Visio by DPTPB: Update Notes for All Switch stencils

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

All data is now within top-level shape

  • Port Assignment box is still used, but only for displaying information
  • No need to click Port Assignment Box anymore
  • Instead just click the top-level shape and data is shown in “Shape Data” window
  • Data can be changed in “Shape Data” window
    • “SwitchLabel” Grouping Box shape linked to data
    • “SwitchRowsCols” Port Assignment box labels linked to data
    • Change data -> label changes
    • No vendor shape data used
      • Easier to make new vendor specific shapes
      • Just take existing shape
      • and replace existing switch shapes with new switch shapes
  • New data field “Switch Vendor”
    • Text field
    • Any text entered in this field is shown in top-level shape label
    • For example if using Dell switches
      • No DPTPB shape for Dell switches
      • Use DPTPB switch shape that has roughly the same amount of ports
      • Change Switch Vendor to “Dell”
  • Only exception to “Data-in-top-level-shape” is Metro switch shapes
    • Combination of existing switch shapes (two) and some cabling
    • Switch specific data is still held within switch shape
      • Have to click switch shape twice to access shape data

Connection points for rear view shapes

  • All rear view switch shapes now have connection points for easier placement
  • To match connection points made for rear view racks

Several data lists for Node / Port information changed

  • Original lists contained mostly port names that followed NetApp port naming conventions
    • Added more generic ports to node port lists: 1,2,3,4 and so on

New variable names in master shape sheet used for holding data related to switches

  • This way using new switches with existing drawings will not corrupt port assignments for old switches
  • This is Visio issue: If you add data in the middle of list containing for example port names, index used in old shapes will point to wrong position in the list and wrong port information is displayed

Increased node count to 200

  • Used to be 24 (Maximum size of NetApp CDOT Cluster)
  • With Nutanix there is no node count limit per cluster
    • show me a cluster with more than 200 nodes and I’ll increase the node count 🙂

Added generic port names to dual port node port lists

  • from “e0a|e0b”to “0|1”
    • More generic naming of node ports
  • Original shapes were using NetApp naming convention for node ports
    • Not so useful with other vendors
    • NetApp port names still included

Rear View Switch shape variants

  • Depending on switch type there can be different variants available
    • naming convention
      • rack or mid mounted switch
        • Rack mount when switch is in the same rack as rest of the gear
        • Mid mount when switch is in different rack than rest of the gear
          • Fits between rear view rack shapes
      • how many rows in port assignment box
        • single switch per row variants
          • 2×4
          • 2×6
          • 2×8
        • dual switch per row variants
          • 12d
          • 16d
          • dual variants are more usable with NetApp
            • Node ports in these shape are using NetApp node port naming convention by default
            • More generic node port names also included


Examples of Rack / Mid mounted switches

Picture: Rack mounted switch shape

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Picture: Mid mounted switch shape

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Examples of Switch Port Assignment boxes

Picture: 2×4 Switch Port Assignment box

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  • 2 x 4 rows, 4 rows per switch
  • Columns:
    • Switch number
    • Switch port
    • Node name
    • Node port
  • NetApp Node port naming convention used in example

Picture: 2×6 Switch Port Assignment box

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  • 2 x 6 rows, 6 rows per switch
  • Generic Node port naming convention used in example
  • Sometimes it is easier to document range of ports
    • first node
    • last node

Picture: 12d Switch Port Assignment box

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  • 12 dual rows
  • Each row represents two switches “1|2”
    • port “1/1” in switch 1
    • port “1/1” in switch 2
    • originating from one node
    • node ports organized in pairs “e0a|e0b” or “1|2”
  • More suitable to be used with NetApp

Picture: 2×8 Switch Port Assignment box

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  • 2 x 8 rows, 8 rows per switch

Picture: 16d Switch Port Assignment box

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  • 16 dual ports
  • Otherwise same as 12d

Changed all switch ports to tupple style naming convention

  • 10 GbE ports have “two” tupple name
    • 1/1
    • 1/2
    • 1/3
    • and so on
  • 40 GbE ports have “two” tupple name when operating in 40GbE mode
    • 1/1
    • 1/2
    • 1/3
    • and so on
    • With 40GbE switches a port can be split into four 10GbE ports
      • “three” tupple naming for such ports
      • Port 1/1 splits into four ports
        • 1/1/1
        • 1/1/2
        • 1/1/3
        • 1/1/4
  • Some switches can have more than one module or expansion slot
    • first number indicates the module number:
      • 1/1
      • 2/1
  • Some switches have vendor specific port naming
    • Brocade ICX 7250 is an example of such switches
      • 24 x 1GbE ports
      • 8 x  10GbE ports
    • 1 GbE ports are using normal two tupple names
      • 1/1
      • 1/24
    • 10 GbE ports are named differently
      • 1/X1
      • 1/X8

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