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Change shape property in Visio for Rack mounted equipment

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I'm trying to do a network equipment rack in Visio but having trouble changing U sizes of equipment.

For example I need to draw a 2U Rack mounted NAS, so I figure the "RAID Array" is a good shape to use for this.
Drag the shape onto my 42U Rack, only to find I can't reduce it's size bellow 3U.
I alter the shape properties to 2U and it dosn't stick!
I went into 'define shape data' and tried to blank out the formula for "Height in U's" from "BOUND(2,0,FALSE,3,12)".
While I can press OK the changes don't stick.

How do I draw a 2U NAS ?
Or a 1U Router ?
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As you've discovered, there's a whole lot going on in the rack-mounted shapes. Many of the shapes are amazingly flexible, but there are a lot of interdependent formulas, so making changes outside the boundaries of their designs is difficult.

You are probably better off looking for other shapes that meet your needs. Good sources of free shapes:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=46C2E389-F4C2-44DB-8E50-2DF45116151A&displaylang=en
http://www.visiocafe.com/
http://www.mtmnet.com/visio_icons.htm

Some free, some paid:
http://www.shapesource.com

Paid shapes:
http://www.visiostencils.com/home/index.aspx
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