Unofficial DPTPB Nutanix Dynamic Visio Shapes: Custom Disk Sizes

In my previous post I covered DPTPB Dynamic shape usage in manual mode. At the end of the previous post I described briefly how to add new disk sizes to existing front view shapes and promised to deliver more detailed and safer instructions for adding new disk sizes.

The method I described earlier is based on manually editing shapesheet variables in master shapesheet. While not awfully difficult, manually editing might sound scary to users unfamiliar with Visio shapesheets and variables. Additionally manual operations always carry more risks.

Maybe there is a better way?

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Unofficial DPTPB Nutanix Dynamic Visio Shapes: Non-Dynamic mode

Having automation, like found in the DPTPB dynamic shapes which will automatically populate your shapes with additional elements, is usually a good thing.

One could compare automation to using GUI. It makes life easier and there are safeguards preventing users from making mistakes.

However automation without ability to override or handle exceptions might not be such a good thing. You are limited to what the automation can do and you might not be able to handle exceptions. One way to handle exceptions would be to provide CLI access with more freedom to do things in more manual fashion.

To give users freedom to handle exceptions or by-pass automation, I’ve designed the Dynamic shapes in a way that still allows the shapes to be used in manual (non-dynamic) mode, instead of relying on the built-in automation. In manual mode users can combine shapes as they desire without the built-in automation restricting their choices. And best of all (for CLI haters), no CLI required…

Just bear in mind: With more freedom comes more responsibility.

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Visio by DPTPB: Nutanix stencil G6 (Skylake) update, Vol3

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Now that it is holiday season and business has somewhat slowed down, I have time to update BPTPB Nutanix Visio stencil collection with new G6 generation hardware shapes.

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Visio by DPTPB: Nutanix stencil G6 (Skylake) update, Vol2

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Generation 6 (G6) Hardware for NX-1065 and NX-8035

Last week Nutanix published more info on G6 hardware NX-1065-G6 and NX-8035-G6. Support Portal NIC replacement instructions (requires login) contains detailed information on various NIC options and also front and rear view drawings of the new G6 hardware.

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Visio by DPTPB: Nutanix stencil G6 (Skylake) update

Block NX-3460-G6 IPMI

Nutanix seems to have done a soft launch for the next generation G6 hardware. I haven’t seen much marketing around this, but some information is already trickling down. For example HW specifications of G6 platform are already available at Nutanix website.

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