So my son absolutely loves minecraft and he's been asking for his own server. For his birthday I'm going to re purpose my wife's alienware desktop for this little endeavor.
I'm looking for a safe means to configure this machine for external connectivity and for getting the minecraft environment up and running.
Side note: I'm a tech/PC guy and have successfully setup his current minecraft server on his machine with utorrent port forwarding for now but have not made it externally facing.
Questions so far:
1. Anyone have a recommended guide for this?
2. Should I or can I host this with a service provider?
3. Will I need business class internet to accommodate a static IP?
4. Do I need Windows server for this? I have a dream spark account and can get a free license.
Thanks in advance.