This is a stencil for Microsoft’s Visio 2013 for rack-mount objects.
The concept of this stencil is to make it very fast and easy to do the first planning stages for a rack project. The shapes / objects in this stencil are very abstract with just enough detail to easily identify what they are. They are all of the same scale, so you don’t waste time looking for stencils on the internet that fit together nicely.
In addition to that, everything is based on a 1U standard. That means if you have a physical piece of hardware that takes up 2U, you would stack two objects from this stencil to represent that 2U of space.
Here’s a video of it in action
(best viewed in 1080p full screen)
Example Rack Project
If you refer to the above image, starting from bottom up:
- UPS – this can represent two 1U units, or a single 2U unit.
- PDU – self explanatory
- Storage Units – for NAS/SAN or servers with lots of disks. Space on the left to add text such as SSD/SAS/SATA
- Servers – This can represent 1, 2 or 3U servers, again, stacking however many you need. All you need to do is drag and drop, and label accordingly.
- Empty 1U – blank 1U of space, use it/stack it as needed for empty space, either between objects or to show unused rack space.
- Patch Panel – represents the patch cables exiting the rack
- another PDU
Visio 2013 Abstract Rack Stencil