The history of The Garrettmc Network
While this server does have a very brief history it has a history, nonetheless. This server isn’t quite a year old at this point. Anyways let’s start off with the beginning.
May 2021: One day in May I decided that I was going to make a Minecraft server for me and my friends to play on occasionally. Now most people would have used a server hosting company, but of course I had to be different. So, what did it do? well I hosted on from my own home. At the time I had no idea what I was doing as far as making a good server. I also had no plans of ever expanding this server to anyone in the public to join. Now for people that did want to join my server, I had to give out my IP address. This was not my favorite thing to do so I bought a domain name and gave to my friends who wanted to join the server.
June-August: It was pretty quiet during those time periods, it was still private at this point, the only action that happened on the server during this time was me and a few other people occasionally building things in a regular Minecraft world. The server had a few plugins at this time, nothing too crazy just spawn protection. I would let anyone join if they found my website, but the server was not officially public at this time.
September- November: In September I decided to do a overhaul to the entire server. When I completed this I was ready to make the server public and advertise it, or so I thought. In all reality I was not ready to advertise it at all. Now this server has always been and remains a home hosted server, but at the time I had no DDoS protection for the server. When I advertised it, people could very easily get the Ip by going to a site like mcsrvstat.us and imputing my server address. Now due to this I suffered from many DDoS attacks. I acted fast and got a free protection service that wasn’t particularly good. It came with the downside of high ping. Along with that I also had poor uptime due to issues on my side and the DDoS protection services side. Also, the server was also quite buggy at the time. Now I had big plans for a November update. I fixed many issues and switched to a bungee system. There was one more thing I needed to fix. That was the ping, I chose to go with Cloudflare Spectrum. This reduced my ping by half.
December to now: Things remained good as far as reliability of the server, now I spent my time adding updated to the server to make it better over time. There was a ransomware attack that hit the server In December. This was caused most likely due to a flaw in the firewall of Log4j exploits. This was a real big issue that resulted in a 5-day maintenance period while I patched Log4j and Reworked the firewall. And recovered my affected server(s) After that I upgraded my server hardware, and I am continuing to expand and better the server.
It’s been bumpy ride, we hope it’s a lot better now,
Sincerely, Garrett from Garrettmc Network
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