COMPLETED: Scheduled Maintenance: US Minecraft Hosting Servers

What: Migrating Minecraft Hosting Server8 to new hardware.
Affects: US Minecraft Servers 5,6,7,8 (US5-US8)
When: Wednesday, 22nd January 2014 12:00 – 18:00

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing the highest performance and reliability for the Astutium MineCraft Hosting Services, we are going to be migrating our US Minecraft Servers 5, 6, 7 and 8 to New Hardware.

This affects specific US Minecraft Hosting clients only – each will be contacted individually.

This will allow for “in-place” upgrades to larger and more powerful plans instantly and on-line through our client portal, and for you to get the fastest response and highest uptime possible for your Minecraft Server(s).

Due to the size of some worlds, number of plugins and players, we expect the actual time to copy each minecraft hosted server to a new machine to be around 30 minutes, and this will be undertaken on Wednesday 22nd January.

We already have a backup copy of the server content on our Cloud platform in London, so any migration can be “undone” as quick as possible if the copy fails for any reason (it is not expected to, but we like to be prepared)

On Wednesday afternoon we will …

  • shut down your Minecraft Server Virtual Machine
  • manually copy over all your files and settings to the new servers
  • confirm the copy has completed correctly
  • assign your new IP and update multicraft
  • email you the access details for your MineCraft Server
  • restart the MC server on the new hardware

Your IPv4 address(es) will be changing, due to the way they’re allocated by the Multicraft Control Panel.
If you are using one of our sub-domains to access your MC-Server this will be updated automatically.
If you are accessing by IP and Port, then you will need to put the new details into your minecraft launcher.

These steps are being taken to improve the performance of your service, to allow for some of the changes needed by the 1.7.x branch and for the extra ram and processing requirements of some of the updates and new features.

Additionally, we will now begin retiring all variations of the 1.5.x branch of Minecraft (1.7.x is the current version), so if you’re using the really old 1.4.x and 1.5.x versions currently, we advise you upgrade your launcher immediately and restart your minecraft server on a newer version JAR file through your control panel.

Finally, if you need a new Minecraft Server, or simply want a much bigger MC Server, we currently have available high-performance fully-dedicated MC servers and enough hardware to host around 2000 more minecraft servers in stock and ready to go – simply contact us for more details.