Visio by DPTPB: Updated NetApp Sample Drawings + Bug Fixes

April 10, 2017 Visio by DPTPB update notes

Executive Summary

  • Minor update to DPTPB stencil collection
  • Updated all NetApp sample drawings to use V2 style switch and cable shapes
  • Additional Rubrik Sample Drawings
  • Few bug fixes

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Nutanix AHV + Brocade using native VLAN per port

Got one of our Nutanix demo boxes back from the field a while ago and set it up again in our demo lab.

Our lab network is VLAN segmented and the last time I did similar exercise, I had to set Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) to send tagged frames also for management (CVM/Hypevisor) traffic. Instructions for this can be found from Virtual LANs for your Acropolis Hypervisor Virtual Machines. This includes modifying bridge “br0” on all AHV hosts , one AHV host at time. And setting each Controller Virtual Machine (CVM) to use VLAN tagging.

However in the post above Nutanix recommends CVM and Hypervisor traffic to use “untagged” (or native VLAN).

I was wondering whether you could use native VLAN setting for management traffic by modifying switch configuration and skip making changes to AHV hosts and CVMs. It would be much easier especially if you have many AHV hosts. Just log in to your switch and make changes in one place rather than logging into each and every AHV host / CVM separately.

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Visio by DPTPB: Nutanix stencils (V2)

March 15, 2017 update notes for Visio by DPTPB stencil collection

Executive Summary

  • Completely rebuilt/redesigned DPTPB Nutanix Visio stencil
  • Bye-bye for original Nutanix rear view shapes
    • I was never a fan of the original raster image based Nutanix shapes
    • So I made my own modular vector image based Nutanix rear view shapes
  • All rear view Nutanix DPTPB Visio shapes come now with connection points for easier shape placement
  • Separate NIC shapes
  • Data is now within top-level shapes
    • Like with all new style DPTPB shapes
    • Easier to access “Shape Data” window by clicking top-level shape
      • Not really a problem with Nutanix shapes, but was a major source of frustration with switch shapes
      • Now both Nutanix and Switch shapes behave similarly
    • Both front and rear view shapes

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Visio by DPTPB: Back to Drawing Board

March 15, 2017 update notes for Visio by DPTPB stencil collection.

This release is geared more towards ease of use of existing DPTPB Visio stencils rather than releasing many new shapes. There are some visual improvements, especially with Nutanix stencil, no more blurry raster based shapes, I’ve built my own vector-based Nutanix shapes.

It may look like much haven’t changed, but the changes are quite dramatic under the hood. I’ve changed the way DPTPB Visio shapes are used and built, both for easier usage and shape maintenance. This took quite a lot of work, in fact so much work that I don’t simply have enough time on my hands to update all my stencils to new style in one go.

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Visio by DPTPB: Nutanix shapes

Feb 17,2017 update notes for Visio by DPTPB stencil collection, part 1

The first iteration of Nutanix shapes in Visio by DPTPB stencil collection. This has been on my to-do-list for a while and I haven’t put too much effort into it, few reasons for that:

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Visio by DPTPB: Front View Nutanix Shapes

Feb 17,2017 update notes for Visio by DPTPB stencil collection, part 2

Front View shapes are in-scale shapes, meant be used with front view rack shapes. Each shape has a label (nodel model number).

Picture: Nutanix NX-3460-G5 DPTPB shape (front view)

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Visio by DPTPB: Rear View Nutanix shapes

Feb 17,2017 update notes for Visio by DPTPB stencil collection, part 3

Rear view shapes are based on the original Nutanix shapes. Like with front view shapes there are additional elements and data associated with the shape.

Rear view shapes are slightly different than front view shapes. Rear view drawings are not in scale, so that there is more room to draw cabling and other elements required for documentation purposes. Elements like nodes and switches are grouped together in grouping boxes. This way you can get a high-level view of the solution without zooming in too much. To get more detailed information, you can zoom in to see details like port labels and such. For more info on rear view shape usage, please visit DPTPB generic rear view shape documentation

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