Our Minecraft server and weekly broadcasting updates

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Our Minecraft server and weekly broadcasting updates

Postby BloodyIron » Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:19 am

For about 1.5 years now LANified! has been running one of the finest Minecraft servers around. We have seen players come and go, and plenty of our share of adventures. We have even seen our share of hardships. Recently our server experienced grief from a very selfish player who has since been banned.

In response to these unfortunate acts we have taken different steps. Initially we rolled back to our last manual backup, which was made on December 1st. Unfortunately a significant amount of work was lost due to the sheer gap in time since the backup. Since then we have been working hard to deal further with the situation. We believe we are now at a point in which we can safely say we are Alberta's Best Minecraft Server. Why? Well for starters we recovered the majority of the work lost, and repaired the damage done as best as we can. We feel confident that those who enjoy our server will be extremely pleased with the outcome of these repairs.

Secondly, we now have a completely automated backup service which rivals corporate backup solutions. It consists of a "staggered" series of backups. It may be a bit confusing at first, but we are confident it will add so much redundancy to our world files that griefing will no longer be a concern whatsoever.

Here's how it works:
  • Every backup will occur at 5am MST
  • Every day of the week will produce a backup and this will go back 7 days, so tomorrow will over-write last week's backup of the same day of the week
  • An additional "weekly" backup will occur on the following days of the months: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd. Each will represent week 1,2,3 and 4 of the Month. Week 5 will not have a backup. When a new Month occurs, each week will overwrite last month's equivalent week.
  • An additional "monthly" backup will occur on the 1st of every month, and this will go back 12 months, overwriting the corresponding month of last year.

What's the best part? It's already working! Unknown to our valued gamers is that this service has been running for 2 days now! Due to the nature of this backup system it is not reliant on plugins, or versions of the server whatsoever. As such, it will always happen, executes in less than a minute, and is completely transparant to players. If anything happens to our precious server we can revert back to yesterday's backup at the drop of a hat. If anything happens to that backup we have lots of other backups to fall back on!

There are many great things that have been accomplished on our lovely server, here are some examples:

http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... House1.png
http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... House2.png
http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... House3.png

http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... osque1.png
http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... osque2.png
http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... osque3.png

http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... egaMan.png
http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... ickMan.png

http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... Tower1.png
http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... Tower2.png
http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... Tower3.png
http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... Tower4.png

http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... orage1.png
http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... orage2.png
http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... orage3.png

http://www.lanified.com/downloads/image ... _Grove.png

We run this server as a public service, for you. If you want to join us, add us to your favourites and connect to mine.lanified.com and be sure not to build on or destroy other people's space/constructions. This is a communal server, and we would love it if you joined us. If you want to chat while playing you can also jump on our mumble server, add it to your favourites: voice.lanified.com (default port).

The future of our Minecraft server is bright, and with time we will offer more services where we see fit. We really hope you enjoy your stay and if you have any issues just let us know and we'll do what we can to help you. There are limits to what we can/will do, but we will do our best.

In other news, we have our weekly Broadcasting. Today unfortunately we were unable to have our commentators present and as such we had to cancel our Starcraft 2 King of the Hill event. For the next few weeks we will be taking a break from our Starcraft 2 King of the Hill event, and enjoy our holidays. When it will return is not certain, but we plan to come back fiercely in the new year.

As for our Thursday Team Fortress 2 King of the Hill^2 events... this weekly event is cancelled permanently until further notice. We do not plan to bring this back at this time as we have seen a steady decline in popularity, and these events take a lot of effort to put on. Initially we saw a fair bit of interest, but unfortunately it grew, and then continued to decline. It is unfortunate that our recent injecetion of prize money was not sufficent to provide a second wind for this event series, and as such we are taking down the Thursday time-slot for retooling. It is not yet certain if we wikll return with a new program in the new year for this timeslot, but it is possible. We hope you enjoyed this event, and will enjoy our other events in the mean time.

The cancellation of this event does not affect LAN party tournament design.

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