Sunday, August 10, 2014

Manually Managing Versions

The service used to host Superstes Noctis (MCPro Hosting) has changed the way their services work recently, supporting the old way things were managed but prompting server administrators to switch to the new method. As of Sunday, August 10, 2014 @ 3:29 AM PDT, the server is now running using one of these new features: manual version selection, which allows the server's administrator (that's me!) to manually choose what version of Minecraft is run for the server. This includes old versions of the game, (even Alpha and Beta versions) development snapshots, Bukkit, FTB, Technic, and more.

As of the time of this posting, we are running 14w32d; thanks to this new system, the server will be able to be updated manually and we can avoid issues with new snapshots! When a new snapshot comes out, I will be able to test it in a single-player world, or even load up the server world in single-player, to make sure things work before deciding to update the live server. Additionally, if there are any issues with it once it is live, I can restore from a backup (yes, I finally got it figured out so I can do server backups on my local machine and not rely on the hosting service's method of backing up the server) and go back to the previous snapshot that was working before. This should mean less overall downtime for the server when there are issues with snapshots of the game, and more time available to enjoy gameplay on the server!

If you have any questions, of course feel free to contact me for clarification! Until next time, good luck surviving the night!

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