I wanted to take a couple of minutes and post an update about my experiences with MineOS. It’s worth noting that I started working with MineCraft because my 11 year old son is really into it. He started middle school this year and the word was that there was going to be a MineCraft club. No club so far, but man, I’ve learned a lot in the last month or so.
First and foremost, I’ve now got three servers running that appear to be stable. Up to last night I was having real issues with keeping things running for more than an hour or so.
- Dell Poweredge 2900 III ($60 off eBay! plus a couple or three drives and some memory: about $120 all in.)
- 2x Xeon 2GB Quad Core
- 48GB RAM
- 2x74GB 15K SAS in a RAID 1 (OS)
- 6x143GB 15KSAS in a RAID 5 (/var, /home, /usr)
- Various external HDs. (Total storage is about 3.25 TB right now as I shuffle things around from my old Raspberry Pi server.)
- Duel Ethernet, plus a DRAC!
- Ubuntu 14.04
- VirtualBox 5
- MineOS NodeJS
My original intent was to run VMs under Ubuntu 15. I tried several versions of MineOS but I wound up having issues with MineCraft in all of the VM iterations and dumped that idea last night. I’m not positive, but I think it had to do with the CPU virtualization in that I’m still running a couple of VMs right now, serving web pages with minimal overhead and having no problems. I will probably keep my web services on one in the long run.)
Yesterday, fed up with “Daddy is the modded server working?” “I think so, son.” , I moved the Minecraft VM onto the actual drive and voila: stability ensued. All three of my servers have been up and running since then. No real load test yet, but I’m not anticipating troubles.
Anyway, FWIW, assuming that I’ve got everything set up correctly, you can see the server status page at minecraft.echo4golf.com. Feel free to pop in and play for a bit.