Having Fun with the Cloud? Make a Minecraft Server on Ubuntu! Part 1
With the 30 day free evaluation of Microsoft’s Cloud, aka Azure, I decided to try and make the cloud fun, so I made a Ubuntu VM which now hosts Minecraft, which my kids love to play on now. Those that know about Minecraft servers, I am actually building a Bukkit server. It is very similar to a Minecraft server, it just has more built in administrative support as well as plugins, user made files that can change the server, which make multiplayer experience easier to manage. This will be a three part series that will cover the following topics.
Part 1 will list out the tools that will need to be downloaded, as well as signing up for the free Azure account.
Part 2 will step you thru creating the Virtual Machine in the cloud, and creating an endpoint to access what is on the VM that was just created.
Part 3 will step you thru connecting to the server using PuTTY and WinSCP, copying files using WinSCP, installing Java, and finally starting up the Bukkit Server.
Azure free trail sign up
To get started with your own trial account create an account here: http://aka.ms/mshosting
The following tools will make doing this project much easier.
PuTTY Telnet and SSH client
PuTTYgen an RSA and DSA key generation utility.
WinSCP – Easy file transfer utility from Windows to Linux Systems
GitHub/GitShell – Used to generate OpenSSL key.
Oracle Java SE will need to be downloaded (have to select the Accept License Agreement before you can download the file)
Either Linux x86 or Linux x64 the example will be using Linux x64
Bukkit Server Setup http://wiki.bukkit.org/Setting_up_a_server
This series of posts is to illustrate how easy the cloud can be to use, it’s flexibility to be used in different ways, as well as show the broad range of Operating Systems that are available on the Microsoft Cloud Platform. This post is for demonstration purposes only.