Showing posts with label Visio. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Visio. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Windows Azure (and cloud services) Symbol and Icon Set (Visio, PPT, PNG)

Microsoft Downloads - Windows Azure Symbol/Icon Set

This package contains a set of symbols/icons to visually represent features of and systems that use Windows Azure and related technologies. The symbols are in Microsoft Visio, Microsoft PowerPoint and Portable Network Graphics (PNG) formats.

Version: 1.04

Date Published: 2/18/2014

Windows Azure Symbols ALL, 3.1 MB

This package contains a set of symbols/icons to help you create visual representations of systems that use Windows Azure and related technologies. Feel free to use the symbols in your architectural diagrams and training docs.

Snap of the zip;


Here are the PNG's;


You had me at "visual studio"... :)

The number of different tech items are pretty cool too. From MySQL, BitBucket, GIT and more.

Related Past Post XRef:
Icons/symbols to draw pretty Azure design diagrams...

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Creative Commons UI Design Pattern Library from Yahoo, (aka Yahoo Design Stencil Kit version 1.0) in Visio, PDF, PNG and more formats

Yahoo Design Pattern Library

Download a Stencil Kit

Yahoo Design Stencil Kit version 1.0 is available for OmniGraffle, Visio (XML), Adobe Illustrator (PDF and SVG), and Adobe Photoshop (PNG), and covers the following topics:

  • Ad Units
  • Calendars
  • Carousels
  • Charts and Tables
  • UI Controls
  • Form Element
  • Grids
  • Menus and Buttons
  • Mobile - General
  • Mobile - iPhone
  • Navigation and Pagination
  • OS Element
  • Placeholder Text
  • Screen Resolutions
  • Tabs
  • Windows and Containers



While not very Microsoft'y, this looks like a great UI design resource.

(via Chris Hopkins' Blog - UI Design Shapes)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Shaping up Office 2013 with these 300 Visio icon stencil...

Microsoft Downloads - New Office Visio Stencil

This stencil contains more than 300 icons to help you create visual representations of Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office 365 deployments including Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.

Version: 1.0
Date published: 12/18/2012

Language: English

FLEX_Stencil_121412.vss, 3.9 MB

Creating visual representations of your Microsoft Office and Office 365 architectures, including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync is a helpful way to communicate your deployment. This Visio stencil provides more than 300 icons -- many depicting servers, server roles, services and applications -- that you can use in architecture diagrams, charts, and posters. These icons are primarily centered around deployments of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 as well as hybrid Office 365 deployments of aforementioned technologies.


With all the Office 2013, Office 365 news this, and in recent, weeks I can image that a few of you will be creating docs and diagrams that might need some 2013 wave look and feel... sorry for not including a screenshot, but I just realized I don't have Visio on this box. What! I know! Guess when I get to a fat pipe, it's time to download it (or maybe jump to Office 2013... hum... ;)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Visio Crime Scenes Add-in

Microsoft Downloads - Microsoft Visio Crime Scenes Add-in

If you are using Visio 2000 (SR-1) or an earlier version and you have never installed the Crime Scenes solution before, or if you have the 1995 version of the solution, install this add-in.

Quick details

Version: 5.0
Date published: 8/29/2012


CrimeScenes.exe, 1.2 MB

You need this download if:

  • You have never installed the Crime Scenes solution before.
  • You have the 1995 version of the Crime Scenes solution.

If you are using Visio 2000 (SR-1) or an earlier version and you have never installed the Crime Scenes solution before, or if you have the 1995 version of the solution, install this add-in. For users of the earlier version, this add-in improves the installation process and makes the solution's templates and stencils accessible through the New command on the File menu and in the Choose Drawing Type dialog box.


Files installed with the Crime Scenes update
Visio product folder
Crime Scenes Readme.txt
Solutions License Agreement.txt

Visio\Solutions\Crime Scenes folder
Large Site.vst
Medium Site.vst
Small Site.vst

Visio\Help folder


I don't know if this works with a modern version of Visio, but I still think it's kind of neat none the less (I've been watching WAY to many crime dramas on

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Shaping up Visio Cloud diagrams with these Windows Azure Shapes

Buck Woody - Windows Azure Visio Shapes

Normally when I diagram a solution for a customer, I use whatever they are comfortable with. I do most of my work these days in OneNote, especially when it’s an Architecture Design Session (ADS), since I can capture notes, handwriting, drawings, web pages, whiteboards, camera shots and even voice. In fact you can search on most of those.

Simplicity is the rule – I just want to capture enough data to move to the next phase of the project and ensure everyone understands what we are doing. When we get to that next phase, I like to use Visio. It’s a vector-based drawing and diagraming tool, which means you can zoom in or out a great deal without a loss of definition, in most cases. For complicated diagrams, this is essential.

The basic shapes in Visio are fine – and there are some computer and network shapes I use there all the time. But I wanted something that would show the basic parts of Windows Azure, from our IaaS to our PaaS to the SaaS shapes, as well as security federation providers like Google or Yahoo that you can leverage in Azure.


..." [GD: Click through for the download link]

Seems like Visio isn't getting much love or attention these days, not that I'm saying it's dead or dying just that it's not the new shiny right now. So anyway, when I saw this and since the cloud IS the new shiny, well then there you go!

Monday, January 09, 2012

Microsoft Desktop Tech Proof of Concept Jumpstart Kit v3.0 Virtual Machine - Tons of TLA's, one big VHD

Microsoft Downloads - Proof of Concept Jumpstart Kit v3.0

The PoC Jumpstart provides resources to deploy a desktop PoC with Windows 7 SP1, Office 2010, Internet Explorer 9, and Application Virtualization with Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack technology.

Version: 3.0
Date Published: 1/9/2012

Language: English

This self-contained, self-service kit will help you complete a Proof-of -Concept (PoC) at your organization, allowing you to quickly evaluate the new Microsoft desktop technologies, including Windows 7 SP1, Office 2010 Pro Plus, Internet Explorer 9, and Application Virtualization with Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack technology App-V. It will also familiarize you with some of the important deployment tools provided by Microsoft to assist with your broader deployment efforts. This PoC is not meant to be a comprehensive training mechanism but rather an introductory set of modules to familiarize you with tools and technologies.

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition – A platform that helps IT Professionals increase the flexibility and reliability of their server infrastructure.
  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) – A tool to assess your hardware readiness for Windows 7 and Office 2010.
  • Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) – A tool to assess your software readiness for Windows 7 and Office 2010.
  • Microsoft Office Migration and Planning Manager (OMPM) – A tool to assess and upgrade Office versions and files.
  • Microsoft Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT) – A tool to assess Office add-ins.
  • Microsoft Office Code Compatibility Inspector (OCCI) – A tool guide remediation of Office VBA code.
  • Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) – A tool guide management and customization of group policy settings
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit – A tool to create, configure, and deploy custom images, applications, and components.
  • Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial image – This evaluation edition forms the base image for deployment on client computers.
  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 – Evaluation version - both MSI and App-V sequenced package.
  • Microsoft Visio Premium 2010 – Evaluation version.
  • Microsoft Project Professional 2010 – Evaluation version.
  • Office 2010 with Application Virtualization – This system is deployed virtually to streamline and centralize operations.
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Evaluation Edition – This database system is used to store tool results.

The PoC Jumpstart is intended to show you that an upgrade to new Microsoft Optimized Desktop technologies can be seamless, feasible, easy and cost-effective. The PoC Jumpstart will also shed light on the deployment process (tools and technologies) and give your organization confidence for undertaking a broader deployment motion. After completion of the PoC, you should have a test environment setup that will allow you to evaluate the various features of the Microsoft Optimized Desktop and help you make informed decisions to meet your business needs.


Here's the direct download links for your download manager of choice...

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Community created Forward Engineer Database Diagrams Addin for Visio 2010 (Think "Diagram to T-SQL," like in past versions, but with source)

James Serra's Blog - Create SQL Server scripts with Visio 2010

"If you are using Visio 2010 and creating tables via the Database Model Diagram template, you may be surprised to learn there is not a way to build CREATE TABLE scripts from your resulting diagram. The last release that supported that was the Enterprise Architect version of Visio 2003, which required Visual Studio 2005 to be installed.

But there is help. There is an open source project from Alberto Ferrari that is an add-in for Visio 2010 that allows you to generate SQL Scripts from your database diagram. The resulting script has the create table statements, the alter table statements to add foreign key constraints and indexes, and even creates the code to drop objects if they already exist. Alberto’s blog post about it is here, and you can download the add-in at Visio Forward Engineer Addin (NOTE: I could not get it to install properly until I first installed Microsoft .NET Framework 4).


Alberto Ferrari - Visio Forward Engineer Addin for Office 2010

"Most of my database model are written with Visio. I don’t want to start a digression whether Visio is good or not to build a simple data model: Visio is enough for my modeling needs and customers love its colours and the ability to open the model with Office when I need to discuss it with them. When I have finished modeling, I generate the database and everything works fine.

Nevertheless, Microsoft seems not to like the forward engineer capabilities of Visio. The last release that supports forward engineering is the Enterprise Architect version of Visio 2003, which requires Visual Studio 2005 to be installed on the box. Since I am really tired to install old releases of Visio just to perform forward engineer (moreover, the 2003 release does not support the new data types) I decided it was time to follow the standard approach to Microsoft products: “if Microsoft does not help, do not ask, do it by yourself”.

Thus, I wrote an Office add-in that performs forward engineer of a Visio database model to SQL Server. It does not support any other database driver and has some big limitations, since the library that should let programmers have access to the underlying Visio data model is non documented and full of uninplemented interfaces. Thus, I needed to collect information over the web, searching for people who tried the same before me. Nevertheless, for a standard data model it works fine and saves me to the need to install old software on new computers. :)

It has two basic functions, available through a new ribbon:


CodePlex - Visio Forward Engineer Addin

"Project Description
Somehow Microsoft decided not to include this feature in 2010 version of Visio.

Visio Forward Engineer Addin for Visio 2010, adds the ability to generate the database scripts directly from the database model defined in Visio 2010. It is developed in C#.


The original idea of this project was developed by Alberto Ferrari*. The original project can be found at

This project has two main versions:

  • Version 1.0 that is Alberto's original version that was cleaned and created an automatized setup.
  • Version 2.x that is a completely rewritten project that offers many new features and improved code base.

Version 1.0 is available for download, while version 2.x is still under development.


When creating database schemas I like boxes and lines.... I like diagramming my tables and views up front and visually seeing the relationships. I've found that doing that helps me better think through the model and iterate it until it's done "enough". At work I use ERWin, but for my home projects, I've not found a good package. I keep whining to Microsoft that Data Projects (i.e. Data Dude, etc) should have diagramming, but still no joy. I mean we can diagram code, why not databases? (I know, I know, it's not that easy, but still). So I used to use Visio, but after upgrading to 2010 that feature seems to have gone away. So being lazy I just did it the hard way, script, to diagram.

When I saw this, I knew I had to capture it for the next time I need to build a database.

The project looks stalled (no check-ins since March 2011) but since the source is available, if there're any issues, well, we can fix it ourselves! :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

1 page, 101 Office 2010 Code Samples

Office Developer Center - Office 101 Code Samples

"Microsoft Office 2010 gives you the tools needed to create powerful applications. These Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code samples can assist you in creating your own applications that perform specific functions or as a starting point to create more complex solutions.

Each code sample consists of approximately 5 to 50 lines of code demonstrating a distinct feature or feature set in VBA. Each sample includes comments describing the sample, and setup code so that you can run the code with expected results or the comments will explain how to set up the environment so that the sample code runs.)



That's an official boat load of Office 2010 code samples.... :)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Icons/symbols to draw pretty Azure design diagrams...

David Pallmann's Technology Blog - Windows Azure Design Patterns, Part 1: Architectural Symbols

"Today I am beginning a new article series on Windows Azure design patterns, which has been an interest of mine since Windows Azure debuted in 2008. Design patterns are usually expressed in a design pattern language which may also be accompanied by a symbology. In this first article we’ll describe the symbology we’ll be using in this series to represent Windows Azure design patterns in architectural diagrams, also used on my web site and in my upcoming book, The Windows Azure Handbook, Volume 2: Architecture.

We’ll explain the symbology progressively, but let’s start with an example to give you an idea of what we’re talking about. This diagram shows a hosted service with a web role and a worker role that uses a SQL Azure database. Now let’s take a look at the basic elements of the symbology, and by the end of the article we’ll look at a more complex example.




If you doing cloud design documentation (or apps and such) these PNG's might come in handy.

Here's a snap;


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Visio Template Bonanza

The Road to Know Where - Microsoft Releases 20 Free Visio 2010 Templates & Diagrams

"Microsoft has released twenty (20) free Visio 2010 Templates & Diagrams



So I'm reading through Blake's list, "work... work... IT stuff... bla... bla... bla.. Comic... bla... bla... What was that? Comic Template?"

Microsoft Downloads - Microsoft Visio 2010: Office Comics Template

"This Visio 2010 template diagram includes the customized shapes and stencil the author uses to create new versions of the recurring comic.


The Office Offline Comic template was created by David Salaguinto, who is a writer and a cartoonist for Microsoft. This template diagram includes the customized shapes and stencil David uses to create new versions of the recurring comic. Also included is a sample cartoon page layout. This template is intended for anyone who has an interest in seeing how Visio can be used to create a cartoon or to use as a way to storyboard or graphically relay a story or dialog.Publisher- Microsoft


Comic template for Visio.. Shiny!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Visio “Cloud” Stencil/Shapes

John Goldsmith's visLog - Cloud shapes

“I came across a set of cloud computing images the other day and thought they’d make a nice Visio stencil set.  I contacted Josh Twist, the author, and you can now download the stencil from here[GD:Click through for the download link].  (If you want to download the original png’s then head over to Josh’s post titled ‘Cloud Artwork’.)

Note, all the hard work belongs to Josh – I’ve just added a few connection points and saved them as a new stencil (.vss).


(via The Joy of Code (aka Josh Twist) - Cloud artwork - now as Visio Stencils)

Because sometimes you just need pretty Visio Cloud Shapes… :)


Sunday, May 09, 2010

The one Microsoft Demo VM to rule them all? (Think “Win Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2, VS2010, SharePoint 2010, Office Web Apps 2010, FAST, Office Com Server, Exchange 2010, Office/Project/Visio 2010…”) [Now with Download URL’s for FDM]

Microsoft Downloads - 2010 Information Worker Demonstration and Evaluation Virtual Machine (RTM)

“This download contains a two Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Virtual Machine set for evaluating and demonstrating Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 and Project Server 2010.

Version: TBD
Date Published: 5/8/2010
Language: English
Download Size: 1 KB - 18566.9 MB*

Virtual machine “a” contains the following pre-configured software:

  1. Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Evaluation Edition x64, running as an Active Directory Domain Controller for the “CONTOSO.COM” domain with DNS and WINS
  2. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition with Analysis, Notification, and Reporting Services
  3. Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2
  4. Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
  5. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition
  6. Microsoft Office Web Applications
  7. Microsoft FAST Search for SharePoint 2010
  8. Microsoft Project Server 2010
  9. Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010
  10. Microsoft Visio 2010
  11. Microsoft Project 2010
  12. Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2

Virtual machine “b” contains the following pre-configured software:
  1. Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Evaluation Edition x64, joined to the “CONTOSO.COM” domain
  2. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Active directory has been preconfigured over 200 “demo” users with metadata in an organizational structure. All of these user profiles have been imported and indexed for search within SharePoint Server 2010.

Evaluation Period:

The Virtual Machines contained in this package are 180 day evaluations.  Additionally they will require activation, or re-arming, after a 10 day period after which they will shut down after 2 hours of continuous operation.  To "re-arm" the Virtual Machines use the shortcut provided under Start > All Programs > re-arm > Re-arm Windows (restart required).  This will reset the grace period for 10 days.  This can be done twice.  In order to activate Windows you must add a second network card to each VM in Hyper-V and connect it to the Internet.  Once connected you can activate Windows within the Virtual Machine and the VM will run for 180 days.


That’s quite the VM. A little something for everyone, IT, Dev or DBA… :)


Update #1 5/9/2010@10:15AM PDT:

Here’s the direct download URL’s (i.e. feed these to Free Download Manager [FDM] or like utility…)

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Use MSDN/TechNet Product Keys for Office Professional Plus 2010 or Visio Professional 2010 from before May 1st? Then your likely missing some features… (i.e. You may be using an ‘intended to enable Terminal Services capability.’ key)

Microsoft Support - MSDN and TechNet Subscribers who installed Office Professional Plus 2010 or Visio Professional 2010 before May 1, 2010 may not have all product features enabled (


MSDN and TechNet subscribers who obtained their product keys for Office Professional Plus 2010 and Visio Professional 2010 products earlier than May 1, 2010 may not see the following product features enabled.

Affected features

Visio Professional 2010

  • Data Connection

Office Professional Plus 2010

  • Create IRM documents and emails
  • Outlook Retention Policy
  • Outlook / Exchange Online Archiving (aka Managed Folders)
  • Create labels and barcodes
  • Initiate and complete workflows
  • Publish to PowerPoint Libraries
  • Publish to XL Services
Note: Subscribers who obtained product keys after May 1 have the correct keys.

To resolve this issue, customers who obtained their product keys between April 22 and May 1, 2010 will need to reactivate their products using the following steps in order to enable advanced features. Your key allocation will not be impacted.

The product key you originally obtained from MSDN is intended to enable Terminal Services capability. That product key enables installation and activation but does not enable all features. In order to use all of the functionality you must get the new product key that is now available. If you have existing installations of Office 2010 Pro Plus or Visio Professional 2010 with the original MSDN product key then you only need to configure the new key to activate the features. You can optionally use both product keys as needed but for new installations you should always use the new Office 2010 Pro Plus or Visio Professional 2010 key respectively.

Note: Customers are not required to download any new software or patches, only to obtain and activate new product keys.

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At least it’s easy to change the Product Keys…

(via Paul Clement - Notes from the Field - Did you install Office 2010 Plus or Visio 2010 Professional from Technet or MSDN - read on..…)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Creating Visio Diagrams without Visio – VisioAutomation & VisioVDX

Saveen Reddy's blog - Now on CodePlex – VisioVDX: a library to generate Visio VDX Files (without Visio)

“A follow-up to my previous post, as promised the library is now on CodePlex. You can find it checked in the source tree used by the VisioAutomation project.

If you browse the source code you’ll see a separate folder with the VisioVDX code in it.




Project Components

  • VisioAutomation - the core low-level library
  • VisioAutomation.Scripting - the a higher level library meant to be used by interactive tools
  • Visio Power Tools - a .NET Add-In for Visio 2007 that adds a new menu and UI tools to visio
  • VisioInteractive - provides a IronPython-based command-line experience (experimental)
  • VisioPS - provides a Powershell 2.0-based command-line experience (experimental)

Related Components in the Source Tree
  • VisioVDX - Create Visio VDX files without Visio installed


  • Writing managed-code Add-Ins for Visio 2007
  • Writing tools to automate Visio 2007 from command line
  • Use it as a reference to learn how to do common Visio automation tasks


I dig the idea of creating Visio diagrams without using automation (think server-side generation…)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Making pretty VM Visio diagrams with the free Virtualization Visio stencil from VESI (Virtualization EcoShell Initiative)

Dmitry’s PowerBlog: PowerShell and beyond - Free virtualization Visio stencil

“Need to create cool-looking Visio diagrams for your virtual, VMware, Hyper-V, etc. infrastructure? You can actually get one for free!

The folks at VESI (Virtualization EcoShell Initiative) have shared the stencil they are using for Visio reporting (the same stencil is also used in PowerGUI’s VMware PowerPack). Just go to the VESI downloads page, scroll to the bottom of the page and download the stencil” [Post Leach Level: 99%]

 VESI (Virtualization EcoShell Initiative)Downloads



We starting a VM initiative at work [snarky comments deleted], so I thought this might come in handy.


Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Visio SharePoint Template and Stencil

Ferry den Dopper's blog: Design for regular people and the real world - Visio template and stencil for designing SharePoint sites (beta)

"I am sharing my Visio template (with stencil) for designing SharePoint
sites. They are designed to assist interaction designers in prototyping
wireframes, together with all the other Visio stencils you can
find online

The template and stencil are free to use, just don't re-sell them or
distribute them under your own name. Because this is the first time that I
publish these tools, I release them as 'beta'. I will be adding more shapes in
the nearby future. If you have any suggestions for improvements, please drop me
a note.


The stencil offers some of the basic SharePoint webparts. Simply drag &
drop them and customize the list or library. I have included an empty webpart,
area-details webpart, document library, links list, events list, some custom
list views and a site directory. ..."

This is a cool Visio/WSS/SharePoint design download...

(via STEFANO DEMILIANI WeBlog - Visio stencils for designing Sharepoint sites )

Update #1 10/16/2008:
Updated URL to new site per head's up of the change from OP (thanks Ferry!)

Also if you're interested in this, then you might also be interested in Visio template for SharePoint 2007 too! :)