Unofficial DPTPB Nutanix Dynamic Visio Shapes: NX-1120S-G7 & Minor updates

Nutanix has released a new NX platform, NX-1120S-G7 a while ago. I’ve been waiting for Nutanix to update their official Visio stencils, but Nutanix seems to have lost interest in maintaining their official Visio stencil set.

So I decided to make my own NX-1120S-G7 Visio shape. As there were no original “donor” Visio shapes to be used as a base for the new shapes, I had to “eyeball” the new shapes, so they might not be 100% accurate, but are good enough…

While I was at it, I also made some minor updates to existing shapes, like new supported disk sizes / combinations, new 100GbE NICs and new GPU options.

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Unofficial DPTPB Nutanix Dynamic Visio Shapes: NX-8170-G7 with partially populated NVMe bays

In my earlier post describing NX-8170-G7 and NX-3170-G6 DPTPB Nutanix Dynamic Visio shapes, I was hoping more supported disk layouts for NX-8170-G7:

I am happy to finally see option to have a all-NVMe setup for the most I/O hungry workloads. But it is my sincere hope that Nutanix will add more supported disk layouts for NX-8170-G7. Or at least give us option to partially populate the NX-8170-G7 with NVMe drives.”

It seems that my wish has been granted 🙂 As of AOS 5.18 partial population of NVMe disk bays is now supported. (Only with with AHV, not with ESXi or Hyper-V, not sure why)

Making this update was fairly straightforward. Only one line of code changed, a list containing supported disk configurations for NX-8170-G7. The  dynamic nature of DPTPB shapes took care of the rest.

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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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