Visio 2003 and "Custom Properties" from DB?


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Visio 2003 and "Custom Properties" from DB?

Postby wild_0ne » Sat, 06 Dec 2003 08:44:20 GMT

Does anyone know if you can pull the information in the "Custom
Properties" for an item on a diagram from a database? We are using
Visio 2003 for diagraming our infrastructure and I would like to be
able to pull this info (like serial #, RAM, CPU, etc.) from our
inventory DB (MS SQL DB) and have it populate into these properties. I
would just like a quick view of this info right from the Visio diagram
and not have to maintain the data in 2 seperate places. Thanks for
your help!

Re: Visio 2003 and "Custom Properties" from DB?

Postby John Marshall, MVP » Sat, 06 Dec 2003 20:39:38 GMT

This will require a bit of code, but it is doable. You can create an on drop
event that will request a key and then use the key to retrieve information
from the database to populate the shape. Or there are many other scenarios.

John...    Visio MVP

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Re: Visio 2003 and "Custom Properties" from DB?

Postby David Parker » Tue, 09 Dec 2003 06:08:03 GMT

Er, isn't that what the Database Wizard does already???


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