Following the Forum topic: Requirements to set-up your own 3Node, here are the steps to create your 3Node:
Step 1: Create your farm
You’ll need to create your farm and obtain a farmer id to use in the next steps. There are now two ways to setup a farm, and we recommend using the gofarmer tool that we’ll cover first. It is a desktop application that runs on Windows and Linux, requiring no TFT to use.
There’s also the second option of using a hosted 3Bot, which is a bit more complex and requires some TFT.
Visit this thread for instructions on how to use gofarmer. Make a note of your farm id and proceed to step 2.
Using a hosted 3Bot
You need to have (a small amount of) TFT to pay for your 3Bot.
- You can buy TFT on Exchanges, Decentralized Exchanges (DEXs), and Over-The-Counter (OTC). Find more information about buying options here
- Transfer your TFT: After buying your TFT, please transfer the TFT to your ThreeFold Connect Wallet address.
Now, you can install the “Manage Farm” package that will provide you with all you need to create and manage your farm. More information here.
Step 2: Check and prep disks
Before moving the next steps, we strongly recommend you first check your node’s disk configuration. A disk should have (1) No labels , (2) No partitions , (3) No filesystems for it to be picked by Zero-OS.
To erase a disk, please go here for more information.
Step 3: Download your bootstrap image
Once you have your farm ID, go to: https://bootstrap.grid.tf/. Insert your Farm ID and download your bootloader image.
Step 4: Burn the Bootloader image to the USB stick
Once downloaded, burn it to the USB stick with the application of your choice.
- For Linus/Unix we recomment ‘dd’
- For other OSs we recomment ‘Balena Etcher’
Step 5: Boot your hardware
Put the USB stick in your device and set the BIOS (Basic Input Output System) to boot. Make sure that your 3Node is connected to the network and power.
Note: Basic Input Output System is where your hardware needs to boot.
Congratulation, you are now a Farmer!