What do YOU use for network diagrams?

This is more real-world than test related, but I couldn't think of a better group to ask. 

 

What do you use to make your network diagrams? Is it all just Visio with the right stencils, or do people have something else they use? What does INE use for their books? 

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  • We use Visio, both for the workbooks, classes, etc. and for real world documentation.

     

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    Subject: [CCIE R&S General] What do YOU use for network diagrams?

     

    This is more real-world than test related, but I couldn't think of a better group to ask. 

     

    What do you use to make your network diagrams? Is it all just Visio with the right stencils, or do people have something else they use? What does INE use for their books? 




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  • Calling ALL LibreOffice users:

    LibreOffice 4.0 is being advertised as having an updated libvisio which will facilitate interaction with Visio2013 formats. When you get your hands on it, would you please verify cross compatibiliy?

    It would be quite convenient for linux users to be able to create and/or modify diagrams created by Visio2013 and vice-versa.

    Ernie

  • If someone wants to post a visio2013 file somewhare I'd be happy to try it out on a few platforms.  IIRC, at work I'm still running office 2k3 (or whatever).

    EDIT: actually, sorry, not 4.0 yet.  I saw an update for libreoffice on my arch box and assumed it was the most recent.  It's still 3.6 though.

  • Ok, since the overwhelming answer seems to be Visio...where can I find the stencils that show the device name (IE SW4) as part of the body of the device rather than being under it? 

     

    Anyone know off hand?

  • Ok, since the overwhelming answer seems to be Visio...where can I find the stencils that show the device name (IE SW4) as part of the body of the device rather than being under it? 

     

    You have to use the text block tool to relocate the text.  Or you can add a text element and then merge it with the device.

  • I use LibreOffice on Fedora 17, and I've not had any luck with importing or exporting Visio drawings in any way.  When I'm writing the INE Rack Rental manuals, I have to convert to PNG in a Windows system, and then use the picture format in LibreOffice.  Now, I've not tried it since Red Hat last refreshed LibreOffice, so I'll give it a try.

     

  • JoeMJoeM ✭✭✭

    LibreOffice 4.0 is still in pre-release.  3.6.5 is the current/stable.

      LibreOffice RPM Download Page

    If anyone does go to LO 4.0, please give us a review on libVisio.   Thanks.

     

       
  • Ok, since the overwhelming answer seems to be Visio...where can I find the stencils that show the device name (IE SW4) as part of the body of the device rather than being under it? 

     

    Anyone know off hand?

     

    Not specifically an answer to that question, but I really like the vsdfx cisco/networking stencils.  They do have a drag handle (not sure what the actual term is) for the stencils, so it's very easy to achieve what you're describing.

    http://www.visiocafe.com/vsdfx.htm

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