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#1

mrnothersan

Posted 22 March 2011 - 12:57 PM

Hello,

I was just wondering what the best way is to run a reliable minecraft server?

Thanks
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#2

Incogonito
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 01:12 PM

It's all depends on you.
Get plugins that are really necessary, and not childish. Same to OPs
It's not really a big problem to maintain a reliable server, look at other reliable servers and see the changes between theirs and yours.

Good luck with your server.


#3

stonebringer
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 04:30 PM

I would say backups are your best friend when it comes to reliability. I do mine in 30 minute intervals. if something goes beyond repair. Shut the server down. restore backup. Start it. Problem usually solved within 5 minutes with a maximum loss of 29 minutes work for the players.

Or just restoring a corrupted player file, which wont affect the rest of the server.

Currently experimenting with setting up a web admin page where my operators can make a restore too, currently i'm the only one i trust with that. :Diamond:

Be careful selecting your OP's. Dont promote people just because they ask for it. Promote people that you trust, that has been on the server for a while, or you know IRL.

Don't overuse plugins, only use the plugins you really need, more plugins = more code with possible bugs.

Scheduled restarts, my server running ubuntu server performs quite well and stays on for a long time without problems. but they do happen, router mess up the IP table or anything else that might require a simple reboot to fix. if you schedule a restart with warning messages before server is coming down (15 minutes, 10 minutes, 5 minutes etc). it will help in the long run. and if you're running linux it should be quick. takes about a minute for my server to shut down and boot up again.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 04:39 PM

I would add one slight modification on what Stonebringer posted.  A copy of your files on the same drive does not = backup.  I would back up to either a thumb drive, a cloud service like drop box, anyplace other than the same physical drive of the server.  If that drive dies, all your back ups go with it.  And I have had that happen in the past.  Any thing with moving parts will eventually fail.  And from what i have read running MC server from a solid state drive is bad mojo for the drive.
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#5

stonebringer
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:56 PM

Indeed. An external drive is a cheap insurance. A power blackout can sometimes be enough to kill a drive.

The server configuration i use for projects at work tries to be as failsafe as possible, and has mirrored drives with hotswap, so you can just pull a faulty drive, insert a new and it mirrors it all back, UPS for power protection. All backups put on a backup-server, which in turn get backed up by a tape robot each night. but that would be overkill for your private server. -_- a simple external drive/pen drive, another physical hard drive as zombiemann said will probably be fine for your home server. :P

#6

mrnothersan

Posted 22 March 2011 - 08:09 PM

I have actually got an external hard drive for backups so I could use that.
I will let you know if I get the server working at the weekend hopefully!!

#7

stonebringer
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 08:17 PM

Good luck mate. And most important of all, have fun :Skeleton:

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 08:38 PM

stonebringer said:

Indeed. An external drive is a cheap insurance. A power blackout can sometimes be enough to kill a drive.

The server configuration i use for projects at work tries to be as failsafe as possible, and has mirrored drives with hotswap, so you can just pull a faulty drive, insert a new and it mirrors it all back, UPS for power protection. All backups put on a backup-server, which in turn get backed up by a tape robot each night. but that would be overkill for your private server. :Furnace: a simple external drive/pen drive, another physical hard drive as zombiemann said will probably be fine for your home server. :Diamond:


Yea, that is just a little bit of overkill for the average home user.... but I like the way you think  :Furnace:

One other thing I forgot to mention.... Make sure you use reputable plug ins.  When deciding if you want to use a particular plug in, read up on it, see if people have had problems with it eating world folders etc.  Only download from bukkit.org listed plug ins if you use bukkit.  Other sites may list bukkit plug ins, but you are much better off going through the bukkit site for them, less likely to get plug ins with "undocumented features"
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