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Hi Experts,

maybe you can help me with one tool.
I need a tool for documentation my whole network.
Do you know such good tools where I also can draw network plans ?
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If you need a commercial product, Microsoft Visio does an excellent job.

You don't mention your O/S, but If you are looking for open source on Linux (or are willing to be an early adopter for Windows or Mac), have a look at Kivio
Kivio 1.6.1
Kivio is part of the KOffice open source office suite. For flowcharting, network diagrams and all other graphing need Kivio solves them with an easy to user interface. As part of the KOffice office suite Kivio provides thight integration with the other application in the office suite. Advanced features include scriptable stencils and support for Dia stencils.

Hope this helps.
 

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Here's the link to Kivio:
http://www.koffice.org/kivio/
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can I use this Kivio on Windows OS ?

Where do I get more shapes or more templates for visio ?
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They say that Kivio can be used in Windows.  It is part of KOffice.  I will say I have not tried it myself.  I just mentioned it since I didn't know your o/s and it sounded like a possibility in case you are on a strict budget.

But here is some good news about Visio
1.  The toolset has always been pretty extensive and you can also import clip art or other graphcs.  so I would guess that you could grab any public domain clip art to fill in for any shap you are missing.
2.  They now have a 60-day free trial of a fully-functional version.  So I would check it out and see whether it already has all the shapes and templates that you need.  
http://visio.microsoft.com/en-us/TryBuy/TryVisio2010forFree/Pages/Try_Visio_2010_for_Free.aspx 

Hope this helps.
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and I download some stencils for vmware and dell

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