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Network Diagrams: Drawing Overlay Network Layers

Network diagrams that show overlay networks take some getting used to. Here is my current method for producing a stacked layers idea for overview.

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Network Diagrams: Choosing Better and Free Fonts

Making diagrams aesthetically appealing with visual impact is better documentation. Choosing the correct fonts on network diagrams will improve your network diagrams significantly. Here is some work on how to choose a good font and some recommendations on the best free fonts for your machine.

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Max OSX: Set Default Font in OmniGraffle

A quick tip on setting the Text Tool in OmniGraffle to your favourite font. I have my preferred font when creating diagrams and you set effectively make it the default font. There are two ways that involve the way you choose the Text Tool. One ‘trick’ is to press click and  hold on the Text Tool and […]

Network Diagrams: OmniGraffle Tip – Merging Shapes

In OmniGraffle, you often want to merge shapes together to create a single object, but you don’t want to lose resolution and you want them to scale properly. Grouping doesn’t help, but this does.

Network Diagrams: Rotating Text on a Line

You want to put text on a line, but it’s the wrong direction or along the line. Here’s how to get that right.

Network Diagrams: Tips for Printing from Visio

It seems that printing from Visio is not particularly obvious. So this post covers how I would print documents from A4 to A0 paper sizes and some tips on getting good results.

Network Diagrams:Zones on a diagram with Visio shape union

The post looks at using the Union of shapes in Visio to create unusal shaped objects. Especially useful when trying to draw zones to show the DMZ in dual layer firewall cluster.

Network Diagrams: Drawing complex VLAN Networks with IP Addressing

Following my previous articles, lets go a little deeper in labelling the VLAN created and ways to handle multiple VLANs on a diagram.

Network Diagrams: Drawing Freehand Curves (and then fixing them)

Continuing on with absurdly popular posts about making diagrams in Visio. Lets draw a line in freehand. It will be broken, because we aren’t artists so lets talk about how to fix it.

Network Diagrams:Aligning Shapes

In this post we are looking at aligning shapes in straight lines which will enhance your presentation.

Network Diagrams:Locking the Background Shape

Once you are using background shapes, you find that they keep on getting in the way. This post looks at how to lock the shape so you diagram over the top of it.

Network Diagrams: Labelling an VLAN/IP Segment

Lets build the Layer 3 segment from yesterday’s post into something you can use in a detailed design.

Network Diagrams: VLANs and IP Subnets

One of the most common items that we need to draw are VLANs and Layer 3 segment. Lets look at one way to create a useful shape.

Network Diagrams: Drawing the Background Shape

This post looks at how to draw the background shape and shaping following my previous posts on drawing network diagrams.

On the Art of Network Diagrams and Presentation

Network Diagrams are the most effective communication tools that are available for network engineers. Frankly, a document is nice, but often contains only supporting information. Lets take some time to look at how a good looking diagram can be made.

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