Configuring Hardware and Software
Before you can have Murmur completely working, you need to make a few changes to your network.
First, make your IP static. Unless you're just going to run this server a few times, you need to make your IP static so that a person outside of your network can dependably connect to your Murmur server. If you have no idea how to make your IP static, read this guide for doing in on Windows XP, and this guide for doing it on Windows Vista.
Now you need to open a port on your computer and/or networking equipment. This port will be the port that Murmur runs on, and the default is 64738 (using the TCP and UDP protocols). If you wish to use a port different than this one, use it instead of port 64738 used in this example. If you are just using Windows' built-in firewall then when you start Murmur it should ask whether or not to allow it. If you are using a third-party software firewall you will need to find the instructions for opening a port on it on your own. To learn how to open the port on your network equipment, we recommend you go to Portforward and select your specific devices from the list. Though Murmur is not currently on the Portforward website, just use some other program in place of it (for instance read the instructions for opening the ports for Call of Duty) but only open the port you want to use for Murmur, ensuring that you are using both TCP and UDP for the port.
Now install Murmur. As of the 1.1.8 release, you can choose to only install Murmur, and nothing else. Start the installation and when you come to the installation selection, select at least the Murmur server. You can choose to install Mumble and the debug files if you want, but it is not a requirement. Once you have it installed, it is recommended that you make a shortcut to it in order to easily start it. Go to C:\Program Files\Mumble, right click on murmur.exe and click "Create Shortcut." Find the shortcut (it will be in the same folder as murmur.exe), right click it, and click "Rename." Type "Murmur" (without the quotes) and press enter. Now drag the Murmur icon onto your desktop.
Setting the SuperUser Password
The first basic step before you start your Murmur server is setting a SuperUser password. The SuperUser is the first user on your Murmur server, and it is vital to initially adding a user to the admin group, and as a backup measure in case something goes terribly wrong with the server (say, it has been hacked).
To set the SuperUser password, press the Windows key and hold it down (it's right between left control and right control) and then press the R key. In the input box of the window that pops up, type cmd and press enter. Now type
and press enter. If you installed Murmur to a folder different from this, you need to cd to wherever you decided to install it to.
After you have done that, type
murmur.exe -supw Password_of_your_choice
(Password_of_your_choice being whatever password you want to give SuperUser) and press enter. A window should pop up that says something like "Superuser password set on server1." Note that this does not start the Murmur server, it only sets the SuperUser password.
Configuring the ini File
In C:\Program Files\Mumble (or wherever you installed Mumble to) there is a file called murmur.ini this contains all the basic settings for Murmur. It is suggested that you look over and/or configure the lines that start with the following:
welcometext= port= serverpassword= bandwidth= users= registerName=
You do not need to change any of these fields for your server to work, but you should change them if you need to. For instance if you do not want your server to be public (that is, any user of Mumble has the potential to enter it) you should set
(Password_of_your_choice being whatever you want your server password to be.) Make sure that you uncomment
(change it to
and set it. This line sets the name of the Root channel of your Murmur server. It is the top channel of the server and if you do not set it, it will have a name of "Root." For instance if you wanted to name the server "FPS Fun" you would set the line to
Do not fill out the other
fields or uncomment them if you are going to have a server password set. If you want it to be public you must leave the
as it is (do not set a password) and you must fill out the following lines and remove the # from them. (# at the beginning of a line comments the entire line, telling the program that reads it to completely ingore the line.)
#registerName= #registerPassword= #registerUrl=
line is optional and only set it if you have an external static IP. If you are on a home-based DSL or Cable network, you probably should not set this field.
Carefully read the commented text in the ini file for explanations of each of the ini settings you wish to change or set.
Making a BAT registration script
The registrations for Mumble are controlled through two methods, ICE and DBus. The easiest way to register a user on Windows is to use DBus BAT script. Follow the instructions for creating and using a BAT script here. Before continuing with the guide, it is suggested that you register at least one user. For the purposes of this guide, it is assumed that you will register a user with a username of Player and a password of reyalp. You can, of course, register a user with a completely different name and password.
Once you have configured the ini file to your liking and are ready to start Murmur, start it by double clicking the Murmur icon you put on your desktop. The server should start and you should see a little icon similar to Mumble's in your system tray (the little icons in the bottom right corner of your screen). You can right click this icon and select either "Show Log" to view the log that Murmur generates (users that connect, settings initialized, etc.) or "Quit Murmur" to shut down the Murmur server. If you want Murmur to automatically start with Windows, select the Murmur icon, right click it, and click "Copy." Now right click on your start button, select "Open All Users" and open "Programs\Startup." Right click in an empty space and select "Paste." Now Murmur should start with Windows.
Connecting to Your Murmur Server
Now that Murmur is started, start Mumble. When it is started, go to Server -> Connect and click the "Custom Servers" tab. Fill out the
Label Address Port Username Password
fields with the appropriate information. The Label field can be set to whatever you want, it is a purely personal choice. Make sure that you set
to SuperUser and
to the password you gave SuperUser when you ran
murmur.exe -supw Password_of_your_choice
When all the information has been filled out, click "Add." Now select the server that appeared in the box on the left and click "Connect." Once in the server, right click the Root channel (it will have the name that you set on the registerName field in the ini) and select "Edit ACL." Now click on the "Groups" tab. In the blank white input box click the down arrow and select "admin." Now on the bottom left input box type Player (the name of the user you registered with the BAT script) and click "Add." If it added successfully, you should see Player in the Add box.
Now add another server but in the
fields change SuperUser and Password_of_your_choice to Player and reyalp, respectively. You can now log in as an admin and start setting up ACL's, channels and groups. If you need help understanding ACL's and Groups, read [this guide.