I got a little experience setting up Empy servers. Just wanted to forward along information I have to help you get started:
EAH (Empyrion Admin Helper) was originally developed for the HWS server, and now officially included in the Empy Dedicated Server software (Programmed by Jascha this tool is the best one available for Empyrion to help Admins to manage their server.
Simple server setup tut: https://empyriononline.com/threads/setup-a-dedicated-server-in-experimental-or-normal-mini-how-to.7676/
HWS chat commands (now included in official Empy): https://empyrion-homeworld.net/hws-commands
Admin commands: https://wiki.nitrado.net/en/Admin_Commands_for_Empyrion_-_Galactic_Survival
Console commands: https://empyrion.gamepedia.com/Console_Commands
Customizing Solar Systems: https://empyrion.gamepedia.com/Customizing_Solar_Systems
[TOOL] Empyrion Playfield Designer v1.36.1:https://empyriononline.com/threads/tool-empyrion-playfield-designer-v1-36-1.9789/
My suggestions: Adjust despawn 'unvisited structure' timer of bases and units to be greater than default to 1 month at least. Setup playworld backups to 2 a day at minimum. Other servers often get corruption and have to do a rollback. Having more backups eases the strain on players losing produced factory items, inventory or work loss due to the rollback. Perhaps tweak the anti grief distance of deposits to be less than default, so you can place defenses close enough as needed. Enable the Turret under terrain bug option in EAH (so that turrets cannot fire beneath terrain, seeing they cannot be targeted. common exploit). As you get more regular players, you will need to restart the server more often to clear memory leaks that have yet to be cleared. EAH now supports crosslinking of servers, so that you can add the ability to 'warp' between servers to expand the universe which should be considered in the future. If you need help, let me know. I got friends who love PvP and could bring them all in. To save time, you can edit one of the custom scenarios available in game or workshop which is basically different solar systems and PDA objectives. These can be easily edited to switch planets to pvp from pve, change or add POIs etc etc. The server we are playing on lately is inflicted, which uses the Voodoo2 scenario, and they edit for their taste, add custom planets etc. They have a pretty good setup and I suggest playing it a bit for ideas. My only dislike with it is there are only 15 PvP systems out of 180+ playfields. But the voodoo2 scenario is a good setup.
I got a test server for battletesting our creations. I dont usually keep it up all the time, but could leave it up more often and provide admin access as needed to get a feel.