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MDG Technology for Microsoft Azure

The MDG Technology for Microsoft Azure provides a new Image library of graphics (icons and images) required to model Microsoft Azure deployments. The icons and images are provided by a Model Wizard framework pattern, which must be imported into your model before you can start creating diagrams that describe Microsoft Azure deployments. The Azure pattern contains over 350 Image Assets that can be dragged-and-dropped onto diagrams.

This feature is available in the Corporate, Unified and Ultimate Editions of Enterprise Architect, from Release 15.2.

Import the Microsoft Azure Patterns

Before you import the 'Microsoft Azure icons and images' pattern into your model, click on the Choose perspective button. icon and select the 'Analysis > Microsoft Azure' Perspective.

This automatically opens the Model Wizard on the 'Model Patterns' tab at the 'Microsoft Azure Perspective' page.

Click on the target Package in the Browser window, then on the 'Microsoft Azure icons and images' pattern and click on the Create Pattern(s) button.

Note: When you have the Images packet in your model, do not copy it to another location in the model or save it as XMI; always use the Model Wizard to import the pattern into a new model. The reason for this is copying the Image Assets will give them new GUIDs, which you do not want to do.

In the Model Wizard there are two example patterns that show typical use of the images in diagrams. This example is the Azure Multi-region Web App.

Create an Azure Diagram

You can create a diagram by right-clicking on its parent Package and selecting the 'Add Diagram' menu option to display the 'New Diagram' dialog.

If you do not have the Microsoft Azure Perspective selected, click on the drop-down arrow in the Type field and select 'Analysis > Microsoft Azure'.

In the 'Diagram' field type an appropriate name for the diagram, in the 'Select From panel' click on 'Microsoft Azure', and in the 'Diagram Types' panel click on 'Azure', and then click on the OK button. The 'Azure' page of the Diagram Toolbox opens, showing a small number of UML base element types for Azure. However, you create your diagrams using the images dragged onto the diagram from the Azure Library Packages that you imported, illustrated here:

Note that the Azure diagrams are automatically set to Custom Style, and when you right-click on an element in the diagram you can make use of the Custom Style icons on the Custom Styles Toolbar.

Each Package in the downloaded 'Microsoft Azure icons and images' pattern has a diagram that shows every image that is included in the Package.

To add one of these images to your diagram, locate it in the Browser window by either:

  • Searching for it by name or
  • Opening the diagram for the Package that you believe it should be in, finding it in the diagram and pressing Alt+G to highlight the Image Asset in the Browser window

Now drag-and-drop the Image Asset onto your diagram. You can choose to:

  • Add it as an element with an icon
  • Add it as an element with an image, or
  • (If you have made an element from the icon already) Add as link

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