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dwe12
dwe12

Regarding Diagram #6: What is the purpose of "Prometheus"? Web Server? File Server? If file server, what's the purpose of Mnemosyne? Extra HD space?

dwe12
dwe12

What is the purpose of "Prometheus"? Web Server? File Server? If file server, what's the purpose of Mnemosyne? Extra HD space?

jturner
jturner

or did some of these look like network diagram by Farmville??

jbmv
jbmv

I like #8.

mukababi
mukababi

So, when are you going to share with us what apps they used to create these. We liked 1,2, and 4 the best. We use Visio and will probably redo ours to this style (currently we are more like 3 and 6). If there are better tools for this we'd like to know what they are. Grazie

lucasm007
lucasm007

This Diagram is the preferred view for Network Topologies. This is the exact same format that I use in my work. I am an Engineer with over 20 years in this field. Even though the other with their 3D perspective are nice to look at they do nothing for being informative. The 3D views are for those stupid managers who know nothing about the business excepts to make our life more difficult.

prhowe
prhowe

I love the legend. 300M WiFi .. I wish we could get 300M. But I do love #8, 9 & 10.

talibhas
talibhas

It's good to understand about connectivity for the MAN network.

arjaym
arjaym

I go to #9 and #10. Pretty neat and very clean. I think it was designed the structure well.

russgalleywood
russgalleywood

Anyone know what software was used to produce numbers 8 and 10? I'd quite like to make mine look like that :)

techyback
techyback

Image two provided me with a panic attack when I could really see how much equipment is actually under some Admin control. Awesome diagram!

genethomas
genethomas

Petty good! Now if you could publish you actual symbols so othes gould make their net diagram much quicker

hlachman
hlachman

Nice diagrams.. comme about a thought for network plans..

dawgit
dawgit

None seemed to show an allowance for expansion (or contraction). There was also (at least what I saw) no differential between leased vs. owned equipment or infrastructure. These are important factors.

tomkinsr
tomkinsr

The number three diagram is probably OK to convey a concept but fails to adequately document a network infrastructure. A proper document would consist of a number of diagrams and there would be references to tables and or charts that provided detailed information. The one thing on number three that makes me hate it it the, etc... There should never, ever be an etc... As a Technical Writer and Technologist, whenever I see etc..., I almost always believe that the person using etc... is trying to make things look more impressive. To me, etc... conveys that you ran out of things to say, but couldn't stop saying it. etc... means you don't have firm grasp on what it is you are talking about. In technology, there is no room for etc...

info
info

@dwe12 Errr... software/role is listed under the name of each system.


That's a pretty impressive home network. Almost as impressive as #4. If THAT is a home network, I'll just quit IT and take up basket weaving or something right now...

Michael_Miller
Michael_Miller

It is possible to create the "3D" type drawings using Visio. The view is called isometric. You will need a grid and a few special setting changes in Visio though. Also, you will need the special stencils. Here is good place to start: http://www.visguy.com/

goberkofler
goberkofler

I thought, that I've to built a network like this...! It seems, that this case is likely structured and looks easy to overview and to managing. I have built my home-network like this scheme and I manage this network very easy! In further time I want to buy a new laptop and then I don't want to have any trouble with placing this laptop in my home-network! Greetz from Gerhard from A

dmessana
dmessana

i have to say that my inital intent in creating this diagram was to study for my CCNA and then CCNP, but it did give me a good understanding of the connectivity and redundancy needed for the MAN. Anyone studying or getting started, i highly reccomend diving into a pile of equipment with some CBTs and a good book, create a new design each time and then take it apart and do it all over again.

alexisgarcia72
alexisgarcia72

Diagram 8 and 10 are amazing. I don't know where this guy get this special "font" to create such amazing diagrams. I believe they are using some special BETA versions of VISIO 2012 or something like that..

balaji.gp3
balaji.gp3

Hi Am a System admin, I would like to present a network diagram. Which software did you used .please let me know about it. Please reply. Thanks alot.

smason
smason

tomkinsr wrote: "In technology, there is no room for etc... " Uh ohh... Most of my config files are in /etc Where should I move them to?

pgit
pgit

I don't see any "etc" on the third diagram. Nor in 2 or 4, you must mean a different one?

mcmurphy510
mcmurphy510

@info @dwe12 If you read the title to #4 (on the actual diagram, upper right, halfway blocked out), it says:  New York City Metropolitan Area Network"

rtapera
rtapera

should have been saying ho ho ho since it's the season! this one's a cracker, can't stop laughing.

garnerl
garnerl

The "etc" is at the very top. This is a case where it's probably not the best option. Either enumerate all the related locations, or list them separately and change the label top "Main Offices" or something. I think that someone brought in as a consultant and given the diagram wouldn't know what the "etc" locations are, or how they differ from the others shown on the diagram.

BDTPrez
BDTPrez

Another nice program i have used is "Visual Thought". It is free and very easy to use.

pgit
pgit

Might be the diagram is a make-believe company. Still, I agree now that's a big 'etc.' I'd give it a footnote at least, and list the "etc's" in their entirety. It would be very embarrassing if the CEO works at the "etc" office, or the company was founded 'there.'