Download – Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 eBook

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 - Preview ReleaseTitle: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release
Author: Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Team
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Published: © 2013 by Microsoft Corporation
Pages: 108
ISBN: 978-0-7356-8293-1
File size: 5.1 MB
Price: FREE preview*
Download URL: Click here for download

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 – Cloud OS
  • Chapter 2 – Hyper-V
  • Chapter 3 – Storage
  • Chapter 4 – Failover Clustering
  • Chapter 5 – Networking
  • Chapter 6 – Other Enhancements

Description

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release (ISBN 9780735682931), by Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Team, introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based advice on how the platform can meet the needs of your business. Get the high-level overview you need to begin preparing your deployment now. This book is based on the Preview release and will be updated to cover Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM.

Download the PDF version of this title here (108 pages, 5.1 MB). UPDATE: The EPUB format is here and the MOBI format is here.

Watch for the lengthier RTM edition of this ebook later this year!

If you prefer a hard copy of the book, you can order it here from the official distributor, O’Reilly Media, for $9.99.

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Download Even More Free Visio Network Stencils

But wait, there’s more!

Here are a bunch of Microsoft Official Visio Stencils.

Visio Stencils for IT Pro PostersTitle: Visio Stencils for IT Pro Posters
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Published: 03/02/2009
Version: 1.0
Filename: ITPostersVisioTemplate.zip
File size: 603 KB
Download URL: Click here to download

Description:

Download this zip file of Microsoft Office Visio stencils to create your own diagrams for models of server deployments. For examples of how the IT pro content publishing team for Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, Microsoft Search Server 2008, and Windows SharePoint Services used these shapes, see these pages:

Sample content:

Visio Stencils for IT Pro Posters
More Visio Stencils for IT Pro Posters

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=11616

 

Visio shapes for SharePoint Server, Project Server, Search Server, and Office postersTitle: Visio shapes for SharePoint Server, Project Server, Search Server, and Office posters
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Published: 2/06/2010
Version: 1.0
Filename: ITPro_PosterStencils.zip
File size: 1.0 MB
Download URL: Click here to download

Description:
Visio shapes to use to create models of server deployment environments.

Sample content:

Visio shapes for SharePoint Server, Project Server, Search Server, and Office posters

More Visio shapes for SharePoint Server, Project Server, Search Server, and Office posters
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21480

 

New Office Visio StencilTitle: New Office Visio Stencil
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Published: 12/18/2012
Version: 1.0
Filename: FLEX_Stencil_121412.vss
File size: 3.9 MB
Download URL: Click here to download

Description:
This stencil contains more than 300 icons to help you create visual representations of Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office 365 deployments including Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.

Sample content:

New Office Visio Stencil
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35772

 

Office Visio Stencil for Exchange 2013Title: Office Visio Stencil for Exchange 2013
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Published: 1/25/2013
Version: Jan 2013
Filename: Exchange 2013 Office Visio Stencil.vss
File size: 2.0 MB
Download URL: Click here to download

Description:

This stencil contains Exchange 2013 specific icons to help you create visual representations of Microsoft Exchange 2013 deployments, including on-premises, hybrid, and Office 365.

Sample content:

Office Visio Stencil for Exchange 2013
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36448

 

Microsoft Exchange 2010 Visio StencilTitle: Microsoft Exchange 2010 Visio Stencil
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Published: 11/05/2010
Version: Nov 2010
Filename: Exchange2010.vss
File size: 6.2 MB
Download URL: Click here to download

Description:

Use this stencil to create Visio drawings that contain Exchange 2010 objects. These shapes include icons for the following:

  • Exchange 2010 server roles
  • Features new to Exchange 2010 SP1
  • Networking, telephony, and Unified Messaging objects
  • Active Directory and directory service objects
  • Client computers and devices
  • Other Exchange organization elements

Sample content:

Exchange 2010 Visio Stencil
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=6977

 

imageTitle: Lync Server 2010 Visio Stencil
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Published: 2/09/2011
Version: Feb 2011
Filename: LyncServer2010VisioStencil.vss
File size: 19.4 MB
Download URL: Click here to download

Description:

This stencil provides over 125 shapes to help you create a visual presentation of your Lync Server architecture.

Sample content:

Lync Server 2010 Visio Stencil
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20891

 

Rack Server Virtualization Template for Visio 2010Title: Rack Server Virtualization Template for Visio 2010
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Published: 10/17/2011
Version: 1.0
Filename: Rack_Server_Virtualization.vst
File size: 468 KB
Download URL: Click here to download

Description:

Get started with diagramming a virtualized rack server or data center environment with this Visio 2010 template.

Sample content:

Rack Server Virtualization Template for Visio 2010
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=27735

And some older ones…

Network Equipment Shapes for Microsoft Visio (38.3 MB)
(24 stencils, lots of older network objects from Dell, Compaq, Panduit, etc.)
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=4604

Software and Database Shapes for Microsoft Visio
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25110

Office Communications Server 2007 and 2007 R2 Visio
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=9194

Microsoft Office Visio Stencil Containing Shapes for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 (2.1 MB)
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=4290

Microsoft Office Visio Stencil Containing Shapes for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

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Download Free Visio Stencils for Network Documentation

Here are some free (and really nice) Visio stencils for networks to accompany the videos from KYSBSUG #114:

Hyper-V Virtualization Stencils
http://www.jonathancusson.com/tag/virtualization-stencil
http://www.jonathancusson.com/tag/virtualization-stencil 

Unofficial VMware Visio Stencils
(the ‘icons’ one mentioned in the presentation)
http://technodrone.blogspot.com/2013/04/vmware-visio.html
http://technodrone.blogspot.com/2013/04/vmware-visio.html

Visio Cafe
http://www.visiocafe.com
http://www.visiocafe.com

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KYSBSUG #114 – Documenting Networks with Visio 2013

This month at the Kentucky Small Business Server User Group (KYSBSUG) the presentation topic was “Using Microsoft Visio 2013 for Network Documentation”.

The presentation was recorded with Camtasia Studio 8 (Thanks TechSmith!) and uploaded to YouTube today for folks to view.

The presentation was broken into 3 sections:

  1. Visio 2013 Overview
  2. Network Documentation
  3. Creating Custom Shapes / Stencils

Pro Tip: If you click on the URL links below you can watch the videos full screen in HD (720p) on YouTube.com.

NoGeekLeftBehind YouTube Channel

Here are the 3 videos from KYSBSUG Meeting #114,
recorded Thursday August 15, 2013:

KYSBSUG #114 2013-08 – Visio 2013 Part 1
Visio 2013 Overview – Run time: 43:59
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHNEDoncMGU

Part 1 – Visio 2013 Overview

KYSBSUG #114 2013-08 – Visio 2013 Part 2
Network Documentation with Visio 2013 – Run time: 57:52
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVGtlkcR71I

Part 2 – Network Documentation with Visio

KYSBSUG #114 2013-08 – Visio 2013 Part 3
Creating Custom Shapes / Stencils – Run time: 30:06
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-odeJEtQ-U

Part 3 – Creating Custom Shapes / Stencils
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