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Download the latest version of Minecraft Multiplayer Server from here https://minecraft.net/download
Create a folder call it Minecraft Server and place the file you have downloaded in to it.
Click the file Minecraft Server to run it ignore the waning and click run.
The Server will start briefly and then close having created a couple of files.
Double click the file named eula this will open notepad.
Change the word false to true, this indicates you have accepted the licence agreement. Go to File save and close the document.
Double click the Minecraft Server file and run it.
You will see a window like the one above the server is started.
Close the Server by clicking the cross in the right hand corner.
The default name for a Minecraft server is “A Minecraft Server” so lets change this to make it easier to find.
Open the file in the Minecraft Server folder named “server” this file should open in notepad as in the image below.
Go to the bottom of the file and change the text next to motd= to “Minecraft Test” without the quotes or whatever name you want to choose then go to file save and close the file.
Restart the server by double clicking the minecraft_server file.
Now start your Minecraft client and log in and click multiplayer.
Minecraft should now start scanning for games on your local network.
Mine craft should automatically pick up the server you have just created, click on it and login to play. If Minecraft does not pick up the server you need to add it manually this is always good practise anyway as it makes it easier for others in your household to connect to the server should they wish to.
Open up a command prompt “Windows 7 click start and type cmd in to the search box then press enter” “Windows 8 or 8.1 right click on the Windows logo in bottom left hand corner then click command prompt” there should now be a black box which has c:\users\your username
Put your mouse cursor in the box click and type “ipconfig /all” without the speech marks
Scroll to the line IPv4 Address there should be a number next to this similar to 192.168.0.20 this is the IP address of your server keep this number it will allow others on your home network to connect to the server.
Now you have the IP address go back to the Minecraft client and click Add Server|
Under Server Name type Minecraft Test or the name you gave your server when you were setting it up.
Under Server Address type the IP Address you noted then click done.
Click on the Server you have just set up and join the game
Others on your home network should now be able to connect to the server, if they cannot get them to use direct connect and use the IP address.
The next post will be how to allow others from outside your home network to connect to your server.:-)