Day in the life of a Minecraft Host

Hey there, it’s eonic commonly know as David! I only realised I’ve had the Nick, handle, username, IGN of eonic for as long as I can remember and that’s a long time.

I’ve been neglecting this blog concentrating on being the best Minecraft host the world has ever seen (yeah right). No seriously I love being a Minecraft host, each day is so different and you never know what exciting stuff is round the corner, or what issue you’re going to be dealing with next.

By now I reckon I know the answer to most minecraft problems and billing questions, but when I started it was crazy, like I could say I didn’t have a clue about what I was getting my self into, and I reckon the majority of hosts have been through the same. There we’re even times I was going to give it all up! I stuck at it (obvious), turned up every day, answered thousands of support tickets, had a crazy little adventure which has shaped my life.

Out of this I’ve made loads of really cool friends, some of them are just off this planet or an other continents, no sure if we could do all this without Skype. Friends even ask what do you for a job, you smile, explain, then there jaws drop, “really you can do that for a job… can I help!”

Just today, there I go again I’m in a time warp, days roll into one when you play, nights becomes day, dreams are full of blocks and mobs, then I wake up and look after your server. Sometimes I kind of wonder where the last 2 years went from getting my first VPS right through to getting our own servers.

Back on track, today/yesterday depending which timezone I reside in.

  • Woke up and scoured PMC for new mini-games, watched some Einshine and SkyDoesMinecraft (as you do)
  • Answered tickets, and some more, then even more. You may ask why do I answer the tickets when I run this show, you see I still like to get knee deep in the support, as it’s where the action is. Support is full of new ideas and possible Minecraft products for the future… who knows what the next great thing is, maybe it’s sat in support now (back in tick). 
  • Upgrading Unleashed/Direwolf servers or at least tried to thanks to CreeperHosts damn trial on the Feed the Beast site popping up every time I try to download the Unleashed 1.1.4 server, I wonder if they know the download is broken for all the server jars!
  • Speccing up new server hardware, getting the best kit for the best price, honestly I’m one for getting the most bang for my buck… So exciting the new kit is all dual core, super fast SSD’s and lightening fast RAM.
  • Restarted a node to fix a lag issue due to a faulty network driver
  • Deep in thought about making things so much cooler and slicker
  • Visited some servers to see how they are running
  • Talking to Joel about the new DNS server so we can move away from IP and to subdomains, I’m not a number I’m a name!
  • Writing this post!

All in a days work for minecraft hosting…

Stay Crafty,

David

P.S I haven’t told you yet, the free Minecraft trials are back and they are even cooler! http://trial.stickypiston.co Fancy a bit of Cops & Robbers! or Dropper? 

How to join Craftbukkit Servers with Minecraft 1.4.2

Ever wondered how you can connect to a bukkit server when a new version of the minecraft server is released.

How to join Craftbukkit Servers with Minecraft 1.4.2

What’s news, well first of all minecraft 1.4 has just been released
know as the “Pretty Scary Update” something to do with halloween being round the corner.

All these update don’t half cause a lot of confusion and pulling hair out wondering why I’m getting the unable to connect error

Right I’m going to explain it in the beast way I can

mojang do loads of work on the new minecraft client to include loads of new features, block and bug updates, they release it to us minecraft hosts. and we update our servers so you can use it

this is really easy if you just use Minecraft Vanilla or default server, everything goes smoothly and you can continue playing on your server.

That’s all cool, or is it!

Here’s where it get a little tricky, most of StickyPistons customers use the CraftBukkit server which is updated by EvilSeph and his team across at bukkit.org, updates can take a couple of weeks to arrive and there is usually a few releases until they get it just right.

As you’ve guessed the 1.4 of bukkit has not been released yet!

So what can you do if you updated your minecraft client to 1.4?

I’ve a couple of thing you can do

1. Change your server jar to use the default minecraft_server.jar in multicraft Here’s how you do it!!!
2. Use a custom minecraft launcher for minecraft which allows you to run multiple versions of minecraft.
3. Play Tekkit, now that still works for sure
4. Play locally or create a local LAN for a 1.4 world, invite your mates

Digiex Minecraft Launcher
http://digiex.net/minecraft/mcvtool/

MultiMC4
http://forkk.net/MultiMC4/

Bukkit Updated to 1.2.5 R2.0

Bukkit has hit a second release of version 1.2.5. The major changes appear to be stability fixes and general bug correction and clean-up. We have upgraded our Minecraft Hosting UK servers to this new version. CraftBukkit servers will begin using the new version when they are next restarted. Users can manually restart their servers using the Multicraft Control Panel.

As with any update, there may be issues with existing Bukkit plugins. There are a few changes in this update that may affect some plugins. Let us know if you encounter any issues by contacting us via the Support Portal.

Check out the full list of changes below.

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CraftBukkit for Minecraft 1.1 is now available!

Those lovely chaps over at Bukkit.org have put up their release build for BukkitCraft 1.1! It’s now possible to play with plugins again using all the new Minecraft 1.1 features.

We have already uploaded the new BukkitCraft JAR file to the Sticky Piston Multicraft repository. If you’re one of our server owners, here’s what you need to do to make sure you are using it.
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Bukkit.org announce a Recommended CraftBukkit 1.1 Release

The wait is over, the Bukkit team are happy that their latest DEV build compatible with Minecraft 1.1 clients is fit for use and have set it as their Latest Recommended Release Build. This release brings BukkitCraft up to date with Minecraft 1.1 whilst also introducing a few fixes as well as adding the Plugin Message API which will promote and improve client and server mod compatibility and interoperability. A full list of BukkitCraft changes can be found at Bukkit.org.

We have already updated the craftBukkit.jar on StickyPiston.co to the new version. Before you use the new craftBukkit.jar make sure you backup your world! All you need to do to make sure you are running this release is to Select the ‘MOD: Craftbukkit’ entry from the JAR Selector on your Server page in the Multicraft Control Panel, saving the changes, and restarting the server. A step by step guide to doing this can be found here.

Most Plugins will still work but some may require updating. We will be reviewing all Plugins that we host to see if there are any updates.

Kind Regards,

Stuart Walton

http://stickypiston.co

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