Host multiple Minecraft instances on an Azure VM

My son is very active on Minecraft for years now. We decided to move away from running Minecraft Server on my Synology NAS and instead we set up a Virtual Machine on Microsoft Azure. The power of the NAS just wasn’t sufficient to run more than 1 instance. On the NAS I had run the server both native as well as in Docker containers over time. However: he wanted to run 3 instances simultaneously, for different purposes, so I decided it was time to leave the NAS (as far as it concerned Minecraft at least) and provide him with a dedicated VM in the cloud.

Running the server itself is a piece of cake. There are a few things you need to take into account though. Of course my son is not running the plain vanilla server: he wants all kinds of special versions, plugins, mods, you name it. However: for the sake of readability I am not going into all of that in this article, and my examples will show only the vanilla version of Minecraft Server.

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