Unofficial DPTPB Nutanix Dynamic Visio Shapes: NX-3170-G7 & Minor updates

In my earlier post describing NX-8170-G7 and NX-3170-G6 DPTPB Nutanix Dynamic Visio shapes, I was surprised to see that NX-8170-G7 only supported NVMe drives and I was missing a direct G7 generation equivalent for NX-3170-G6. It seems that I wasn’t the only one missing NX-3170-G7 and after all Nutanix decided to introduce NX-3170 also with G7 generation.

So it is time for me to update my Unofficial DPTPB Nutanix Dynamic Visio shape collection. Additionally there has been some changes in supported disk / NIC combinations for existing G7 generation NX appliances and I’ve modified the shapes to reflect these changes.

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Visio by DPTPB: Maintaining font size while ungrouping background images

Yesterday I wrote about possible solution for issue related using Windows Enhanced Metafiles, an issue originally identified in post Visio by DPTPB: Reducing size of complex Visio shapes V2.

In my original post I also identified another possible issue with ungrouping an image. This issue is related to the fact that Visio cannot render fonts that are smaller than 1 pt in size. With some images there is some text, like “UID” or “USB”, to label some elements of the image. And once you ungroup that image, the text size suddenly increases.

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Visio By DPTPB: Reducing size of Picture Alignment Box

Last year when I was working on the official Nutanix stencil set, I discovered a new way of reducing the size of  complex (background) images. In post Visio by DPTPB: Reducing size of complex Visio shapes V2 I described how to:

  • Take an existing single object Visio background image
  • Ungroup it to many individual Visio objects
  • Make required changes to individual objects or add new individual objects
  • Convert group of individual images back to single image again

Above technique is based on using “Windows Enhanced Metafile” images and “Paste Special” feature.

Why is this technique beneficial?

Resulting single object image is (much) less complex and (much,much) faster to use than image made of multiple objects. A good way to optimize your complex Visio shapes (and reverse engineer and modify existing third party Visio shapes).

Unfortunately there was a tiny issue with the solution…

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Unofficial DPTPB Nutanix Dynamic Visio Shapes: NX-3155G-G7 & NX-3155G-G6

More in depth notes regarding NX-3155G-G7 & NX-3155G-G6 Dynamic Visio shapes.

While NX-3155G-G7/G6 front-view shapes are as easy to use any other dynamic shapes, mixing NICs and GPUs with NX-3155G-7 and NX-3155G-G6 rear view shapes has added some complexity.

You might save some headaches by checking this documentation before trying the NX-3155G-G7 and NX-3155G-G6 rear-view shapes, if you opt to NOT to use automated placement of NICs/GPUs and decide to place them manually. Even more so than with NX-3170-G6.

In dynamic / automatic mode NX-3155G-Gx rear view shapes are as easy to use as any other dynamic shape and should not cause any headaches.

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Unofficial DPTPB Nutanix Dynamic Visio Shapes: NX-8170-G7 & NX-3170-G6

More in depth notes regarding NX-8170-G7 & NX-3170-G6 Dynamic Visio shapes.

While NX-8170-G7 & NX-3170-G6 front-view shapes are as easy to use any as other dynamic shapes. Mixing NICs and GPUs with NX-3170-G6 rear view shapes has added some complexity.

You might avoid having some headaches by reading this documentation before trying the NX-3170-G6 rear view shapes, if you opt to NOT to use automated placement of NICs/GPUs and decide to place them manually.

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