By now, assuming that you’re following the guides for creating a Minecraft server, and using SpaceBukkit to control it, you should have an almost functioning server set up. The final thing that really needs to be done to get the server to be administered quickly is to complete the setup steps for the SpacePanel web site.
We will firstly need to create a symbolic link for the CraftBukkit server log file, as the location that SpacePanel looks for it is no longer correct. Type the following command, and then press Enter to create the link.
ln –s logs/latest.log server.log
Start the CraftBukkit server by typing the below and press Enter. Wait for the server to start up… it will say “Done” when it’s ready.
We can now move away from the server console for a bit, which means that you get to see pretty colourful stuff again. Open a web browser on any computer in your network, and go to “<ip address of server>/index.php“. The setup page will load for the SpacePanel installer. Make sure that all lines are green (they should be if you’ve been doing everything in these guides), then press the “Next” button in the bottom right corner.
Fill in the information that is requested, which you set up earlier. If you’re not sure, and you’ve been following this guide exactly, the most likely values are:
|Password||<Minecraft database user password>|
Press the “Next” button once all of the information is filled in.
It is now time to create an admin account for managing the minecraft server. You can use the username “minecraft“, but I’m using “mcadmin“, as it’s possible to create accounts that don’t have as much power. Choose a password for this account, then press “Next“.
Now it’s time to link your SpacePanel web server with the SpaceBukkit server wrapper. This is the location where you will need the salt that you wrote down from when the installer completed. You did do this, right? If you didn’t, follow these steps below (sorry, no pretty pictures here, as a punishment for from your previous self)
- At the server console, type “.stopwrapper“. Wait for the server to stop
- Once the server has stopped, type “nano serverinfo.txt” and press Enter
- Make a note of the salt (like you should have done beforehand)
- Press Ctrl + x to close Nano
- Type “./rtoolkit.sh” and press Enter to start the server again
- Wait for the server to say “Done” before continuing
Once you have the salt, fill in the form with the following details
|Name||<Name of the server>|
|Salt||<That really long string>|
|Ports||2011 and 2012|
When all of this is filled in, press “Next” to continue.
If everything has worked, you will get a success screen. Press “Next” button to get to the log in screen.
You will be logged in to the SpacePanel dashboard page.
However, not everything is showing correctly. I’m not sure why. I can’t find any reasons for it happening on the Internet either. Don’t worry, as it’s fairly easy to fix. Log in to your webmin interface (https://<ip address of server>:10000) with the “administrator” user. From the left hand side, click on refresh modules.
From the left hand side, click Servers > MySQL Database Server. You will be prompted to type in the root MySQL user and it’s password, as Webmin needs this to control the MySQL server. Do so, then press “Save“.
Choose the “View Data” button underneath the table listing the columns in the space_servers database table.
Put a tick in the box next to the server row (you should only have one), then press the “Edit selected rows” button underneath the table.
Retype in the password (which is the salt, which you still have written down somewhere I hope). Also change the IP address to an internal one if you’re only going to be running the server locally, or modify it to be an external one if you’re going to be forwarding ports, then press the “Save” button at the bottom.
Go back to the SpacePanel dashboard website that you have open in your browser, and press the refresh button. The page will now load properly.
There you go. That’s it. You’re done. Honest. Finished. Depending on what you wanted. If you want to have a Minecraft server that is available to be administered through a web browser, that’s exactly what you’ve managed to achieve. All that you need to do is remember to log in to the minecraft user account on the server and type “./rtoolkit.sh” to start the server. Then, on your Minecraft game, use the direct connect button and type in the IP address of the server. Then enjoy!
If you want the Minecraft server to be a bit more useful on its own (such as broadcasting itself to the LAN and starting when the server itself starts up) then you’ll need to keep reading. But for now, and the next few hours, your Minecraft server beckons.