Visio diag automations

Charles Wyble charles at
Sun Jul 19 18:46:01 UTC 2009

A CMDB is simply a database.

The data model I built in Access was essentially a CMDB.

So yes, it can be done.

Windows Data Access can be used with lots of things. That's all Viso 
uses for the integration.

I rather like

gsh at wrote:
> Has anybody done the same where a CMDB system was the data source?
> Rgds,
> ------Original Message------
> From: Charles Wyble
> To: nanog at
> Subject: Re: Visio diag automations
> Sent: Jul 19, 2009 17:49
> This is built into visio.
> You can link a drawing to an access database.
> I did that a few years back. For all the desktops and servers. Right 
> click on the icon pulled up all the data.
> Did layers... had the network jacks, furniture, computers, printers... 
> everything.
> Peter Hicks wrote:
>> Bobby Mac wrote:
>>> I have to create Visio diagrams for sales engagements for a webhosting
>>> provider.  I use the same template based on our standard architecture but
>>> vary the number/model/detail of the servers.  I am sick of the 
>>> cut-n-paste
>>> approach and am wondering who has automated some of these processes.  
>>> What I
>>> would like to do is provide a standard data file (excel, csv, ect..) and
>>> have that populate the detailed areas of the diagram.  My boss won't 
>>> pay for
>>> any software but I can use open source under XP or cygwin.
>> I attempted to do data-driven diagrams with Visio, but quickly gave up. 
>>  I don't think Visio is the right tool for the job.
>> Have you thought about writing the diagram in HTML+CSS and laying it out 
>> that way?
>> Diagramming is one of the biggest problems I've had in the 10+ years 
>> I've been doing networking.
>> Poggs
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