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The descent into Spreadsheet Chaos – One worksheet at a time!

By Robert Cowham

This post is the first in a series of lessons learned working with customers and helping them document their infrastructures. Probably the most common tool used for documenting infrastructures is the humble spreadsheet, and of course the majority are in Excel. And for simple needs it usually does a good job.

The …

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Floor tiles and creating drill down diagrams – SMS Utils v1.4

In our latest SMS Visio Utils V1.4 we’ve added “drill down” capability that links 10s or 100s of diagrams together – simply and easily! You can drill down from a floor plan to cabinets, from a campus to a building, a WAN to a LAN, a device to a chassis layout, etc. This is the …

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Free half day seminar Mapping Data Centre Infrastructure – 5 June 2013

In our free half day seminar we’ll be covering how to quickly map and maintain understanding of data centre and technical infrastructure. Our speakers cover a range of skills and approaches – with data centre mapping forming part of their work.

This seminar will focus on better ways of documenting critical data centre infrastructure and …

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Public Visio Courses in London for June and July 2013

quote open“The course brought home to me the power already embedded in Visio, and gave me the ability to understand and use that power much more effectively in my job.” – Dave Davis, Xyratex (7 years experience with Visio priquote closeor to the course)

We will be running our public Visio for IT Professionals training course …

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Visio Infrastructure Diagramming Made Easy – Workshop Tuesday 21 May 2013

In this full day workshop we’ll be showing techniques and tips on how to get the best out of MS Visio for documenting IT systems and infrastructure. While many IT specialists use MS Visio, few have ever had any training in automation techniques so valuable engineer’s time is wasted.

We will cover Visio techniques that: …

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How to document IT Infrastructure – Free Half day Seminar in Belgium on 19 Feb 2013

This free half day seminar is being run by David Cuthbertson and Phil Spring. It is a joint event between Square Mile Systems and Idealphil sprl.

Venue:

Axis Parc Conference Centre, 
Axis Parc,
Rue Fond Cattelain, 1
1435 Mont-Saint-Guibert
MAP

There are two sessions to choose from:

Morning session: …

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SolarWinds Orion integration with AssetGen

We are pleased to announce an integration between AssetGen and SolarWinds Orion. 

Why Integrate?

  • Complete tasks faster – such as trouble shooting
  • Understanding the causes of service disruption – for planning and capacity management as well as decision making
  • Understand manage risks and dependencies – information is up-to-date and validate discovered nodes (and missing ones!)

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Download presentation: How to Document Campus Infrastructures

David Cuthbertson presented at the BICSI Pub Club event which was well attended and his presentation on “How to Document Campus Infrastructures” was well received.

The presentation is available online. If you would like a copy of the PowerPoint original, then please contact us.

David has also joined the BICSI UK Steering Committee …

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Change, Configuration and Release Management Techniques for Data Centers and networks

This webinar was presented by David Cuthbertson and Robert Cowham showing some of the challenges for data centers and infrastructure and the relevance of CCRM techniques.

You can:

End user experience of IT systems depends on good change, configuration and release management (CCRM) techniques to be in place. …

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“Select by data” feature – part of SMS Visio Utils 1.2

See our new version 1.2 of the SMS Visio Utils – a free Visio addin providing functionality such as Data Center Floor Layout, Diagram Organizer and Diagram Publisher modules.

This update has the new “Select by Data” feature.

Select by Data - part of SMS Visio Utils

Select by data – click for larger image

Have you ever been frustrated that Visio’s built-in “Select …

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