This might be of interest for some of the more frugal hosts. I'm currently running an Area Server from an Ubuntu VPS with no graphics capabilities and only 128mb of ram (quite far below the minimum requirements :lol: ). It's certainly cheaper than buying a windows server or hosting from home.
First things first this guide is for Ubuntu, I will assume you already have a folder set up on your server with the Area Server files in, before you transfer it to your server you must make sure it is set to run fullscreen mode via the television shaped button on the Area Server menu.
You will also need to install Xpra on your home computer, on Windows it's as easy as downloading it from their website and then running it.
You will need Screen, Xvfb, Xpra Wine and the X fonts, install them:
sudo apt-get install screen
sudo apt-get install Xvfb
sudo apt-get install xpra
sudo apt-get install wine
sudo apt-get install xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi xfonts-scalable xfonts-cyrillic
Next up we have to start Xvfb, for my toaster of a server I ran at 800x600, but if you are rich and have cpu cycles to burn go for whatever it is you want.
Open up a new screen by typing "screen"
then type "Xvfb -screen 10 800x600x16"
If all has gone well, detach from that screen by pressing ctrl +a and then ctrl + d
Open up another new screen by typing "screen" again, now we are going to start an Xpra server
type "xpra start :10"
Good, now start Xpra on your home computer. You should see a screen like this:
xpra example http://puu.sh/aLbqT/d18cbd1331.png
Enter your host's information and press connect.
Back on your server you need to set up wine,
sh winetricks d3dx9
then type "DISPLAY=:10 winecfg"
On your home computer you should see a pop up of the winecfg screen. Set it to Windows 2000 compatibility and press Apply then Ok. It should close.
Finally type "DISPLAY=:10 wine "AREA SERVER.exe"
On your home computer should see a pop up containing the area server. Be patient, the window may be slow to react. From here connect as normal.
Once it is running select the tray icon of Xpra on your home computer and disconnect. In the server terminal press ctrl +a and then ctrl + d.
That is all.