How do I create a private DayZ server?

Released in 2013 by Bohemia Interactive, DayZ is a massively multiplayer survival game that immerses the player in a post-apocalyptic world. It has regular updates and is available on PC, Xbox One and PS4. The latest update on 28 July 2021 brought new content and a change to the combat systems. In this game, you are parachuted into a world reminiscent of Cold War-era Russia. You must survive in an inhospitable environment, sate your hunger, quench your thirst and heal yourself. And above all, fight the main threat: zombies. Every detail counts...manage your inventory carefully, because any mistakes could be fatal. Stay on your guard. Not only must you survive against the undead in PvE mode, but you can also fight other players in PvP mode, who can attack you and steal your supplies. To defend yourself, join up with friends, build bases and plan your survival.

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Why create my own private DayZ server?

DayZ offers extensive maps. The fictional countries of Chernarus and Livonia, in particular, offer increasingly rich and elaborate environments. They also allow a large number of players to play together: generally around 50, with a maximum of 150 people. With so many players, hosting a game on your personal computer is almost impossible. You may encounter bugs, slow performance, or external attacks, such as denial-of-service attacks. Our virtual private servers (VPS) come with our exclusive anti-DDoS protection.

Joining a public server does not guarantee the best gaming experience. Owning your server will allow you to progress at your own pace, with your own rules and preferences. Like roleplay games (RPGs)? Having your own DayZ RP server brings you a great gaming experience. You can create the story, establish diplomacy between groups of players and set specific rules.

Our VPS Game range is designed to give you the freedom to create.

What are the advantages of hosting my DayZ server on a Gaming VPS?

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Unlimited customisation

We give you the resources to create a server you love. First, select your operating system from Linux or Windows. Decide on your machine configuration (PvE, PvP, RP, etc.) and customise it with mods. You can even set up a TeamSpeak server, a Mumble server, or a Discord bot. Get all the flexibility you need to unleash your creativity. Shape your own gameplay!

Performance adapted to your budget

Our teams have designed these VPS solutions especially for gaming use. They offer several price ranges, for all budgets. From CPU and RAM to disk space and bandwidth, each solution has resources adapted to different types of game servers. No matter which VPS you choose, you can increase its resources or migrate to a higher solution at any time.

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Constantly available

Slowdowns spoil a gaming experience. To avoid them, your machine must be hosted on a stable environment. Our virtual private servers are located in our own datacentres. They offer bandwidths of between 250 Mbps and 2 Gbps for smoother gaming sessions. OVHcloud VPS solutions also offer guaranteed availability thanks to our service level agreements (SLAs).

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A unique gaming experience

Our DayZ VPS solutions come with anti-DDoS protection to keep you from external attacks. They are also equipped with NVMe SSDs, offering you reduced response times and a higher game quality.

What are the steps for creating a private server?

Here is the minimum configuration we recommend for your server:

  • 2 virtual processors (vCores)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 500 Mbps bandwidth
  • 120 GB disk space

This configuration is designed for servers with up to 50 players. If you would like to include more players, assess the capacity requirements for your machine beforehand, so that you can choose the most suitable solution. Your DayZ VPS will then be able to handle traffic spikes. We recommend using the extra memory to back up your data.


  • for servers with up to 50 players, you can opt for our Comfort offer
  • for over 50 players, choose our Elite solution.

Then configure your DayZ server by choosing your operating system: a Windows Server, or a Linux distribution (including Debian). Need help setting up your solution? Consult our dedicated technical guides to help you get started.

Install the server step by step.

  • Use Steam to download DayZ Server from your library and click on “Tools”.
  • Create a folder on your virtual machine's hard drive to place your files there.
  • Create a start.bat file. Tutorials are available on Steam to tell you what information to save to it.
  • Restart your server, then configure it. As with the previous step, there are official guides describing the main elements to configure, such as naming your server, setting its password and the administrator password.
  • Once your machine is configured, you can also install mods. However, make sure that they are compatible; conflicting versions may prevent your server from working.

You have now set up your DayZ private server! Enjoy it with your friends!

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