The Siemens IoT2000 series has been a very interesting development from Siemens and it’s really encouraging to see the use of Open Source in the Automation sector definitely on the increase. And that can only be a good thing for developer productivity. Seeing a different IDE for each manufacturer of a PLC invokes some nasty memories of last century web-application development…

Siemens Simatic IoT2000

Unfortunately, all the documentation for these units still assumes a Windows PC. And since I have not really been using a physical Windows machine for 10+ years now, that is really slowing things down. For the last few I didn’t really have to fall back to a VM, largely due to the fact that in web-development nobody cares about OS any longer. But I have a feeling that shifting my focus to the IIoT space this VM will get a bit more useful as some of these manufacturers don’t even bother with anything but Windows and are challenged enough to keep up with Windows upgrades.

Download existing image

The image can be downloaded from the Siemens support site (if you don’t have an account with Siemens you might have to sign up for a login first.

Create image from sources

If you want to create your own image from source you can find the instructions here:
However for getting around the system the example image has some additional software making it easier to find your way around the system.

Create SD card image

sudo dd bs=4M if=Downloads/Example_Image_V2.4.0/example-V2.4.0_RC2.wic of=/dev/sdb status=progress && sync

NOTE: ensure that you check the output device before running this commend.

Edit network config

The default IP address configuration is You can either change this after bootup, but I prefer to edit this on the SD card while still plugged into the PC used to create the card.

sudo vim /media/$USERID$/platform/etc/network/interfaces

The contents of the file after editing (in my case I have enabled DHCP)

# /etc/network/interfaces -- configuration file for ifup(8), ifdown(8)

# The loopback interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# Wired interfaces
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp
#iface eth0 inet static
#       address
#       netmask

auto eth1
iface eth1 inet dhcp

Connect to the unit

To find the DHCP address after startup (unless you created as static assignment on the router (the unit will show up as “(Siemens Industrial Automation Products Chengdu)”

sudo nmap -p22 -sV

First login

ssh root@10.1.1.XXX

There is no initial password on the example image. After running through the setup program you should be good to go.

Leo Gaggl

ict business owner specialising in mobile learning systems. interests: sustainability, internet of things, ict for development, open innovation, agriculture

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