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  1. tobiass

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    Photon Unity Networking

    Get it. No server setup needed - runs in the Photon Cloud. Includes a free plan - no obligations. Exports to all major platforms.

    Download:
    PUN 2 Free from the Asset Store.


    Overview
    This package implements a comfortable Unity-specific networking API on top of Photon.
    Keeping the API simple, this gives you dedicated servers, authentication integration, matchmaking, first-class in-game communication, fixes, tweaks and ongoing support.
    This package contains a setup wizard, the fully integrated API, Editor extensions and the client library. It's compatible with the Photon Cloud Service, so you don't even have to setup a server!

    Requirements
    Unity v5.3 or up.

    Server Options
    cloud-banner.jpg


    PUN 2
    There are two "PUN 2" packages in the Asset Store: Both contain the same content, so everyone can just get and use the Free package. The Plus package includes a 100 CCU subscription, which is good for a bigger test group or an early soft launch (100 CCU cover approximately 40k monthly active users).

    What's new?!
    PUN 2 has a new structure and comes in just one "root" folder. We cleaned up the naming of many classes, fields and interfaces and there is a new callback system. We created new demos and are in the process of re-writing the documentation (note the v2 in the link). Currently the API reference is only in the package (see the PDF or CHM files). Updating existing projects will be quite some work. Here are the migration notes we took.

    Existing subscriptions
    (e.g. of a previously purchased PUN Plus) can be used with PUN 2. There is no upgrade fee or such! If you got an existing 100 CCU subscription, you can use that. Existing AppIDs can be used in PUN 2 (and vice versa).

    Why a second package then?!
    PUN 2 wraps up a lot of internal refactoring and includes multiple breaking changes for existing PUN projects. As we don't want to break existing projects, PUN 2 got separate packages.

    Should I update? Bigger or almost complete projects should probably stick with PUN "Classic". We will keep that package around and update it but we probably won't add more features. Projects starting recently or soon, should use PUN 2.

    Something is broken, right?! We tested PUN 2 in early access and with our demos but of course, there can be bugs. When reporting issues in PUN 2, please make sure to tell us you're using PUN 2 already. Reply here or mail to: developer@photonengine.com.

    Release History
    (recent releases)

    v2.8 (15. March 2019)
    Changed: Unity 5.6.6f2 is now the minimum supported version. Older versions won't run in the most up to date MacOS anymore, so we decided to drop those.
    Added: VIVEPORT Authentication provider. See: https://www.photonengine.com/en-us/viveport and docs: https://doc.photonengine.com/en-us/...d-authentication/authentication/viveport-auth
    Changed: The cached "best region" is cleared whenever a region's pinging finishes. This fixes a potential issue when the BestRegion value is used before the pinging is done. Then, you end up with a wrong selection.
    Added: When connecting to a Master Server directly (likely a Photon Server / OnPremise) without a UserId, PUN will now set a GUID. This reflects the behaviour of the Photon Cloud and helps differentiate clients by a UserId in matchmaking.
    Changed: When connecting to a Master Server directly (likely a Photon Server / OnPremise) with WebSockets, PUN now automatically uses a compatible serialization protocol (GpBinaryV16).
    Changed: The callback OnRoomPropertiesUpdate is not called when/before entering a room. It was called whenever properties change, which is also the case when the Realtime API constructs the room (with properties). Wait for OnJoinedRoom and check properties the first time when that's called.
    Updated: Photon3Unity3d.dll library to 4.1.2.10, rev5023.

    v2.7 (13. February 2019)
    Fixed: Offline mode. Custom properties are now set properly.
    Renamed: PhotonNetwork.BackgroundTimeout is now PhotonNetwork.KeepAliveInBackground.
    Fixed: PhotonNetwork.KeepAliveInBackground now sets the ConnectionHandler.KeepAliveInBackground, which actually affects the background keep-alive.
    Fixed: A crash problem on Nintendo Switch. Setting a Thread.Name caused a crash in some Unity exports. We work around this by simply not naming internal threads.
    Updated: Photon3Unity3d.dll library to 4.1.2.9, rev4985.
    Photon Chat:
    Added: Client API for Max Subscribers and Publish Subscribers features inside public channels.

    v2.6 (25th January 2019)

    Fixed: Offline custom properties are now set even if ExpectedProperties is set, as there is only one source for setting properties when in offline mode.
    Fixed: Switching Offline mode off now properly cleans up room content.
    Fixed: Infinite for-loop when enabling all Interest Groups by using new byte[0] as parameter for the SetInterestGroups function.
    Fixed: The PhotonView attribute AddComponentMenu could not have a shortcut (in 2018.3) for unknown reasons. It was causing compile errors in some cases, so the shortcut (&v) is gone.
    Fixed: Rpc list was not showing in the ServerSettings Inspector.
    Fixed: Inspector for ServerSettings no longer closes due to recompile.
    Added: Tooltips for all fields in the Photon Server Settings. Each entry is now at least somewhat explained. More in the docs.
    Changed: PhotonNetwork.WebRPC can set AuthCookie webflag, which is used for WebHooks.
    Changed: PhotonNetwork.CurrentLobby and LoadBalancingClient.CurrentLobby are now readonly. The lobby must be defined by joining one or via the parameter when creating rooms. As before: You don't have to join a lobby to do matchmaking via a lobby.
    Changed: SupportLogger now makes use of the new ServerIpAddress value in the PhotonPeer.
    Changed: Added a local timestamp to the SupportLogger: it now logs [Time.unscaledTime] in front of each log.
    Changed: SupportLogger will also log the "basics" when it got the RegionsList from the Name Server (and it now logs the NS IP-address).
    Changed: The log output when Join/Create failed. Now it also logs the State (which is the primary value for IsConnectedAndReady). Better for debugging.
    Changed: PhotonNetwork.time is now cached per frame (based on Unity's frameCount value). This applies the same time-value for the whole frame, no matter when Update() gets called on a specific object. This might avoid some judder when syncing objects.
    Changed: The property "timestamp" is obsolete (as name) in PhotonMessageInfo. There is now a SentServerTimestamp integer and a SentServerTime double. It makes sense to use the integer to calculate delta-times in milliseconds.
    Added: Callback OnDisconnected() to connection-exception handling for "Exception in Receive". Also for: "Max CCU Reached" (probably not used).
    Added: Note in reference doc, that "Exception" for receive is typical if you connect a local Photon on Windows but the server isn't running/available.
    Fixed: SetInterestGroup() for Offline mode. If offline, it can simply skip the call to OpChangeGroups and avoid some log spamming.
    Added: ServerSettings now let you open the dashboard directly for each types of ids, and let you open the whiteList region editor as well.
    Fixed: PhotonEditorUtils.IsPrefab() is fixed for 2018.3 onwards, it now takes in consideration both assets and prefab editing stage when checking.
    Changed: Setting PhotonNetwork.PrefabPool to null now logs a warning and default to the DefaultPool class.
    Fixed: Problems with "Best Region" selection on Nintendo Switch. Best Region now works, even if all available Photon Cloud regions need to be pinged.
    Internal: PingMono class now keeps one Socket instance until discarded.
    Internal: PingMono uses Socket.Poll() now, instead of .Available (which might also be the cause why this is Switch compatible now).
    Internal: PUN now sends PhotonView-updates via a re-used List<object>. A second list was added to the PhotonView, so they can be used alternating and without copying values before sending them.
    Changed: ExecuteRpc() to not always create argument- and argument-type-list. This is a minor optimization.
    Changed: ExecuteRpc() check of arguments versus a method's parameters.
    Changed: RPC() to re-use the event-content Hashtable (and clear it instead of re-creating it every time).
    Updated: Photon3Unity3d.dll library to rev4954.


    PUN Classic v1.94 (13. February 2019)
    Fixed: A crash problem on Nintendo Switch. Setting a Thread.Name caused a crash in some Unity exports. We work around this by simply not naming internal threads.
    Updated: Photon3Unity3d.dll library to 4.1.2.9, rev4985.

    PUN Classic v1.93 (17. January 2019)
    Fixed: Support for 2018.3 and newer prefab editing workflow.
    Fixed: SetInterestGroup() for Offline mode. If offline, it can simply skip the call to OpChangeGroups and avoid some log spamming.
    Fixed: RPG Movement Demo. It was all-black in the last version, it seems.
    Updated: To Photon3Unity3d.dll v4.1.2.6, which is the same as used in PUN 2 with several performance improvements. See plugins\release_history.txt.
    Added: PhotonPing classes for the Best Region feature. They are not part of the used dll anymore (see below).
    Updated: SocketWebTcp.cs to match the new photon dll. It's now only compatible with Unity 5.3 and up.
    Photon Chat:
    Added: Client API for Max Subscribers and Publish Subscribers features inside public channels.

    PUN Classic v1.92 (26. October 2018)
    Updated: Removed "UsePreciseTimer" option and made it the only way to maintain time.
    Fixed: Issue with TextField in GUIFriendFinding, which wasn't used correctly.
    Fixed: RoomOptions.CleanupCacheOnLeave not synchronizing properly, if a PUN Client joins a room, which has been created by another SDK Client (i.e. DotNet SDK). This resulted in objects not getting removed properly, after the client has left the room.
    Added: Reloading a level is not taken into consideration when PhotonNetowrk.automaticallySyncScene is turned on and will trigger a level reload on all client
    Updated: To Photon3Unity3d.dll v4.1.1.21, which contains a fix for the Runtime 4.x Mono. See plugins\release_history.txt.


    Release History
    All updates are detailed in the changelog.txt in the package.


    Download
    Asset Store

    Special thanks go to Jean, Vadim, Leepo, Hamza and Olli for their great work, feedback and support.


    Upcoming
    Support for more platforms, more useful components and lighter networking.


    Known Issues
    When you load a new scene, all instantiated GameObjects are destroyed only locally but not on the server. Anyone who joins the room later on still creates those GOs. To work around this, PhotonNetwork.Destroy your instantiated game objects before loading a new scene. Or use: PhotonNetwork.RemoveAllInstantiatedObjects(player).
    Changing the group of a PhotonView is only done locally and not synced. If you Instantiate a new object in a group that wasn't subscribed first, then the local client won't create the GameObject (it is culled by Interest Group).
    When you use multiple scenes, the viewIDs of PhotonViews in those scenes will always start at 1. Edit the PunSceneSettingsFile in your project to enter a minimum ViewID per scene if needed.


    Feedback is welcome! Just reply here.
    This post will be edited over time with more info, updates, etc.
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2019 at 2:38 PM
  2. MikeHergaarden

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    Woohoo, we now finally have a proper networking solution available in Unity.
    (If I can bluntly say so myself ;))
     
  3. Tomme

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    Wow, that was a lot more than I expect way to go! Will be having a fun little tinker around :)
     
  4. omgitsalexl

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    Downloading and will take a look at the package now. I have just recently started playing with Photon, so if this behaves like it sounds, you have just saved me a lot of time!
     
  5. Dreamora

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    Looking forward to see what changed from 0.93 to 1.0 :D
     
  6. saymoo

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    how is the promised linux version development going? (express edition should be out this month, according to roadmap)
     
  7. bertelmonster2k

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    You will be able to use "Photon Unity Networking" on any platform for Unite11 (end of next month).
     
  8. the_gnoblin

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    Great update! :)
     
  9. the_gnoblin

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    Is it possible to create an authoritative setup with unity-builds launched on a dedicated hardware alongside photon to simulate movement and raycasting on the server with this new API?

    So players won't be able to start rooms (and only serverside unity builds will be able to do so) and their movement and shooting would be checked on server.

    And the message flow would go like that: clients->photon->unity-build-for-collision-checking-attached-to-photon-like-a-client->photon->clients

    ...I hope that makes sense ).
     
  10. Dreamora

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    Thats exactly what this extension is actually about with the "photon side client" being called master client.

    The allowing only server to create room can also be easily done: only allow the real clients to join existing rooms by only using join room there and restrict createroom to the master clients you start on the server.

    rooms created will show up in the room listing :)
     
  11. Kaiserludi

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    That was already possibel before. This new unity-builtin-netwoking like API is only affecting the client-side. The server-side is completely independent from the client-API. You can have clients, working with the "old" Photon for Unity APi, clients with this new approach, non-unity-clients, all communicating with the same servercode, even in the same rooms, so of course the client-api is not relevant for if you can use an authoritive approach on the server.

    But attention with the authoritve approach: I would recommend to do some load testing rom time to time from the early stages of development on, as depending on the unity-features, you use, even headless-unity instances on the server can get really expensive in terms of cpu if you simualte all movements of a lot of clients in realtime with them.

    For example movement physics in general (not unity-specific, I even do not know, if unity has builtin physiscs or if this would have to be done by a 3rd party middleware anyway) can easily get quite expensive.
    If your client only needs 5% of its cpu power for physics (which by far isn't a critical number for the client), a server with 10 times as much cpu as the client would already run at 100%, if it has to do the same calculations for just 200 clients.

    So you should think about if some serverside expensive game-logic is really needed, before using so much server-side ressources for it, that your server is at its limits with just a few users, although it could handle thousands without that expensive game-logic, or if a simpler logic would also do it.
     
  12. Dreamora

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    yupp unity has PhysX integrated, thats why it holds even more, you can assume that a game with 32 players requires a 3ghz core of a i5 / i7 cpu on its own in an FPS or similar heavy title, especially if you use physical projectiles, not ray predictions.
     
  13. fholm

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    A quick question: Does this help you with integrating the physics/game logic parts from unity that you might need to make an authorative server that has control over movement? I downloaded the example and messed around with it, but it just seems like the only thing you've built is a game chat / room server that uses relaying to send the data between clients, trusting clients to not cheat as the server has zero control over the clients positions/actions?
     
  14. aleksbgs

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    Thanks all for this great product !
     
  15. tobiass

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    fholm:
    The server is currently just organizing your players into games and then relays everything.
    So far, the server does not understand what's going on in Unity. It would need the levels, the physics engine (which is not deterministic across platforms) and most of all, the server needs to know what sort of cheating has to be detected and how. And then, there's corrections.

    It's usually not a good idea to run a full blown physics environment on the server for every room (or the complete world), just to check if positions are reported correctly.
    The cheapest way to check this is using one of the clients - the host or MasterClient maybe. Or, if absolutely necessary, you could run a Unity headless instance to correct the players.

    I would try to check only a limited set of data from the client. Maybe when the client reports his new score, check if it's possible to reach that score, if the player played at all and if you like, make all clients report all player's scores at the end of the game. Make sure noone can submit scores every second.

    Most of this really depends on the game and is not solved out of the box. But we do most of the rest and now you can. ;)
     
  16. the_gnoblin

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    When I try to launch Photon from the package I get the following error (please see the image attached).

    I think I've never used Photon on that hardware before - so I suppose I miss .net framework or smth like that (what should I install?).

    thanks,
    Slav
     

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  18. BBGameDev

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    Hi, got this error when start server
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    2124: 02:07:05.468 - ---
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Service: "Photon Socket Server" starting
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Config File: C:\Documents and Settings\Bruno\Desktop\Photon-Server\bin_Win32_xp\PhotonServer.config
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Will NOT produce crash dumps
    2124: 02:07:05.468 -
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - WARNING: ***************************************************************
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - WARNING: Photon has been built to operate on an operating system earlier than Windows Vista.
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - WARNING: Performance will not be as good as when built for Windows Vista or later.
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - WARNING: ***************************************************************
    2124: 02:07:05.468 -
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Server Starting...
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - CService::OnException() - Exception: CJob::IsProcessInJob() - Accesso negato.
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Server shutting down...
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Shutting down socket servers...
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying ENet thread pool
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying TCP inactivity timer
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying Business logic thread pool
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying servers
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying TCP Outbound Connection Manager
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying resolver
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying TCP Proxy Connection Manager
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying ENet host
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying CLR dispatcher
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying CLR applications
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying I/O thread pool
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying ENet buffer allocator
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying TCP buffer allocator
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying TCP socket allocator
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying ENet socket allocator
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying performance counters
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Shutdown complete...
    ------------------------------------------------------
     
  19. the_gnoblin

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    Package on asset store doesn't contain source code for serverside app(s) - should I just take lite app sources from previous releases? (I'd like to add some logic on the server and not just send data from client to client). Sorry if I misunderstood something :).

    What is the difference between Master, Game1 and Game2 apps? (is there any place I missed where I can read about it?)

    thanks,
    Slav
     
  20. Dreamora

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    Master is the master server (you talk to it initially, hides the policy server behind it and in the end forwards you to the actual server (Game1 / Game2) that handle your room in the end which are used for load balancing and can technically even be distributed to other machines
     
  21. the_gnoblin

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    How should I specify to which machines to load balance? (if for example Game1 and Game2 are on different machines)
     
  22. yunspace

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    Hi Tobias, great product! I'm guessing the Windows Azure deploy kit should be out soon too? :D

    Just wondering is there a reason why only the Win_32 binaries are included in the Photon-Server zip?
     
  23. Kaiserludi

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    By specifiying their urls/ips and ports in the config.
     
  24. Igavva

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    Hi.
    JavaScript conflict: BCE0004: Ambiguous reference 'RPC': PhotonView.RPC(String, PhotonTargets, *Object[]), PhotonView.RPC(String, PhotonPlayer, *Object[]), UnityEngine.RPC. What to do?
     
  25. MikeHergaarden

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    How are you calling the RPC?
     
  26. MikeHergaarden

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    Game1 and Game2 are no different...but different instances. They could've been placed on two seperate servers. Master is the app that routes all players to a game server. (The master contains the room list of rooms on ALL game servers).

    Currently you cannot -yet- modify the server side logic. This is an idea for future updates though. You need to use the bundled server, using the lite app server will not work. When&if server side logic is added, you will be able to use RPCTarger.Server to send an RPC to the server only.
     
  27. bertelmonster2k

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    Indeed - Azure version is in the works and looks good already. We had to build a special tech to allow sticky sessions with a specific node through the Azure Loadbalancer.

    This version runs on all Windows Versions: XP, Vista, Win7, Server 2008 and 32 and 64bit. So this Photon binary is only 7MB in size and fits neatly into the package.
     
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2011
  28. rhamm1320

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    a couple of side notes that knocked me for a loop that may help others. I downloaded and everything worked amazingly well on my home network. When I put my public ip address for our house, it didn't... nothing to do with yours, but I guess my router and / or isp doesn't allow you to "connect to yourself"

    Also, I have a virtual dedicated server that I thought I would try it on. Since its just a base machine without Unity, I downloaded from your site instead of from the link in this thread. Maybe it was me, but I could never get it to connect. After scratching my head for about a day, I put this threads version on the virtual dedicated server, changed the ip in the load balances and its working good.
     
  29. Igavva

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    import PhotonView;
    import PhotonTargets;
    import PhotonPlayer;

    var hp : int = 100;

    function ApplyDamage (hp: int){
    photonView.RPC("setHP",PhotonTargets.Others, hp);
    }

    @RPC
    function setHP(newHP : int){
    hp=newHP;
    }
     
  30. bertelmonster2k

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    "Photon Unity Networking" uses the brand new Photon3 which will go live next week. It supports load balancing across nodes out of the box which is used here as well.
     
  31. phil_ivey

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    ReflectionException: Can not read main module
    Mono.Cecil.StructureReader.VisitModuleDefinitionCollection (Mono.Cecil.ModuleDefinitionCollection modules)
    Mono.Cecil.ModuleDefinitionCollection.Accept (IReflectionStructureVisitor visitor)
    Mono.Cecil.AssemblyDefinition.Accept (IReflectionStructureVisitor visitor)
    Mono.Cecil.AssemblyFactory.GetAssembly (Mono.Cecil.Binary.ImageReader irv, Boolean manifestOnly)
    Mono.Cecil.AssemblyFactory.GetAssembly (Mono.Cecil.Binary.ImageReader reader)
    Mono.Cecil.AssemblyFactory.GetAssembly (System.String file)
    UnityEditor.AssemblyHelper.ExtractAllClassesThatInheritMonoBehaviourAndScriptableObject (System.String path, System.String[] classNamesArray, System.String[] classNameSpacesArray) (at C:/BuildAgent/work/842f9557127e852/Editor/Mono/AssemblyHelper.cs:144)
    +19 nulls,reflection exceptions and internal compiler errors
     
  32. tobiass

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    phil_ivey
    That doesn't really look like something from the plugin. If it's causing this, then you should report a bug to Unity.
    In 3.4, we tested the plugin.

    Igavva
    Ambiguous reference 'RPC': PhotonView.RPC(String, PhotonTargets, *Object[]), PhotonView.RPC(String, PhotonPlayer, *Object[]), UnityEngine.RPC.
    Maybe you copied the plugins folder to your project's base, when you should have moved it? Try a search for "Plugins" or "Photon Unity Networking" in the Project "search" of the Editor. I assume you find it twice. Remove one.

    I think the other questions are already answered?

    I will ask one myself: How are you doing so far with the plugin?

    From my perspective, unzipping and starting the server is one the biggest inconvenience but this will become obsolete with the upcoming hosted service.
     
  33. Igavva

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    I fixed my issue.
    #pragma strict
    public class Machinegun extends Photon.MonoBehaviour {
    /////
    }
     
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  34. BBGameDev

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    server does NOT start....

    Window xp pro SP 3
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    Hi, got this error when start server
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    2124: 02:07:05.468 - ---
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Service: "Photon Socket Server" starting
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Config File: C:\Documents and Settings\Bruno\Desktop\Photon-Server\bin_Win32_xp\PhotonServer.config
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Will NOT produce crash dumps
    2124: 02:07:05.468 -
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - WARNING: ************************************************** *************
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - WARNING: Photon has been built to operate on an operating system earlier than Windows Vista.
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - WARNING: Performance will not be as good as when built for Windows Vista or later.
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - WARNING: ************************************************** *************
    2124: 02:07:05.468 -
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Server Starting...
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - CService::OnException() - Exception: CJob::IsProcessInJob() - Accesso negato.
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Server shutting down...
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Shutting down socket servers...
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying ENet thread pool
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying TCP inactivity timer
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying Business logic thread pool
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying servers
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying TCP Outbound Connection Manager
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying resolver
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying TCP Proxy Connection Manager
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying ENet host
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying CLR dispatcher
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying CLR applications
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying I/O thread pool
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying ENet buffer allocator
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying TCP buffer allocator
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying TCP socket allocator
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying ENet socket allocator
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Destroying performance counters
    2124: 02:07:05.468 - Shutdown complete...
     
  35. bertelmonster2k

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    Try "Run as Administrator".
     
  36. BBGameDev

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    have already tried, but same problem
     
  37. the_gnoblin

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    Didn't help.

    I'll try to install the latest windows updates on this machine and try installing .net framework 1 more time.
     
  38. yunspace

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    I'm hosting the Photon-Server on a vm. I've changed all the IPs from localhost to the actual IP of the vm and the demo is working fine in standard build. However when I try to build the web player, I get the following error:

    Code (csharp):
    1.  
    2. Connect() failed: System.Security.SecurityException: Unable to connect, as no valid crossdomain policy was found
    3.   at System.Net.Sockets.Socket.Connect_internal (IntPtr sock, System.Net.SocketAddress sa, System.Int32 error, Boolean requireSocketPolicyFile) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
    4.   at System.Net.Sockets.Socket.Connect (System.Net.EndPoint remoteEP, Boolean requireSocketPolicy) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
    5.   at System.Net.Sockets.Socket.Connect (System.Net.EndPoint remoteEP) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
    6.   at System.Net.Sockets.Socket.Connect (System.Net.IPAddress address, Int32 port) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
    7.   at ExitGames.Client.Photon.NConnect.StartConnection () [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
    8. UnityEngine.Debug:LogError(Object)
    9. PhotonHandler:DebugReturn(DebugLevel, String) (at Assets/Photon Unity Networking/Plugins/PhotonNetwork/PhotonHandler.cs:77)
    10. NetworkingPeer:DebugReturn(DebugLevel, String) (at Assets/Photon Unity Networking/Plugins/PhotonNetwork/NetworkingPeer.cs:669)
    11. ExitGames.Client.Photon.NConnect:StartConnection()
    12. ExitGames.Client.Photon.EnetPeer:Connect(String, String, Byte)
    13. ExitGames.Client.Photon.PhotonPeer:Connect(String, String)
    14. NetworkingPeer:Connect(String, String) (at Assets/Photon Unity Networking/Plugins/PhotonNetwork/NetworkingPeer.cs:136)
    15. PhotonNetwork:Connect(String, Int32, String) (at Assets/Photon Unity Networking/Plugins/PhotonNetwork/PhotonNetwork.cs:101)
    16. MainMenu:Awake() (at Assets/Photon Unity Networking/DemoWorker/Scripts/Menu/MainMenu.cs:19)
    17.  
    It's as if the policy file is not found. But I can see from the server log that the policy files are being read correctly:
    Code (csharp):
    1.  
    2. 2011-08-28 01:52:54,257 [1] INFO  Exitgames.Realtime.Policy.Application.Policy [(null)] - Application start. AppId: Policy ApplicationPath: C:\Photon-Server\Policy
    3. 2011-08-28 01:52:54,282 [1] DEBUG Exitgames.Realtime.Policy.Application.Policy [(null)] - Reading policy file: C:\Photon-Server\Policy\assets/socket-policy.xml
    4. 2011-08-28 01:52:54,283 [1] INFO  Exitgames.Realtime.Policy.Application.Policy [(null)] - Policy file:
    5. <cross-domain-policy>
    6.     <allow-access-from domain="*" to-ports="5055,5056,5057,4530,4531,4532" />
    7. </cross-domain-policy>
    8.  
     
  39. the_gnoblin

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    Can this error happen because I have x64 windows server and not x32 one? )
     
  40. the_gnoblin

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    I've updated windows - this didn't help.
    I've tried launching Photon in Windows XP compatibility mode - this didn't help.

    Any ideas?

    thanks,
    Slav
     
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  42. tobiass

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    Yunspace:
    Maybe you didn't allow port TCP 843 in the firewall. That should be the default policy-file-request port for Webplayers. The log entry shows that Photon already is starting the policy app and the file.

    gnoblin:
    The build we included in the package should be compatible with all Windows OSs from XP up. We disabled perfmon counters, because they are the only thing that's 64 bit incompatible (in a 32 bit build).
    But: You need the DotNet framework 3.5 or 4.0. The first one won't do. If PhotonControl can't even be started, then it's likely missing. The Control is a 100% pure DotNet assembly.

    bbgamedev:
    If you unzipped with Windows Explorer's built-in unzip feature, please delete the unzipped server folder and unzip again. This time, using winrar or 7zip. Maybe the explorer marked your files as "from external source" and doesn't trust those.
    It's definitely a rights issue - that's what the error says. As administrator, it should run though. Check the folder's rights again?
     
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  43. BBGameDev

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    tried everything...(I'm a mac user!) but nothing, strange that bootcamp demo version works
     
  44. the_gnoblin

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    Tobias, I installed .net framework from the link you posted...
     
  45. Igavva

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    I have the same error as gnoblin (windows 2008, framework 4)
     
  46. yunspace

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    Yes I tried switching off the firewall and also did a port scan to make sure port 843 is free. But the policy request simply isn't hitting the policy server.

    Where as if I were run the client from inside the vm, it runs correctly with the following log:

    Code (csharp):
    1. 2011-08-29 01:40:39,778 [11] DEBUG Exitgames.Realtime.Policy.Application.Policy [(null)] - OnInit - <policy-file-request/>
    2. 2011-08-29 01:40:39,793 [11] DEBUG Exitgames.Realtime.Policy.Application.Policy [(null)] - Policy sent.
    I'm thinking it's probably something to do with the network connectivity between my host machine and guest vm?
     
  47. Igavva

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    Old Photon runs OK on win2008, Photon supplied with Unity-plugin doesn't start on win2008 (while it runs OK on win7).
     
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  48. tobiass

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    Igavva: thx for that info. We will take a look asap.
     
  49. Dreamora

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    I had no problem starting up the Photon supplied with it on my Win 2k8 32bit box.
    But I would guess that on 64bit it might potentially fail as its the 32bit XP version according the naming, not the normal 32bit one

    my problem is more that the socket policy server on the 1.0 server is plain simply not reachable at least I failed to get it working while the 0.93 beta one worked without any problem and need for reconfiguration. but I can not for sure say that its photons failure, thus I've not reported it yet on the unity photon network board over at exit games
     
  50. yunspace

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    sounds like similar symptoms to what I'm experiencing. I'm connecting from a web client to Photon hosted on Windows vm. The policy server does not respond even though the ip is correct and port 843 is enabled, it only seems to respond if the web client is hosted on the same vm. The one time I did manage to get it to work is by copying the crossdomain.xml over to wwwroot in IIS, but that stopped working also now.

    I'd narrow it down to the policy server because the socket server itself connects fine via the standard client. Just wanted to confirm, the IP address of the policy server on port 843 should be the same as the Load Balancer entry point on port 5050 right?
     
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