Back in Business

After staying up late to do some final hardware and software installation, the server is back up and running. Downtime is to be expected while I install other software components on the server, but otherwise all the core software is working as it should.

The server now uses a RAID 1 array using two Seagate Constellation ST2000NC000 enterprise-grade (high reliability) hard drives. This cost me about $320 but the price was well worth it, considering how much troubles a head crash has brought me.

Donations needed for a new OS drive!

I never thought I’d need to beg people for money for server hardware, but because my primary OS hard drive for my server is now dead, I seriously need money in order to get a new one for the server. The OS drive didn’t contain any Minecraft server data, luckily, but I have no other drive that will hold the primary operating system and the Minecraft files at the same time without causing both system and Minecraft server performance to suffer.

If you’re willing enough to help me out, please click “Like NGminecraft?” up on the top bar of this webpage and click the PayPal Donate link. Any amount money is appreciated but a new 2 terabyte hard drive is going to cost me at least $100, and that’s for a low-speed hard drive. As for trying to get data recovered, it’s going to cost at least another $100 just to get the drive evaluated for data salvage; that doesn’t even come close to what it’ll cost to get the data back.

NGminecraft has been running pretty much out of my own pocket for longer than a year, and I aim to keep it running for many days to come, but today, I need your help more than ever.

~Jason, the owner of the NGminecraft server.

Well, this is unexpected

I was doing a battery backup runtime test, and the server ran for about 35 minutes but shut down abruptly (it’s supposed to shut down properly, as if you went and hit “shut down” from the Start menu), but no. It simply powered down. Turning the server back on brought me to a frozen BIOS screen and a hard drive making some beeping sounds and not spinning up.

Turns out it was the primary server operating system drive. Files were lost that were stored on this drive but at least the Minecraft files (and my home PC backups) are intact.

I’m currently trying to find a way to get back up ASAP but at this point things are bleak.

Minecraft 1.5.2 and a side dose of pain

Today I had some significant surgery to remove 4 wisdom teeth, the lower two requiring significant.. trauma to remove. This has left me in no condition to perform any Minecraft updates (besides, Bukkit and SimpleServer aren’t updated yet). I’m not going to go into the gory details (mind the pun) but I will say that I should be somewhat functional starting tomorrow, providing that my jaw isn’t completely killing me at that point.

Classes are over for me so that gives me time to continue working on the survival port. Auto approval for Guests doesn’t work (still) and the rules aren’t revised yet.

However, I have implemented, on request of another in-game admin, a “personal warp” system. Use the /pw command to use this. All it really does is remap commands to Essentials’ /ehome, /esethome, and /edelhome commands, but this setup allow for faster command typing, and also to have a /home that requires no additional parameters to run.

If I’m able, I will start writing an “NGminecraft Handbook” outlining various commands and features that I’ve built into the server. This will be accompanied with a “Moderator and Administrator’s Handbook” outlining what can and cannot be done with such as ranking, as some are not fully aware of the way that rankings are set up, etc.