I need an Application to help me "Draw" my Network

I have been looking at some CISCO cource material and they have really nice little icons of routers and the way information flows etc.  I would really like to do something like this with some of the networks I care for.  I would be good to be able to drag the routers and switchs around, place some computers, servers and users, code them diferent tag them with information that sort of thing.  I would like to be able to pick up how to do with within a couple of hours.  I would like the software to have an icon for just about every device imaginable and I would like to be able to try it before I buy it.

Cheers,
Ice Raven.
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Luniz2k1Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Get yourself a copy of Microsoft Visio.  It can do all of this.
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pseudocyberCommented:
Ditto - THE program to do this is Visio.  Get Visio Professional to include most Networking/Computer Icons.  If you get Visio Enterprise - it will actually go out and discover your network and do a basic diagram for you, linking networks to each other to click on and follow.  You would have to tweak it, of course.

Additionally, there are third party Icon subscriptions which you can subscribe to which will get you an Icon for anything you can imagine IT wise.

http://office.microsoft.com/home/office.aspx?assetid=FX01085798&CTT=6&Origin=ES790020011033
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lrmooreConnect With a Mentor Commented:
With Visio, you can download hundreds of Cisco templates,  including all the standard blue/white icons, direct from Cisco web site.

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dramatix01Commented:
I "FOURTH" the motion to acquire Visio.  It is a great program for all types of diagramming.
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IceRavenAuthor Commented:
Also I have downloaded the trial version of Viso 2003, the icons supplied look like rubbish IMHO.

So where exactly do I get all the cisco Icons from the cisco website?  Or do I retreive them through Visio some how...

Anyone had experience with this kit?
http://microsoft.order-9.com/visiopro/splash.htm

Cheers,
IceRaven.
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IceRavenAuthor Commented:
Also...

Can someone give me a example of the one network, with two viso diagrams.  One with a pysical view and one with a logical view.

Cheers,
Ice Raven.
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dramatix01Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Go to this URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/prod_visio_icon_list.html and download the file called "2Visio-All Products.zip" (24MB download.)  This file contains all of the Cisco stencils.

Also, for your second comment, do you want an example Visio drawing of a sample network?

Regards,
Dave
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IceRavenAuthor Commented:
Yes please.

IceRaven.
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pseudocyberConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can have layers in the same visio document - you could have a physical layer, a hardware or MAC layer, and a logical IP layer.

I've also heard of a well known network consulting firm recommend dispensing with Visio icons and instead using shapes to differentiate different pieces of equipment.  It's all a matter of taste and style.
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