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Transferring configuration to MindConnect Elements Mindconnect Nano and Mindconnect IoT2040


  • A standard USB device with a single partition in FAT or FAT32 is formatted.
  • You have enabled the connection to the MindConnect Element.
  • You have configured the network settings.



USB stick information

The configuration created in this step includes security relevant information. You can encrypt and sign the information. Take care of the USB stick and the information flow from MindSphere to USB stick and from USB stick to the MindConnect Element. Delete the USB stick after use.

To export the configuration, follow these steps:

  1. In the MindConnect settings click status-icon.
    The following graphic shows the "Edit MindConnect" screen:
    MindConnect Screen
  2. In order to encrypt the onboarding key data, activate the "Encrypted" checkbox.
  3. Click on "Download Onboarding Key".
  4. Save the downloaded file to the root directory of your USB stick.
  5. Insert the USB stick into the USB port of the MindConnect Element, e. g. "MindConnect Nano"


    During the import of the configuration, the following LED-states are to be expected:

    1. MAINT LED flashes orange
    2. RUN LED blinks green
    3. On-boarding result
      • RUN LED green: MindConnect onboarded successfully
      • MAINT LED orange: onboarding failed
        The process can take up to 30 minutes. Please do not remove the USB stick during this time.
  6. After successfully importing the configuration, remove the USB stick from the MindConnect Element.

  7. Check the status of the MindConnect Element at the Overview.


The connection status in Asset Manager at the overview has changed to "Onboarded". The configuration of the asset has been transferred to the MindConnect Element. The connection between the MindConnect Element and MindSphere is established.

Once MindConnect Nano/IoT2040 is onboarded, the connection to your asset is permanent and your asset for data collection can be configured. This requires configuration of machine data to be monitored. Any additional configuration (except network configuration) of the connected asset will automatically be synchronized with your onboarded MindConnect Nano/IoT2040.

The connection to the asset is permanent and can only be cancelled by offboarding. For this purpose, refer to the Asset Manager documentation.

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Last update: May 19, 2022