Build & run your own Minecraft server

We walk-through how to build your own Minecraft server & run it for under €10 a month. This video was inspired by one of our kids that required a Minecraft server to play on with friends.

We have hosted the following open Minecraft server should you want to test before building. https://hendcraft.com/hcaws/

Note: The aim is to show you how to build a minecraft server. What we don’t cover in this setup is how to secure the server. Highly recommend that you always follow industry security & hardening standards.

Steps. Wiki / PDF

Blocking https sites with IPFire

Got a request from “dedu mihail” & “Amandeep Singh” on how to block https sites. In this quick walk-through we show how to use the proxy with manual settings which is needed to block https urls / sites. It does not work via transparent mode. (We could not find a simple way to make it work via transparent mode).

1. Configure the end user machine to use the proxy.

2. Configure the proxy on IPFire to use the url filter capability.

3. Configure the url filter to block the https url 4. Configure the url filter to allow restriction bypass for listed IP’s.

Your free & private VPN solution! Use it while on the go! (A how to guide)

Ever been away from home or office and wanted to use a VPN securing your network connection. (You should always use a VPN when on un-trusted networks!) You also never sure what the “Free” VPN providers are doing with your logs. Why not setup your own VPN, that you have full control off. In this how to guide we will go through the installation of IPFire with OpenVPN and the relevant configurations. This will enable you to make use of your own private VPN when away from home or the office.

NextCloud Setup – Azure

In this walk-through we will demonstrate the basic steps used to install NextCloud on Azure.

This walk-through will include:

1) Create the Virtual Machine running Ubuntu

2) Install snap & NextCloud via snap on the Virtual Machine.

3) Configure Static IP with DNS / FQDN.

4) Configure Firewall rules.

5) Configure HTTPS with lets Encrypt

6) Test the the NextCloud instance is accessible.

Commands used:

  1. sudo apt-get update
  2. sudo apt-get install snap
  3. sudo snap install nextcloud
  4. sudo nextcloud.enable-https lets-encrypt

Keep in mind this is only a basic install and will need to be secured using best security practices etc. If enough demand, we might do a future walk through on how to secure your public facing systems. 

NextCloud Setup – Raspberry Pi !

In this walk-through we will take you through the steps on how to install NextCloud on your Raspberry Pi.

This walk-through will include:

1) How-to format and mount an external usb disk for data storage.

2) How-to install and setup MariaDB for the SQL backend.

3) How-to instal the NextCloud Software.

Steps – Pdf NextCloud Setup – Raspberry Pi  / wiki NextCloud Setup – Raspberry Pi

Star Wars : Episode IV in ASCII

Star Wars : Episode IV in ASCII. Found this old gem on the internet while working on another project. Thought it’s worth sharing. For more information regarding Star Wars Episode IV in ASCII visit:

—http://asciimation.co.nz & http://blinkenlights.nl—

Star Wars : Episode IV in ASCII

Watch it via Telnet

Install telnet on your preferred OS. Then telnet to the url. We used Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

  • Install telnet
    hendgrow@HGMCSRV01:/$ sudo apt-get install telnet
  • Kick it off
    hendgrow@HGMCSRV01:/$ telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl

Watch it via your web browser

Open your web browser and navigate to – http://asciimation.co.nz

uniCenta oPOS – Installation walk-through, Start to Finish

uniCenta oPOS is a Powerful commercial-grade open source Point of Sale system.

In this walk-through we will show you the steps to install a fully functional enterprise grade Point of Sale system. We personally have installed this system and its in use daily.

Steps:

PdfUniCenta oPOS Install / wikiUniCenta oPOS Install

Pdf As Requested Create a uniCenta oPOS Desktop Shortcut

Disclaimer – https://www.hendgrow.com/disclaimer/