Learn How to Make a Private Minecraft Gaming Server on a PC

Build your own Minecraft gaming server on a Windows platform to invite your friends and family to safely play with you.
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Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

Build your very own fully functional private Minecraft gaming server. This course provides you with detailed video instructions to get your Minecraft server up and running in less than an hour.

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NEW Section ADDED! Minecraft Hot Topics!
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What is DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) – Protect Your IP Against Skype Resolvers and Minecraft Cyberbullying!

You'll learn how Cyberbullying in Minecraft is unfortunately occurring even within some of the most popular public Minecraft servers.

I'll show you how hackers will do a search for your Minecraft username on Skype.

I'll explain about doxing and the exploits these hackers threaten to deploy on gamers.

I'll review what you can do to stay safe if you plan to play on public servers.

Plus: A downloadable PDF guide and a resource of links on how to prevent Skype Resolvers.
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In this course you will learn how to install and configure your own private server where you can pre-screen your players.

This course is ideal for:

  • A Minecraft gamer
  • A parent whose children play Minecraft
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to make a private gaming server on a PC

All you need to know in one easy to follow course to build your own private gaming server.

The step by step instructions will show you how to setup a private server for your friends and family to play on.

At the end of this course you will be able to run and manage your own gaming server.

You will be able to have your friends join you.

In this course you can follow along with me to set up your own private gaming server.

Section 1: Introduction

In the first section I discuss the requirements for the Course.

Before you install the Minecraft server on your computer there are a few requirements. You should have a Windows operating system, preferably Window 7 or XP.

Section 2: Set up Your Computer

In the second section I'll review how to set up your computer. You will also require Java to play the game which I will explain how to download if you don't have it installed.

Section 3: Download the Minecraft Server Software

In the third section I'll show you what files you have to download to start your server and how to first run the Minecraft server.

Section 4. The Minecraft Server Files

In the fourth section, I'll review the server files and discuss the server properties file that you have to configure to access for the game. You can determine who can join your private server.

Section 5. Port Forwarding

In the fifth section, I'll guide you to setup your server for port forwarding. One of the more challenging aspects of setting up a proper server is configuring port forwarding to allow other users to access your server outside of your local network. I discuss how to setup port forwarding for a router. I provide you with the information you'll require on how to configure your router.

Section 6. Router Configuration

In the sixth section, I describe in detail the steps required to help you configure your router for the Minecraft server.

Section 7. Run the Minecraft Server

In the seventh and final section, I'll show you how to run and connect the Minecraft server.

Documents, links and downloads are included in the course to help you with your Minecraft server setup:

  • The MINECRAFT SERVER COMPUTER SETUP WORKSHEET to help you with your computer setup
  • Downloadable lecture notes from various lectures
  • The MINECRAFT SERVER PORT FORWARDING WORKSHEET to help setup your router

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NEW Section ADDED! HOW TO MAKE A MINECRAFT MOVIE FOR YOUTUBE!

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PLUS: I'll show you 10 STEPS ON HOW TO CREATE A MINECRAFT MOVIE FOR YOUTUBE

One of the main benefits in running your own private server is you can control how you create movies!

Minecraft movie making is very popular on YouTube these days. I've outlined 10 simple steps involved in creating your very own Minecraft movie. The time involved from beginning to end required a few days of work which included building, acting, and recording. The final movie is about 7 minutes long.

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Trademarks

It should be understood that Minecraft content and materials are trademarks and copyrights of Mojang AB or its licensors. All rights reserved. This course and the instructor is not affiliated with Mojang AB. Minecraft ®/TM & © 2009-2013 Mojang / Notch

Legal Disclaimer

This course is the sole responsibility and creation of the instructor. All in-game or server screenshots, unless otherwise stated, are from the instructor's personal copy of Minecraft or their computer.

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What are the requirements?

  • The lessons of this course are taught on a Windows 7 operating machine. It is recommended to have at least 3 GB of physical RAM in the computer. Java 6 JRE or newer is required for Minecraft Servers! You should only use the most recent version of Java.
  • Here are a list of some of the requirements to run a current Minecraft PC version, 1.8. on your Windows operating system. Each requirement will be explained in the course as no experience is assumed. It would be helpful but not required to know about the following:
  • Networking in general (IP, DHCP, ports etc.)
  • Your system configuration
  • Your network configuration
  • Your router configuration (if you want other people to connect over Internet)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Install and run a Minecraft server on a Windows machine
  • Configure the server files
  • Verify and Install the latest version of Java
  • Determine who can access the game
  • Setup Port Forwarding
  • Create a safe environment for children or your friends when playing Minecraft

What is the target audience?

  • Minecraft gamers, students and educators interested to learn how to setup a Minecraft server.
  • Parents who would prefer that their young children play in a controlled environment and not on a public server.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Course
03:23

I’ll go over the broad topics we’ll cover in the course, and a brief overview of the requirements to follow this course. I’ll also touch on how running your own server will create a safe environment for your players when playing Minecraft.

02:00
Minecraft was created by a Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Person. The company Mojang released it on a PC in 2009 and had its full release version in November in 2011. To date the game has already sold over 50 million copies. In the mean time you can still make your own server as a fun place for your kids or invite your friends to play.
02:27

The lessons of this course are taught on a Windows 7 operating machine. It is recommended to have at least 3 GB of physical RAM in the computer. Java 6 JRE or newer is required for Minecraft Servers! You should only use the most recent version of Java.

Before you decide on installing a Minecraft server on your machine you should determine a couple of things before you start. Ensure you have enough RAM to run a server. If the server has too many people on it, it may lag. An estimated 10-20 players may require about 2-5 GB of Ram. If it’s just for you and a few friends then 1GB of Ram should be sufficient. A typical rule of thumb is 1GB is worth about 5 players per gigabyte.

Another factor to consider is bandwidth. If you want to test your upload speed you can navigate to this site,http://www.speedtest.net and click on the begin test button. Estimate that you can allow about 10 players on a good home cable connection where you would need at least 1.0 Mbps of upload speed.

Section 2: Set up Your Computer
01:10

I’ll show you how to find the RAM on your computer and how much RAM is required to operate the server on your home computer.

Determine how much RAM you have on your computer. Navigate to start > Computer > Right Click on My Computer > Properties. You can also go to Control Panel > System and Security > System
05:50

I’ll show you how to verify that you have Java installed and the latest version on your computer.

Prior to installing your Minecraft server, verify and install the latest version of Java. If you already have Java installed and your software is update you can skip this section and proceed to the next section to download the Minecraft server software.

Optional Step: Download the 64 Bit Version

If you are using a 64-bit operating system then you can improve the performance of Minecraft and avoid the Minecraft Has Ran Out of Memory crash by installing 64-bit Java.

Download the MINECRAFT SERVER COMPUTER SETUP WORKSHEET and the lecture notes in the supplemental resources section.

5 questions

This quiz will test your knowledge and see what you know.

Section 3: Download the Minecraft Server Software
01:24

I’ll show and explain which software to download to setup your server.

In this lecture I will show you how to download the server software which is located under the Multiplayer server section. You will be downloading the latest Minecraft_server.exe file available. Then you’ll create a folder on your desktop.

Optionally you can dowload the minecraft.exe and minecraft_server.18.exe files I use in the course lectures available in the resources section.

02:14

I’ll explain what happens when you run and extract the server files. The first, and required, configuration you have to do is accept the EULA. I’ll show you how to change the line eula=false to eula=true.

5 questions

This quiz will have 5 questions about what we covered in Section 3: Download the Minecraft Server Software.

Section 4: The Minecraft Server Files
04:41

I’ll explain the extracted server files and some of their properties.

02:45

I’ll review the settings that can be configured for the Server.Properties file. The notes for this lecture are available for download in pdf format.

Section 5: Port Forwarding
01:09

This lecture is an introduction to Port Forwarding with links to more information.

05:06

I’ll review how to check your router.

Section 6: Router Configuration
02:08
I’ll show you how to access your router.
05:51

I’ll explain the port forwarding rules to configure it for your Minecraft server. I’ll explain how to use the IPV4 Address. I’ll show you how to use this port 25565 in your port forwarding rules.

Students can download the worksheet to help them set up their router. The MINECRAFT SERVER PORT FORWARDING WORKSHEET will be available for download in the supplemental resources section.

01:50

I’ll discuss some of the common problems that occur with port forwarding.

Of all the steps that people have the most difficulty with is the port forwarding aspect. If you’ve setup a static IP address and you are still not connecting to your server you may have to revisit your static IP address and try a different configuration.

03:18

I’ll explain how to run a program through Windows Firewall to open a port.

03:36

I’ll demonstrate how to create a run.bat file. You can download a copy of the run.bat file I created in the lecture.

If you have difficulties after increasing the RAM, check the supplementary materials for links to solve this Java issue.

Minecraft: How to Fix the "java is Not Recognized" Error With Batch Files. See the link below.

Section 7: Run the Minecraft Server
01:37

I’ll demonstrate and show you how to run the Minecraft Server.

03:32
Download the Minecraft Launcher to enable you to play the game. Create a profile to join the server you created. Join your server using Multiplayer. If you haven’t already done so you can purchase a Minecraft account to get your username/password to play the game. Add your server to the Minecraft Launcher. Invite your friends to join your server.
Section 8: Pro Tip Lectures and eBook
02:12

This is a bonus lecture for the beginner Minecraft player on how to make a Nether portal.

This lecture was recorded on a private vanilla server by a very young and active Minecraft Player.

In this tutorial you will learn how to obtain rare materials that can never be found in the real default world.

First task is to get Obsidian by using a water bucket and lava bucket.

Then place it together side by side.

Then make sure you have 15 Obsidian so you can build the Nether portal.

To make the Nether portal you need 4 Obsidian place down in a line:

  • Then place 4 Obsidian up in a column.
  • Then place 4 Obsidian in a line to the left.
  • Then make 4 Obsidian going down.

Get a flint and steel. By making the flint and steel you need an iron ingot, flint and put the iron ingot and the flint in your crafting section in your inventory as a diagonal.

Once you have the flint and steel right click with your mouse on top of the bottom Obsidian in your nether portal. Then once the inside of the nether portal turns purple, go in it.

96 pages

This ebook walks you through the steps to install a Minecraft vanilla server on a Windows 8 platform which includes how to:

  • Run the Minecraft Server on Windows 8
  • Configure the Server Files
  • Use Port Forwarding
  • Review Windows 8 IP Configuration
  • Find Your Default Gateway
  • Login to Your Router
  • Configure Your Port Forwarding Rules
  • Open a Port
  • Setup a Static IP Address for Windows 8
  • Open Port Check Tool
  • Create Your Own Hostname with NOIP
eBook: How to Build a Minecraft Bukkit Server
146 pages
Section 9: How to Make a Minecraft Movie for YouTube
Article

One of the main benefits in running your own private server is you can control how you create movies!

If you record a movie on a public server you'll have to deal with issues that are beyond your control. You can easily turn off your chat function on your private server. On a private server you can sleep in a bed at night time. Apparently they don't have that in public servers as it's always daytime on these servers. The time involved from beginning to end required a few days of work approximately 10 hours which included building, acting, and recording.

I'll explain how our Minecrafters created their first YouTube Minecraft movie.

07:24

Movie Title: Minecraft Horror Movie

Minecraft movie making is very popular on YouTube these days. You can now watch the entire movie we created here or on YouTube.

This is our team's first attempt at creating a scary Minecraft horror movie. It's really a fun movie for all ages. It's about the adventures of Steve and Herobrine. Steve moves into a new village but what he finds is not what he had expected to be there.

Herobrine is the quintessential mythical Minecraft icon that all children love to talk about. The question on everyone's mind is does he really exist?

Watch the movie to find out the answer!

Section 10: Minecraft Hot Topics
09:12

What is DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) – Protect Your IP Against Skype Resolvers and Minecraft Cyberbullying! In this lecture I'll discuss how Cyberbullying in Minecraft is unfortunately occurring even within some of the most popular public Minecraft servers. Children of all ages eventually want to venture onto public servers even though they may have their own awesome private gaming servers. Their friends will be on public servers so they will want to connect and play on them as well. I'll show you how hackers will do a search for your Minecraft username on Skype. I'll explain about doxing and the exploits these hackers threaten to deploy on gamers. I'll review what you can do to stay safe if you plan to play on public servers. I'll also show you how you can hide or mask your IP.

Article

In this FAQs you’ll find answers to questions like: I cannot access my router, Can I get a customized IP for a server like, mc.hypixel.net? How can my friend access my server? What is Connection timed out?

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Instructor Biography

Susan Cork, Front-End Web Developer and Designer

I work as a freelance designer and front-end website developer. Over the past 15 years I have developed and managed websites for small businesses to large corporations. I have designed and developed WordPress sites for clients for the past four years.

Education:

I have a Bachelor of Arts from York University. I also studied basic computer programming at Centennial College and pre-press computer graphics at Durham Business and Computer College in Toronto.

During the 1990s I freelanced as a graphics designer for a print brokerage firm. I studied at the International Academy of Design's Advertising & Design Program.

In 1998 I became a member of the accredited Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario.

Specialize in WordPress and eCommerce:

I currently specialize in designing and developing WordPress sites for clients. In the past few years, I have created WordPress blogs, forums, Membership based sites, and eCommerce sites. I have extensive knowledge building eCommerce sites and customized WordPress sites.

I have also successfully setup and configured Minecraft servers on the following operating systems: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and a MAC.

My technical usage includes HTML5, CSS3, Perl, ASP, MySQL, MSSQL, Bootstrap, jQuery/JavaScript and PHP/WordPress.

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