Ultimate Guide to Minecraft Server



Run your own Minecraft server: take total control of your Minecraft experience! Whats more fun than playing multiplayer Minecraft? Running your own Minecraft server. Now theres a complete, up-to-date guide to doing just that-even if you have no networking or server experience! Best-selling tech author Timothy L. Warner covers all you need to know, from the absolute basics to cutting-edge customization. Youll learn from crystal-clear, step-by-step instructions designed for todays newest Minecraft servers.Warner guides you through prepping your computer and network…installing a basic server and powerful third-party alternatives…welcoming and managing users…protecting against griefing and other attacks…adding powerful plug-ins and mods…using easy subscription hosting services…giving your users a truly awesome game experience. This books #1 goal is to help you have more fun with Minecraft. But youll also master practical skills for a well-paid technology career! *Gain deep multiplayer Minecraft knowledge for running your server well*Configure your computer to reliably host Minecraft*Control your server through the Minecraft Server console*Connect users, communicate with them, and set rules they must follow*Master basic networking skills for improving server uptime and performance*Safeguard your server and users, and prevent griefing*Simplify complicated mods with integrated modpacks and launchers*Run on the Realms public cloud-let Minecraft worry about maintenance and security*Evaluate and choose a third-party hosting provider*Customize your spawn „lobby” to help new users find their way*Support multiple worlds and teleportation*Earn cash with ads, sponsorships, cosmetic upgrades, or VIP access Minecraft is a trademark of Mojang Synergies / Notch Development AB. This book is not affiliated with or sponsored by Mojang Synergies / Notch Development AB. Timothy L. Warner is the author of Hacking Raspberry Pi and The Unauthorized Guide to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Repair: A DIY Guide to Extending the Life of Your iDevices!. He is a tech professional who has helped thousands of people become more proficient with technology in business and education. He holds the CompTIA A+ Computer Technician credential and 20 other technical certifications. As Director of Technology for a progressive high school, he created and managed a self-servicing warranty repair shop for all of its Apple hardware. Now an author/evangelist for Pluralsight, he shares Windows PowerShell scripting knowledge at 2minutepowershell.com.Introduction 1 Who Should Read This Book 1 How This Book Is Organized 2 Conventions Used in This Book 3 Follow Me! 3 About the Bitly Hyperlinks 3 System Requirements 4 Chapter 1 Minecraft Multiplayer from the Gamers Perspective 5 Understanding Minecraft Multiplayer 6 Minecraft Demo Mode Versus Minecraft Premium 7 Please Avoid Cracked Launchers 8 The Three Types of Minecraft Multiplayer 10 Finding „Good” Minecraft Servers 10 Understanding Minecraft Server Lists 11 A Word on Minecraft Minigames 14 About Connection Addresses 15 Public Versus Whitelist Servers 15 Joining an Online Server 16 Minecraft Multiplayer Netiquette 19 The Importance of Help 19 Chatting with OPs and Other Players 20 Setting Chat Options 22 The Three Rules of Multiplayer Netiquette 23 Rule #1: Obey the Server Rules-Or Leave 23 Rule #2: Act in Accordance with the „Golden Rule” 23 Rule #3: Ask Without Fear 24 The Bottom Line 24 Chapter 2 Building a Vanilla Minecraft Server 25 Preparing the Java Environment 25 Verifying Your Java Version (Windows) 26 Verifying Your Java Version (OS X) 27 Downloading and Installing the JRE 27 Installing the Minecraft Server 28 The Windows Installation Process 29 The OS X Installation Process 31 An Interlude…Your Lab Environment 34 Buy Another Copy of Minecraft? Really? 34 First Run and Initial Configuration Steps 34 Understanding the Server Configuration Files 35 The Minecraft Server Console 37 Running More Than One Server Instance 42 Finding Vanilla Servers on the Internet 43 The Bottom Line 44 Chapter 3 Operating a Vanilla Minecraft Server 45 Understanding Our Test Environment 45 Configuring the Servers World 47 Introducing Sublime Text 47 Understanding server.properties 48 Getting Your User(s) Connected 50 Scanning, Scanning… 51 Interacting with Your Users 53 /say, /tell, and /me 55 /tp and /give 59 Exerting Discipline on Your Server 59 /kick 60 /ban and /ban-ip 61 /pardon, /pardon-ip, and /whitelist 63 Adding a Management Layer to Your Server 65 Introducing McMyAdmin 65 Installation Notes 67 Configuration Notes 67 McMyAdmin Editions 68 Opening a Single-Player Game to the LAN 68 The Bottom Line 70 Chapter 4 Understanding Networking as It Relates to Minecraft 71 Revisiting Our Test Network 72 Learning as We Go: Basic Networking Terminology 73 IP Addresses 73 Private and Public Addresses 74 Network Address Translation 75 DHCP 75 Taking the Next Step: Preparing Our Network for Minecraft Server 76 Discovering Our Computers Networking Configuration 76 Viewing Our Routers Configuration 78 Allowing Minecraft Traffic Through the Firewall 81 Ports 81 Configuring Port Forwarding 83 Testing the Connection 85 Lets Play! 86 Using a Hostname Instead of an IP Address 88 Understanding DNS and DDNS 88 Setting Up No-IP 88 Sweeping Up the Shavings 90 The Bottom Line 91 Chapter 5 Installing a Custom Minecraft Server 93 Beginnings: Its a Wild, Wild West 93 If Not Bukkit, Then What? 94 Installing SpigotMC 95 Starting SpigotMC Server 96 Configuring SpigotMC 97 server.properties 98 spigot.yml 98 bukkit.yml 98 Testing the Player Experience 99 Introducing Bukkit Plugins 100 Describing the Most Popular Plugins 100 A Question of Balance 102 Installing, Configuring, and Using Bukkit Plugins 102 Obtaining Essentials: RTFM 102 Configuring Essentials 106 Testing the Gameplay Experience 108 The Bottom Line 112 Chapter 6 Integrating Mods into Your Minecraft Server 113 Introducing Cauldron 113 Minecraft Forge in a Nutshell 114 Installing the Forge Client 115 Getting Cauldron Up and Running 117 First, Our Plugin Proof of Concept 118 PermissionsEx Quick Start 118 Testing the Plugin 120 Now for the Good Stuff-Installing a Mod 122 Installing RailCraft 122 Testing the Railcraft Player Experience 125 Experimenting with Integrated Modpacks and Launchers 129 Feed the Beast (FTB) 130 Installing FTB Server 132 Starting the FTB Launcher 134 ATLauncher and Other Options 134 Quality Client Mods 135 The Bottom Line 136 Chapter 7 Exploring Minecraft Realms 137 Understanding Cloud Services 137 Pros and Cons 139 Introducing Minecraft Realms 139 Lets Sign Up! 140 Playing in a Minecraft Realms World 142 Inviting Players 145 Managing Players 148 A Brief Tutorial on Command Blocks 150 About Target Selectors 151 Programming Command Blocks 152 Configuring Minecraft Realms 154 Backup and Restore 154 Viewing Backups 154 Forcing a Backup 155 Downloading a World to Single-Player 155 Uploading a World to Realms 156 Restoring a World 157 The Bottom Line 157 Chapter 8 Taking Control of Minecraft with Third-Party Hosting 159 What to Look for in a Third-Party Minecraft Host 160 Minecraft Hosting Terminology 160 Whats Important in a Minecraft Host 161 Joining MCProHosting 163 Getting to Know the Control Panel 168 Configuring and Starting Our Minecraft Server 169 Logging In 170 Adding Some Plugins 172 Making Additional Tweaks to Your Server 175 Editing Your Config Files 175 Deploying a Resource Pack 177 Mapping Your Server to a Domain 180 Domain Name Mapping with GoDaddy 180 A Brief Roster of Other Well-Regarded Minecraft Hosting Companies 183 The Bottom Line 184 Chapter 9 Giving Your Players the Best Gaming Experience 185 Protecting Your Server from Abuse 186 Distributed Denial-of-Service Attack 186 What to Do to Prevent DDoS Attacks 187 Griefing 188 Hack Yourself 189 Blocking Griefers 190 Tips for Addressing Griefers 194 Customizing the World Spawn 194 Setting the Server Spawn 195 Building a Spawn Lobby 196 Preparing the Land for a Lobby Schematic 197 WorldEdit-A More Flexible Terraforming Solution 199 Using WorldEdit to Drop in a Schematic 200 Supporting Multiple Worlds and Teleportation 202 Using Multiverse 202 Creating and Teleporting Between Worlds 203 Deploying Portals 203 Connecting the Two Worlds 206 The Bottom Line 208 Chapter 10 Monetizing Your Minecraft Server 209 Understanding Mojangs Position on Minecraft Server Monetization 210 The New Minecraft EULA 210 The Backlash Against Mojang 211 Monetizing Minecraft While Maintaining EULA Compliance 212 Donations 212 In-Game Advertising and Sponsorship 216 Cosmetic Upgrade Sales 217 VIP Server Access or Subscriptions 219 Setting Up BuyCraft 220 Creating a Paid Package 223 Giving a Paid Item to All Players 225 Creating a Free Package 226 Advertising Your Minecraft Server 228 Where to Advertise 228 The Importance of the Server Status Banner 229 Registering Your Minecraft Server 231 About Voting 232 Someplace to Compare Yourself 233 Creating a Custom Server Entry for the Minecraft Client 234 Customizing the MOTD 235 Final Thoughts 235 Appendix Tims „Top 10” Lists 237 Top 10 Minecraft Hosts 237 Top 10 Public Minecraft Servers 239 Top 10 Bukkit Plugins 240 Top 10 Modpacks 240 Top 10 Resource/Texture Packs 242 Top 10 Minecraft YouTubers 243 Top 10 Minecraft Minigames 243 Top 10 Minecraft Custom Maps 244 Top 10 Minecraft Seeds 245 Index 247

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