3.0.11.2/teamspeak3-server_linux-amd64-3.0.11.2.tar.gz

The next step is to extract the files from the downloaded archive.

tar xzf teamspeak3-server_linux-amd64-3.0.11.2.tar.gz

Create the user account for which Teamspeak will run on our VPS. For this guide we will use teamspeak, although you may use any name that you would like. We will also disable login for this user, rendering it as a local daemon account.

sudo adduser --disabled-login teamspeak

Let's now move all of our Teamspeak files to their new location.

sudo mv teamspeak3-server_linux-amd64 /usr/local/teamspeak

Change the ownership/group of the files to the new user.

sudo chown -R teamspeak:teamspeak /usr/local/teamspeak

Make Teamspeak3 start on boot up. For this, we will need to create a symlink to the script which was included in the archive that we downloaded earlier.

sudo ln -s /usr/local/teamspeak/ts3server_startscript.sh /etc/init.d/teamspeak
sudo update-rc.d teamspeak defaults

Now all that is left to do is to start your Teamspeak server!

sudo service teamspeak start

On your terminal, you will see a screen with the query username/password and a privilege key - be sure to write this information down as you will need it to administer your server.

Firewall Rules

If you are using iptables, then you will need to enable a few ports.

-A INPUT -p udp --dport 9987 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -p udp --sport 9987 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -p tcp --dport 30033 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -p tcp --sport 30033 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -p tcp --dport 10011 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -p tcp --sport 10011 -j ACCEPT

That concludes the installation of Team speak 3 on your Ubuntu VPS. Enjoy your Teamspeak-3 server!

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