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Is Microsoft Visio Standard 2010 good enough for basic network drawings and documentation?

Are there any major differences between Visio Standard and Visio Professional that justify the additional cost?
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Question by:wabob
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by:Kvistofta
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Hello

This comparison chart will probably help you:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/visio/visio-edition-comparison-FX101838162.aspx

Best regards
Kvistofta
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I use Standard for all of my company LAN and WAN design and documentation. With the use of stencils I get for free from VisioCafe at http://www.visiocafe.com/links.htm, I don't seem to be missing anything I really "need."

Hope this helps...
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Scott Helmers earned 125 total points
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Strictly from the drawing perspective, PRO includes more network and sever stencils. However, as TAWpower pointed out, you can download lots of stencils from VisioCafe and elsewhere to fill that gap.

One of the other reasons to consider moving to PRO is the ability to link your network drawings to an external data source. For example, you can keep all of your server config data in Excel, SQL, etc, and when it changes, you just click a button in Visio and your diagram has up-to-date data.

Also in PRO is the ability to use data graphics -- you can add icons and text callouts to your network shapes to add significant value to your drawing. For an example of what this can look like, click File>New in Visio 2010, then in the Other Ways to Get Started section, click Sample Diagrams, then double-click IT Asset Management. The display of server names and config data is all done with data graphics.

For links to information on both data graphics and data linking, refer to this question.
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