Travel Tuesday Deal: Take a trip to your Minecraft World

What if you could:

  • Host your world with world-class infrastructure…

  • For up to 50 players comfortably…

  • And accessible anywhere worldwide…

For about the cost of one takeout pizza a month?

With Google Cloud, you can do exactly that. And today we’re helping you make your “trip” to your own private world as budget-friendly as possible. This week only, the lab Setting up a Minecraft server on Google Compute Engine is available for 1 credit (normally priced at 5 credits).  

Yesterday’s Cyber Monday deal helped you save money by taking labs instead of shopping. (It’s still going on by the way, 1 credit per lab in the GCP Essentials Quest!)

Here’s what you’ll do in the lab (and what you’ll do when you set up your Minecraft server on Google Cloud):

1. Create a Google Compute Engine virtual machine instance

You will walk through the steps of creating a VM with Google Compute Engine (GCE). When you set up the VM, you will attach a high performance 50 GB persistent solid-state drive (SSD) to your instance. With the addition of this persistent SSD, your instance will satisfy the system requirements for a dedicated Minecraft server and support up to 50 players comfortably.

2. Install and configure the Minecraft server

Once you set up the infrastructure in Google Cloud, it’s time to get Minecraft up and running! The Minecraft server runs on top of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), so it requires the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to run. Because the server doesn’t need a graphical user interface, this lab uses the headless version of the JRE. This approach reduces the JRE’s resource usage on the machine, helping ensure that the Minecraft server has plenty of room to expand its own resource usage if needed. When you set up your own personal Minecraft server, this will save you resources (and cost!).

3. Set up automatic backups of your Minecraft world data

It’s a good idea to back up your data on a regular basis, whether you’re writing a term paper or creating Minecraft worlds. The final section of the lab demonstrates how to set up regular backups of your world data using Google Cloud Storage. You will learn to write a script to create regular backups, and how to manage your backups with efficiency.

Take it for a test drive with the lab, then use what you learned to set up your own Minecraft server. And don’t forget, take advantage of Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday prices, now through the end of the week!

Start here. And don’t forget your high performance 50 GB persistent SSD!

This blog post is not approved by or associated with Mojang or Minecraft. This lab is not approved by or associated with Mojang or Minecraft. 

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