Visio by DPTPB: Minor Update 24 Oct, 2017

Minor update for Visio by DPTPB stencil collection.

New NetApp 7.6 TB SSD

Added this new drive to NetApp controller and disk shelf stencils.

  • NetApp part number: X319A.
  • Marketing capacity: 7.6TB
  • Right-sized capacity: 7153 GiB
  • Supported with following HW platforms: AFF A200, AFF A700s, DS224C, FAS2650

New / Replaced logos used in Universal Margin shape

  • Removed: BigTec logo
  • Added: Arrow logo + few re-seller logos

Template files have been updated with the new “Universal Margin” shape.

Sample drawings still use the old version, if new logos are needed, navigate to “background template” tab, remove old “Universal Margin” shape and pull new “Universal Margin” shape from DPTPB cables stencil.

New stencil packages

All stencil packages have been updated with changed content. Please visit: NetApp, Nutanix and/or Rubrik download pages.



Nutanix AHV: removing corrupted images from catalog

For some reason I managed to upload images into Nutanix AHV image catalog that were corrupted. This might be a browser related issue, I have to do some digging in order to find root cause for the problem.

One symptom of image corruption was that all the controls for the image were missing from the Prism GUI. The image was there, but no controls and there was no way to remove the corrupted image.


  • Login into one of the CVMs as nutanix user
  • Launch acropolis CLI: acli
  • List images: image.list
  • Delete images: image.delete

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Visio by DPTPB: 4-Node NetApp AFF A700 Fabric MetroCluster sample drawing

I’ve haven’t had pleasure to design a solution based on AFF A700 platform yet, maybe one glorious day… Quite often performance / capacity requirements can be fulfilled with lesser platforms like AFF A300 or even AFF A200.

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Gone Golfing – see you in autumn

Woke up today and decided that life is too short and I’d like to spend my summer playing golf rather than working.

I have given two-week notice required by law to my current employer. If you have any outstanding business with me, please reach out within next two weeks. Other than that I’d like to thank all end-customers, resellers and various vendor reps that I’ve had pleasure to work with.

What will you do next?

Don’t know yet. My plan is to take it easy for few months and start serious job hunting around August – September timeframe.

Visio by DPTPB: NetApp FAS/AFF Controller Stencil (V2)

Apr 24, 2017 Visio by DPTPB release update notes

Updated NetApp FAS / AFF DPTPB Visio stencils to follow V2 design where all data is within top-level shape and rear view shapes have connection points for rack placement

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Visio by DPTPB: NetApp AFF A300 Quad-Path SAS cabling sample drawing

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Experimenting with SAS Quad-Path cabling and my new  V2 stencils. AFF A300 with four DS224C shelves

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Visio by DPTPB: Rack Stencil (V2)

April 24, 2017 Visio by DPTPB release update notes

Shape placement and spacing with the original V1 DPTPB rack shapes has been a manual process. Fairly easy to do, but still required some effort. I’ve addressed placement / spacing issues with new dynamic rack shapes with automatic placing for both front and rear view rack shapes.

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