Posted by: kurtsh | November 18, 2008

TOOL: Visio 2007 Add-ins

There are lots of add-ins specifically for Visio 2007.  If you’re interested in diagramming topology or schema, this is the tool to do it in.

imageExchange Server 2007 Visio Add-in
The Microsoft® Office Visio® 2007 Professional Add-In makes it easy for Exchange administrators to visualize, explore, and communicate complex information. Instead of viewing single user data, administrators can create data-connected Visio diagrams that display data at a glance and dramatically increase productivity. You can diagram a Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 site topology, including sites, servers, and connections for an organization.

Disk Space imageMonitoring Add-in
(aka Near Real Time Server Storage Monitoring)
Microsoft Visio 2007 Add-in for Near Real Time Monitoring (NRTM) of Disk Space uses the new Data Graphics feature of Microsoft® Office Visio® 2007 Professional to display the results of server monitoring.  This add-in auto generates diagrams from Microsoft® Office Excel® or Microsoft® System Center Operations Manager 2007 as a data source. Let’s you decide on optimal threshold values for disk space and then monitors your hardware for disk space using WMI or Ops manager in near real time.

Folder Access Rights Map

Folder Access Rights Map Add-in
Folder Access Rights Map helps you see a shared folder’s setting conditions at a glance. It outputs the configurations and the Folder Access Rights of the shared folders on your file server to Microsoft Office Visio or Excel.
With Folder Access Rights Map, you can:
– Obtain shared folders from the Active Directory, list them and select them individually.
– Specify the number of layers in the folder hierarchy for output to Microsoft Office Visio or Excel.
– Display the setting conditions of shared access or NTFS access.
– Visually retrieve and display a folder which has a designated account.

Active Directory Topology Diagrammer Add-in
With the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool, you can read your Active Directory structure through Microsoft ActiveX® Data Objects (ADO). The Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool automates Microsoft® Office Visio® 2007 Professional to draw a diagram of the Active Directory Domain topology, your Active Directory Site topology, your OU structure or your current Exchange 200X Server Organization.

image Server Virtualization Add-In for Visio 2007 Pro
With over 70% of server hardware being under-utilized, this very valuable tool can draw a clear picture of your hardware utilization. This tool auto-generates the diagram of your rack and provides clear server details from a linked Excel template. Analyze your racks and servers using WMI or get the utilization data over time using the Operations Manager connection.
Use the virtualization button to see the before and after detailed diagram of your racks. See clearly where you have the opportunity to save on space and power.

image SQL Server Add-In
The SQL Assessment Add-In for Microsoft® Office Visio® 2007 Professional is a tool for IT administrators who need to continually interact with users during SQL server installations in any IT infrastructure.  
This add-in takes the input of SQL configuration prerequisites from users for SQL Server installations and shows them in a clear, easy to read diagram. The tool also allows you to see whether you can update your server configurations to the latest version of Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008

Baseline Security Analyzer Add-in
This Microsoft® Office Visio® 2007 Professional Add-In for Microsoft® Baseline Security Analyzer

Software Upgrade Assessment Add-in
Visio Add-in for Software Upgrades will help the IT/Datacenter Administrators and manager to assess the hardware and software installations on the Servers and user computers/laptops.
Use this valuable Add-in to assess your client and server infrastructure easily and simply using Visio 2007. Evaluate what hardware on the client side you can upgrade to the latest versions of Windows Vista of on Microsoft Office 2007. Assess your server infrastructure to check and see which versions of Windows server 2008 or SQL server 2008 you can run on your current infrastructure. All of this in an easy to use and understand Visio 2007 diagram which is automatically generated from and Excel template. Save time and money using this simple client and server assessment Add-in for Visio 2007.


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