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  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-408608-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-408608-8

Run your own Minecraft server: take total control of your Minecraft experience!

What’s more fun than playing multiplayer Minecraft? Running your own Minecraft server. Now there’s 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. You’ll learn from crystal-clear, step-by-step instructions designed for today’s 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 book’s #1 goal is to help you have more fun with Minecraft. But you’ll 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.

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Table of Contents


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 Gamer’s 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 Server’s 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 Computer’s Networking Configuration 76

    Viewing Our Router’s Configuration 78

Allowing Minecraft Traffic Through the Firewall 81

    Ports 81

    Configuring Port Forwarding 83

    Testing the Connection 85

    Let’s 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: It’s 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

    Let’s 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

    What’s 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 Mojang’s 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 Tim’s “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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