For those of that use Visio and have had the opportunity to move to Visio 2007 Professional, I wanted to bring this site to your attention and point you to a collection of sweet Visio Connectors that can help improve your view and assist you in managing your environment.
Here is a brief synopsis of some of the tools and connectors available at the Microsoft Visio Toolbox (http://visiotoolbox.com):
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer for Visio
The Visio Connector for MBSA is an add-in that extends the functionality of network diagrams created in Visio 2007 Professional. With properly entered Shape Data of each computer shape (Network Name, IP Address ), the Visio Connector for MBSA displays a smart tag when you hover over a computer shape, enabling you to perform a MBSA scan from the diagram. Alternatively, you can import existing MBSA scan results using the MBSA menu. The Visio 2007 Connector for MBSA displays color-coded results on the diagram that represents the baseline security status of your network. Detailed baseline security reports can be displayed in a report window by selecting an individual computer shape.
Visio for SQL Server Connector
Visio Infrastructure for SQL Servers is a tool which is meant for IT administrators who require constant interactions with the users for the installations of the SQL server in any IT infrastructure. This tool eases the constant communication between the end user and the administrator where administrators will have a ready to install visual representation of data which can be executed later to build the infrastructures efficiently. This diagrammatic representation of SQL Servers with the configuration data of each server will help installation implementation with less communication with the end user. The objective of this tool is to prove the capabilities of Visio to draw the effective diagrams using Visio SDK.
SCOM & SCCM Connector
With Microsoft Visio 2007 Pro the user now has the ability to connect data to diagrams and use data graphics to make the visualization more meaningful and impactful. The OpsManager and ConfigManager Solution for Visio 2007 Pro helps you visualize your key reports. Using the solutions framework which utilizes an easy to configure web server component provided for your environment you can now easily connect data from OpsManager and ConfigManager in Visio 2007 Pro.
Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer
With the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool, you can read your Active Directory structure through Microsoft ActiveX® Data Objects (ADO). The Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool automates Microsoft Office Visio to draw a diagram of the Active Directory Domain topology, your Active Directory Site topology, your OU structure or your current Exchange 200X Server Organization. With the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool, you can also draw partial Information from your Active Directory, like only one Domain or one site. The objects are linked together, and arranged in a reasonable layout that you can later interactively work with the objects in Microsoft Office Visio.
Near Real Time Monitoring Connector
Microsoft Visio 2007 Connector for Near Real Time Monitoring (NRTM) of Disk Space uses the new Data Graphics feature of Visio 2007 to display the results of server monitoring. This application enables effective integration of Microsoft Office Visio 2007 with the service management solution System Center Operations Manager 2007. The Visio 2007 Connector helps to view the results of monitoring servers as a clear, comprehensive Visio network diagram.
The Microsoft Office Visio 2007 WBS Modeler is intended to improve the project planning process by giving the opportunity to generate Project Plans from a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) using a graphical representation of elements. The Application enables effective integration of Microsoft Office Visio 2007 with Microsoft Office Project 2007. It provides an approach to visually and graphically create, edit and modify project plans using Visio 2007.
The Icon Set Builder provides a quick and easy way to create custom Icon Sets that you can use in the Data Graphics in your diagram. Just upload the images you want to use, then copy the resulting shape into your diagram or template. This copies in the icon set so that you can use it in other data graphics.