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Ultimate Geek
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Topic # 130904 2-Oct-2013 10:53 One person supports this post Send private message

Acting on strict instructions from my teenage son, I attended the Tech Ed session on setting up a Minecraft server in the cloud. I was expecting it to be a bit over my head, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was dead easy.

The presenter asked for a show of hands of who got their start in networking because they wanted to play multiplayer Doom or Wolfenstein. Over half the room put their hands up. He then suggested that gaming is a gateway to geeking, hence his session on setting up a cloud server on Azure using Minecraft as the incentive.

So after I got home and had my post-TechEd snooze, I proceeded to Azure.com and signed up for the month's free trial. Within a half hour I had signed up, spun up a 2012 Server, installed Java and Minecraft Server, opened the necessary port and bingo, a Minecraft Server in the cloud. The boy took over managing the server to install all his mods, and since then he and his friends have been going wild. Perfect timing for the school holidays.

The only downside is now we'll break his little geeky heart if we don't sign up for a paid account so he can keep administering his own world.

Last time I configured an actual physical server it took hours, this took minutes. I'm still a wee bit suss about the whole cloud computing thing, but this has gone a long way towards convincing me that owning your own rack full of iron could be a thing of the past.

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 906597 2-Oct-2013 18:38 Send private message

very cool - just had a go and its a really nice interface! Silly question - where do i open the ports - just on the vm's firewall or can i get on an edge device?



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  Reply # 906912 3-Oct-2013 09:29 Send private message

You need to set up an endpoint on the Azure VM dashboard as well as on the VM itself. So for mine, I have an endpoint called minecraft which opens up public port 25565, and on the firewall on the actual VM I opened up the same port.

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  Reply # 906917 3-Oct-2013 09:34 Send private message

Have you looked at the free AWS tier for this? Not that I've tried it yet but they offer it free for 1 year I believe. would be interesting to compare.



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  Reply # 906918 3-Oct-2013 09:37 Send private message

I haven't comparison shopped yet - I'll have to have a look around before my free trial winds down.

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  Reply # 906941 3-Oct-2013 10:28 Send private message

I am a big fan of the cloud. I use AWS specifically and love the ability to instantly create a server, from a monster to a midget - and only pay by the hour! Its great you have connected with this awesome technology!

I would love to hear what makes you "a wee bit suss" of cloud computing? I have had this discussion with quite a few friends and colleagues and often find their arguments are based on misconception.

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  Reply # 906943 3-Oct-2013 10:36 Send private message

This session is now also available on MSDN Channel 9 to watch: 
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NewZealand/2013/MDC319

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  Reply # 906956 3-Oct-2013 11:04 Send private message

We had a group session with work to bang heads together to see how easy it is to create solutions on it and work out the bugs.

Just watch your public IP routing, and server IP addresses.

If you are moving into a multi platform service (different boxes for DC/exchange) your IPs can NOT be changed within the virtual OS or manager after it has been assigned one of the private IPs during the wizard. So if you like clean structure you will have to make them how you like it from the get go, or have a second virtual subnet/NIC for actual IPs and use the first one for management only :)



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  Reply # 906966 3-Oct-2013 11:24 Send private message

itxtme: I am a big fan of the cloud. I use AWS specifically and love the ability to instantly create a server, from a monster to a midget - and only pay by the hour! Its great you have connected with this awesome technology!

I would love to hear what makes you "a wee bit suss" of cloud computing? I have had this discussion with quite a few friends and colleagues and often find their arguments are based on misconception.


Most of my arguments probably don't even qualify as arguments, more like vague misgivings...
The fact that the whole shebang is not only virtual, but running on machines that reside who-knows-where that you can't lay your hands on. You're wholly reliant on 3rd parties. Less of an arguement, more of a mindset.
Then there's the data sovereignty issues, which make no difference to my son's Minecraft server, but as soon as I'm putting corporate secrets in the cloud, and the servers are based in non-NZ locations controlled by non-NZ companies beholden to non-NZ goverments, a bit of paranoia can sneak in.

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