Network Diagrams With Visio
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Completed on 2014-03-27
About the Book
I have been working in Data Network Engineering and Design for about 20 years. Over that time I have been using Visio to draw network diagrams for all areas of networking. Originally, it was the implementation details, or for documentation and then for the design of the network.
Recently, while working on a diagram, a fellow worker asked me to show him how I did certain things in Visio. I thought this a bit strange at the time, but when other co-workers started asking the same questions I was surprised. I started to blog on some topics for drawing which were enormously popular, but came to the conclusion that small book would address this in the best possible way.
So I wrote this as if I was sitting next to you, showing how to get things done. I have used practical examples, and put all the menu options in and worked through practical examples on how to create diagram elements that are useful for networking. It is highly visual so that you can work through the book very quickly because you need to get things done, not because you want to understand the theory behind it.
I don’t claim that this book is a definitive guide. It’s just the way that I do it and people told me that these tips are good advice. So I wrote it down, and here it is.Please NOTE: This book is wirtten for Microsoft™ Visio 2007 and 2003.
This book was written in January 2010 when Visio 2007 was the dominant version of Visio. I was using a proprietary software tool to write the book and I wasn't able to publish the book in a practical way until I worked out how to export the book into a format. For those using Visio 2010 or 2013, then many of the examples are still relevant and practical however, I do not have any intention of updating the book because I no longer use Visio.
What is not is this book.
This book is written for at people who work in IT and related roles. The object and elements that are produced are mostly relevant to those people. While it would be relevant to to anyone who is drawing technical diagrams, it would be less useful to people who want to do more artistic or simple Visio work.
I assume that you have some experience in drawing and diagramming, and know your way around the basics of Visio diagrams. If you are a beginner or new to Visio, then this book is not for you. This is not a textbook, but a collection of tips and techniques to draw better and faster.
I also assume that you have good network experience and under- stand many basic networking concepts. I would suggest that you will also need good commercial experience to make good drawings, but that could not be taught in any book.
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