DISCLAIMER- I still have yet to earn rewards for the Surface nodes. Support has been investigating for a few weeks, but the devices were flagged as “virtualized”.
A few months ago, I decided to look through my cabinets and bring more nodes online using hardware I had sitting around collecting dust. There were various laptops, NUCs, desktops, etc. Well, I went through the legwork of converting Surface devices into Threefold nodes and thought I would share the process.
For the Surface Pro devices (2017 i7 models), they only have a single USB port, which made it a pain to get set up. My first thought was to use the MicroSD slot for the bootable ZOS image, then a USB to Ethernet adapter for internet. No matter what I tried, I couldn’t get the Surface to recognize a ZOS flashed MicroSD as a bootable drive.
Next step was to buy some USB hubs that had a built in Ethernet port. Unfortunately, the Surface didn’t recognize the ethernet adapter on the hub as a bootable device. With only a single USB port (needed for ZOS drive and ethernet), that meant I had to get messy.
Final configuration was Surface Pros running those USB hubs that had an ethernet port, with a ZOS bootable drive connected, and a Surface brand USB to ethernet adapter.
I was able to repeat this process for a Surface Laptop 2 I had sitting around too.