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Overview of onboarding MindConnect Element

This chapter describes the initial configuration of an asset and MindConnect Nano/IoT2040 in order to onboard MindConnect Nano/IoT2040 to MindSphere. Onboarding is the process of attaching a MindConnect Element to MindSphere. And also, it describes the process of connecting industrial data sources to MindSphere using MindConnect Software Agent.

To establish the initial connection between MindConnect Nano/IoT2040 and MindSphere (onboarding), you have to configure the essential asset and MindConnect Nano/IoT2040 data. For onboarding the full configuration is not required, although you can accomplish all steps using Asset Manager.

The respective data to be configured for onboarding is described in the following procedure.


  • MindConnect Elements is connected to the Internet and powered on.
  • The connection cable for the Internet is correctly plugged into the Ethernet port for the Internet (MindSphere).
  • MindConnect Elements is connected to asset or plant network.
  • You have received the link to the MindSphere UI with credentials (user and password data).
  • A customer account is created.
  • A standard USB device with a single partition in FAT or FAT32 is formatted for MindConnect Nano/IoT2040 only.
  • You have the role "mdsp:core:TenantAdmin". The user roles are set in Settings.
  • MindConnect Software Agent is installed on Windows 10 system which supports Hyper-V.


Prepare MindConnect Elements To prepare your MindConnect Element for MindSphere V3, you have to update the firmware for boxes that were already connected to MindSphere V2 (SAP). For devices connecting to MindSphere region China 1, the MindConnect Nano or IoT2040 firmware should be V3.3.0.4 or higher.

You can find more information in chapter Manual firmware update of MindConnect Element.

Onboarding Procedure

In order to onboard MindConnect Nano/IoT2040, you must perform the following steps:

  1. Login to MindSphere.
  2. Create an asset in Asset Manager.
  3. Enable connection to MindConnect Element in Asset Manager.
  4. Configuring network settings.
  5. Transfer configuration to MindConnect Element.

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Last update: May 19, 2022