Contain elements within a node in a UML deployment diagram

  1. In a deployment diagram, drag a Node or Node Instance shape from the UML Deployment stencil onto the drawing page.

  2. Double-click the node to add a name, attributes, operations and other property values.

  3. Drag a corner selection handle to resize the node so it can accommodate the elements you want it to contain.

  4. Drag Component, Component Instance, and Object shapes on top of the Node shape, and then connect the shapes with dependency relationships where appropriate.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • Double-click each node. In the UML Node Properties dialog box, click Components. Under Choose the components which are deployed by this node, select the appropriate components, and then click OK.

    • Double-click each component. In the UML Component Properties dialog box, click Nodes. Under Choose the nodes which deploy this component, select the appropriate nodes, and then click OK.

      Important: Do not group a node and the shapes it contains. If you need to move a node and the elements within it, drag a selection rectangle around the node to select all the shapes, and then drag them to the position you want.

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