How to Set Up a World of Warcraft Server

If you’re a World of Warcraft player, then you’ve probably wondered what it would be like to play on your own server. World of Warcraft is an incredibly popular roleplaying game that’s enjoyed by millions of gamers around the globe. 

Private servers can emulate the experience of an online game, but they allow you to change certain aspects of the gameplay for your own enjoyment. 

Below we’re going to show you how you can create a private WOW server that you can play on. 

Let’s get to it!

What is a Private Server?

At the core a private server refers to any server that’s privately owned. Most private servers will allow you to play a version of the game that’s different than those commonly played on the official servers.

Sometimes you just really want to play an older version of the game, or include certain character or gameplay modifications, or even include custom items in regular gameplay. A private server allows you to create a custom-tailored gaming experience specifically tailored to your preferences.

Private servers can also allow you to play games that aren’t offered in your region of the world, or even play discontinued versions of the game. These kinds of servers are very widespread. 

Keep in mind that creating a private WOW server is in a legal grey area, and you should by no means charge for the server, or include micro-transactions.

How to Setup a WOW Private Server

The steps below will help you install your very own private World of Warcraft server. However, before you jump in you’ll need to install a program called AC Web Ultimate Repack. You can choose the repack that works best for you. 

You’ll also want to install the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack, which you can install from this link.

Once you have those installed we can move forward with setting up your very own server. Special thanks to Instructables for the configuration help. 

1. Map Data

You’ll need to collect the Map Data from your existing WOW install. If you don’t have the game downloaded to your computer, then you’ll need to do this now. You can access the download from your existing WOW account.

Open up the WOW folder and locate the file titled ‘maps’. Now you’ll need to go to ‘C:/AC Web Ultimate Repack/ Tools/Map Extractor enUS’ and copy the ‘maps’ folder and the ‘ad.exe’ to the folder. Then, run the ‘ad.exe’ program.

2. Logon Database Configuration 

Now you’ll need to find the file called ‘ascent-logonserver.conf’, open it, and find the area that begins with, ‘LogonDatabase Hostname=’.

Now, make sure you change the information, so it looks like the text below:

LogonDatabase Hostname = ""
Username = "root"
Password = "ascent"
Name = "logon"
Port = "3306"
Type = "1"

3. Configure Ascent Realms

Navigate to the file called ‘ascent-realms.conf’, and locate the portion that starts with ‘<Realm1 Name=’. Then, change the details, so they mirror the options below.

<Realm1 Name = "The Name of Your Server"
Address = ""
Icon = "RP"
Colour = "1"
Population = "1.0"
TimeZone = "1">

4. Configure Your World

This is the fun part where you’ll be able to customize certain elements of your world. To get started with this navigate to the file, ‘ascent-world.conf’.

With this file open you can then adjust the values under the ‘<Rates Health=‘ section to customize the gameplay experience. 

5. Change the File 

Navigate back to the WOW directory and find the file called ‘realm’. Now, delete the contents of the file and replace it with ‘set realm list’. 

You can then start your server by running ‘Control Panel.exe’ within your ‘SC Web Ultimate Repack’ directory. Once that runs, just click on the first three buttons and your server will be live.

You can now enjoy your very own private WOW server. Happy gaming!

Kevin Wood writes about technology and human potential. You can find him at his virtual homes Wooden Writing and Counter Culturist.