Visio by DBTPB: NX-5155-G6 & NX-8155-G6 Dynamic Front View Visio Shapes


Dynamic shapes DPTPB NX-5155-G6 & NX-8155-G6

Since there are very little differences between NX-5155-G6 and NX-8155-G6 I will cover both of them in this post, rather than making separate post for each one. NX-5155-G6 and NX-8155-G6  share the same visual appearance and disk layouts. The only minor difference is disk sizes supported with NX-5155-G6 and NX-8155-G6.

  • Dynamic disk labels
    • Change disk label color and text via “Shape Data” “Disk layout” pull-down menu
    • Disk activity lights are turned on only if a disk is present in a disk layout

  • Disk layouts
    • Hybrid
      • 4xSSD+8xHDD
      • 2xSSD+10xHDD
    • All Flash
      • 2x/4x/6x/8x/10x/12xSSD
    • Hybrid with Self Encrypting Drives (SED)
      • 4xSED SSD + 8x SED HDD
      • 2xSED SSD + 10x SED HDD
    • All Flash with Self Encrypting Drives (SED)
      • 2x/4x/6x/8x/10x/12xSED SSD
    • NVMe + SSD
      • 4xNVMe+4xSSD
      • 4xNVMe+6xSSD
      • 4xNVMe+8xSSD
  • Disk labels are color coded
    • Light Green label = SSD
    • Light Blue label = HDD
    • Orange label = SSD (SED)
    • Black label = HDD (SED)
    • Gray label = NVMe

Using “Shape data” Window to modify the dynamic shapes

  • Access “Shape Data” window (Visio 2016)
    • “View” – “Task Panes” – “Shape Data”
    • or
    • Select a shape – Right Click – “Data” – “Shape Data”
  • “Shape Data” menus are also Dynamic
    • It shows only relevant info / sections
    • For example if you choose All Flash disk layout, you can only choose the size of SSD drives, no menu for HDD size
  • Use pull-down menus to change the appearance of the shape

“Shape Data” menu


“Select Disk Layout” menu expanded


  • Depending on your selection disk label colors are changed
  • Depending on your disk layout selection only relevant disk size menus are shown
      • i.e if your selected disk layout contains only SSD drives, only SSD size menu is shown, no HDD size menu is shown
  • You can also turn off labels (and disk activity leds) totally by selecting “No Label + LED On” or “No Label + LED off”

“Select SSD Size” menu expanded


  • Depending on your selection the label text changes
  • To have label just show color, not text, select the first line, empty line
  • To have label show color and disk type, select the second line
  • To have label show color, disk type and size, select third+ lines

“Select HDD Size” menu expanded


“Select SED SSD Size” menu expanded


“Select SED HDD Size” menu expanded


“Select NMVe Size” menu expanded



NX-5155-G6 / NX-8155-G6 Hybrid

Picture: NX-8155-G6 Hybrid, 2×7.68TB SSD  + 10x12TB HDD


Picture: NX-5155-G6 Hybrid, 4×3.84TB SSD  + 8x8TB HDD 


NX-5155-G6 / NX-8155-G6 All Flash

Picture: NX-8155-G6 All Flash, 8×3.84TB SSD 


Picture: NX-5155-G6 All Flash, 10×1.92TB SSD 


NX-5155-G6 / NX-8155-G6 Hybrid with Self Encrypting Drives (SED)

Picture: NX-8155-G6 Hybrid (SED), 4×1.92TB SED SSD + 8x6TB  SED HDD 


Picture: NX-5155-G6 Hybrid (SED), 2×3.84TB SED SSD + 10x8TB  SED HDD


NX-5155-G6 / NX-8155-G6 All Flash with Self Encrypting Drives (SED)

Picture: NX-8155-G6 All Flash (SED), 6x960GB SED SSD


Picture: NX-5155-G6 All Flash (SED), 12×1.92TB SED SSD


NX-5155-G6 / NX-8155-G6 NVMe + SSD

Picture: NX-8155-G6 NVMe + SSD, 4×3.84TB NVMe + 8×7.68TB SSD 


Picture: NX-5155-G6 NVMe + SSD, 4×1.6TB NVMe + 6×3.84TB SSD


NX-5155-G6 / NX-8155-G6 Only disk type shown

Picture: NX-8155-G6 NVMe, 4xNVMe + 4xSSD 


NX-5155-G6 / NX-8155-G6 No Labels + LED On

Picture: NX-8155-G6 No Labels + LED On


NX-5155-G6 / NX-8155-G6 No Labels + LED Off

Picture: NX-5155-G6 No Labels + LED Off



  • The text on label is shown only when using scales from 1:2 to 1:16
    • The smallest font that Visio can render is 1pt
    • At 1:16 the disk label text font size is 1 pt
    • At 1:10 the disk  label text font size is 1.6 pt
    • At 1:20 the label text font size would have to be less than 1 pt, but Visio would render the font to be 1 pt in size and the text would not fit with in the label box
  • Dynamic shapes are slower to use than the normal shapes
    • Lot’s of code associated with the shape
    • Many dynamic elements with the shape
    • The initial placement from stencil to drawing might take up to 15 seconds or more, depending how powerful your computer is
    • Once a dynamic shape has been used once in a drawing, subsequent placements from stencil to drawing are faster
  • At the moment there is no logic for checking that the SSD and HDD combinations are actually supported
    • With Nutanix models using  3.5″ drives
      • your SSD size selection might limit the HDD sizes that can be used
      • or vice versa your HDD selection might limit your SSD size selection
      • For example with some NX models it is not supported to use smaller 480GB/960Gb/1.92TB SSD drives with larger 6TB/8TB/12TB HDDs
      • Nutanix documentation around this issue is bit hazy and supported disk combinations might vary between NX models and AOS releases -> Not so easy to make disk combination checks
  • Dynamic shapes should also work with Visio “Blank Page” template and page setting “No Scale”. But it is highly recommended to use scaled drawings (1:2 to 1:16), as “No Scale” drawings can cause much headache and unpredictable results.


  • This was a beta version of the shape and has been superseded by a new stencil containing both front and rear view dynamic shapes, for more info please read:

    Unofficial DPTPB Nutanix Dynamic Visio Shapes: Intro

  • or
  • Just download the updated dynamic stencil package from Nutanix Downloads
  • NX-5155-G6 Dynamic Front View Shape
  • Sample NX-8155-G6 Dynamic Front View Shape
  • Not an Official Nutanix shape
  • Use at your own risk, no guarantees


  • Please leave feedback, the only way to make the shapes better, is to get feedback


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