ark evolved dedicated server setup
Windows dedicated servers - ark: survival evolved
What that does is it starts the server and selects the default map and tells it to listen for connection attempts. If you don't tell it to listen don't expect it to hear you when you want to connect to it!
Place this file in the directory ShooterGame\Binaries\Win64. Then, to launch your server, just double click it. A DOS command window should pop up and rather quickly go away. Another will then come up and stay around. At this time there isn't really much you can do with it.
It can take a heck of a long time for the Ark Dedicated Server to be ready and responding. On some systems it has literally been over 20 minutes. Please finish reading this guide before launching your server to make sure your configuration and security are setup correctly.
Assuming the dos window for the server is open and not showing errors, the problem is almost certainly one of these issues. If you can't see your local server then double check the firewall and ip address on the server computer. If these are ok, wait a bit longer. Depending on your server it may simply take a really long time.
If you can see it, but your friends can't, the problem is in your router or the ip address you gave them. Double check the settings on your router and check your ip address. Most people have a dynamic IP which means that little guy changes rather often.