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• SharePoint Designer with Visio: Create diagrams in Visio, import them into SharePoint
Designer, and publish them to the SharePoint environment.
• Commenting: Users can add comments to Visio diagrams and see comments posted by others.
We’ll discuss these later in this chapter, but first we’ll take a look the architecture and building blocks of Visio Services.
Figure 2-11 shows the components a Visio Services environment. Visio Services is loaded into and becomes an
integral part of SharePoint Server 2013, which runs on Windows Server 2008 R2 in conjunction with IIS, SQL Server,
and Windows Identity foundation (formerly known as Geneva Framework). Visio Services can run in both hosted and
Figure 2-11. The architecture of a Visio Services 2013 environment
■ hosted environments are platforms provided by external vendors on which you can run your own applications.
You might have some access to the physical servers and file system, but it can be rather limited. still, this can be a very
cost-effective solution that can reduce a lot of your operating costs. Nonhosted or in-house environments, on the other
hand, are fully controlled by your own organization. these are physical servers commissioned in your own network that
you have full access to.
To understand the architecture, take a look at the life cycle of a Visio drawing, as shown in Figure 2-12 . A designer
or a business analyst retrieves data from one of the supported data sources and creates a Visio diagram. He saves it as
a drawing file (.vsdx), and then uploads or publishes the diagram to the SharePoint Server document. Visio Services
then renders this document by accessing the data source and displaying the output to the end user(s) in either
Silverlight or as a PNG file. Note that you don’t actually need a data source.
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