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Active Directory Topology Diagrammer 2.2 was released a few weeks ago. This Visio functionality is not new. In former Visio versions, you could just import the Active Directory structure directly. The main advantage of the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer is its greater flexibility. Several filters allow you to decide which Active Directory components you want to import. This is especially useful for large organizations.
Active Directory topology in Visio
You can filter domains, organizational units, sites, Exchange, Active Directory Applications Partitions, DFS Replication, and servers. Each filter has a tab where you can configure additional options. For instance, you can specify the OU level, intra-site connections, SMTP connections in Exchange, and many more.
Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer
After you configure all your settings and tell AD Topology Diagrammer which domain controller to connect to, you have to click "Discover." This will connect the tool to your Active Directory. Clicking "Draw" will launch Visio with the imported Active Directory structure. You can then edit the diagrams.
Active Directory Topology Diagrammer 2.2 requires .NET Framework Version 2.0 and Visio 2003 or newer.