NetApp Management Switches

Rear view shapes for Management switches are used to document management network cabling. This is NetApp specific stencil as there is only one management switch, NetApp CN1601.


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Original Switch shapes by:

  • NetApp

Switch Grouping Box:

  • Switches are grouped together in pairs inside a Switch Grouping Box
  • Properties for Switch Grouping Box
    • Switch Type:
      • Typically switch speed
    • If switch type is denoted with “*”
      • Indicates that this is customer supplied
  • Grouping boxes come in two form factor
    • Rack
      • To be placed in the same rack as other gear
    • Mid
      • To be place between the racks

Switch variants:

NetApp Switches:

NetApp CN1601


  • 16-port 1 GbE switch with RJ-45 connectors

Switch Properties:

  • Click swich shape to show data in Shape Data Window
    • Switch Number
    • Site Name for Switch (typically only used with MetroCluster)
    • Switch Name Body
    • Edit as required and device label will change accordingly

Screenshot: NetApp CN1601 switch shapes in Visio Shapes Window:


Port assignment box:

  • Click the shape to show data in Shape Data Window
    • Use pull-down menus to assign correct port combinations
    • Text in shape will be changed accordingly
    • Only if suitable port combinations cannot be found in shape data pull-down menus,  then edit text manually but this will break connection to data

Make your own Switch rear view Shapes:


Mgmt switch stencil includes empty Mgmt Switch Groping boxes. These grouping boxes are equipped with “anchoring” points so that you can pull a 19″ wide switch into the shape and place it correctly.

If you do make your own shapes, you will have to edit the label of the switch manually, I am using “Calibri” 6pt font for switch names.

Additionally data in switch port assignment box might not match your switch / use case, edit as required.

On top of “Rack” form factor empty shapes, there are also two  “Mid” 2×4/12d form factor shapes