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Azure Visio Shapes & Stencils


Azure VisioA few years ago, David Pullman posted a blog entitled “Windows Azure Design Patterns, Part 1: Architectural Symbols“, within which he released a large number of very useful symbols to represent all of the artifacts, resources, etc. that can be found in Azure. He was kind enough to release the icons in EMF and PNG format but not as Visio shapes. Thankfully a generous software architect by the name of Ricardo later released the same symbols for Visio. In addition, Simon Hart has also made available a number of additional Azure Visio shapes more aligned with the Microsoft Patterns & Practice’s look and feel.

These Visio shapes are an incredibly useful resource for those architects wishing to construct Azure diagrams for a variety of different scenarios. Unfortunately Microsoft hasn’t released any shapes or stencils for the Azure space, even in the latest release of Visio 2013. Shape samples and links to the aforementioned resources are provided below.

Ricardo – Technophobie

Ricardo’s shapes can be download from his post: “Windows Azure Architecture symbols/Visio Template Azure“.

Simon Hart

Simon Hart’s shapes can be found on his post “How to Create Architecture Diagrams Like the Microsoft P&P Team Using Visio 2010“.
Simon Hart


It’s always great to see the community contributing these types of resources, and I for one am personally thankful for their efforts.


Author: Bernie

I currently live and work in the UK, just outside of London. I've been working in IT for 15+ years and in that time have solved many technical problems via blogs, forums, tutorials etc. and feel like I should be giving something back. This blog post is my way of contributing and I hope it proves just as useful to others as their contributions have to me.

6 thoughts on “Azure Visio Shapes & Stencils

  1. The link to Simon Hart shapes is broken.

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  3. What kind of license are these released under? Can they be used in an opensource software product?

  4. Note that Microsoft now has and official set of shapes in Visio and PowerPoint available at .

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