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PowerShell: Download Microsoft Azure, Cloud and Enterprise Symbol / Icon set for Visio

12:14 pm in Azure, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft CloudnEnterprise Symbols, Microsoft Visio, PowerShell, Visio, Visio Stencil by Wim Matthyssen


The Microsoft Azure, Cloud and Enterprise Symbol / Icon Set package is available as a free download from Microsoft and includes icons for almost all Azure services and Microsoft cloud related technologies currently available. These icons and PNG files come in handy when making visual representations in Azure related architectural designs or when making project documentation to deliver to a customer.

To automate the download and install process of this useful package, I wrote the below PowerShell script which does all of the following:

  • Download the file
  • Extract the ZIP file to the My Shapes folder (the My Shapes folder is the default-working folder for Visio and is created during the installation of Visio).
  • Delete the ZIP file after extraction.

Before running the script, you should keep the following things in mind:

  • The script will exit if the My Shapes folder does not exist, the advice I would give is to install Visio first before using the Symbols package.
  • The script will exit if the Symbols package v2.7 is already installed in the My Shapes folder.
  • The symbol package itself is supported on the following Operation Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
  • You should remove any previous version of the symbol set so you can avoid duplicate and deprecated symbols.

PowerShell script

If you prefer you can download the complete script from the TechNet gallery.




Use with Visio

To use these stencils with Visio, open Visio and create a new Blank Drawing or use any other available template. Select More Shapes – My Shapes – Microsoft_CloudnEnterprise_Symbols_v2.7KP – Symbols and select any of the available choices.



Use with Word

To use the .PNG files with Word, open Word and create a new Blank document. Select Insert – Pictures and browse to your My Shapes folder. Open the Symbols folder located under the Microsoft_CloudnEnterprise_Symbols_v2.7KP folder. Browse to a PNG folder located under any of the shown folders and there you can find all available .PNG files.






This concludes this blog post, have fun using all these Azure symbols to visual enhance your Visio or Word cloud designs.

Wim Matthyssen (@wmatthyssen)

Azure Backup: Upgrade your Recovery Services Vault to enable support for large disk backups

6:59 am in Azure, Azure Backup, Cloud, Recovery Services vault by Wim Matthyssen


On March 13, 2018 the Azure Backup team announced the general availability for backup of Azure IaaS Virtual Machines (VMs) with large disks (1 to 4 TB), both managed and unmanaged. At the same time they released a set of other improvements to speed up the overall backup and restore process.

To enable these new features a one-time, one-directional upgrade must be done for every Azure Subscription where you wish to use these enhancements. Good to know is that this VM backup stack upgrade, can be started from any vault in your Subscription and will retain all your existing policies and recovery points.


Upgrade procedure


Open the Azure portal and login with you Azure credentials.

Go to your Recovery Services vault dashboard, on the top of the blade you will need to click the banner which says Support for > 1 TB disk VMs and improvements to backup and restore speed ->. If you do need see a banner, you can open Properties, go to VM backup stack and click Upgrade.



The Upgrade to new VM backup stack blade will open. Click on Upgrade.


The upgrade procedure will start, be aware that this process could take up to two hours.


Have fun backing up Azure VMs with these new enhancements. Till next time!

Wim Matthyssen (@wmatthyssen)