Listen up SolarWinds users! Has one (or two or five) of our products saved your bacon in more ways than you thought possible? Let us know!
Write a product review in the Spread the Word forum by answering ALL 4 of these questions and earn a $25 e-gift card from Amazon! International users pay attention - YOU'RE INCLUDED!
What was life like before using SolarWinds? (Include what you were using and why you decided it was time for a change)
Which SolarWinds product(s) saved your bacon?
Did you consider other options, and why did you choose SolarWinds?
How has life been since you've rolled out SolarWinds in your environment?
*copy/paste these questions directly into your post*
A few guidelines:
One gift card per person, not per review. We'd love to hear your experience with all of our products that apply to you so, compile them all into a single post.
Gift cards will be sent to the email address associated with your thwack account within 24-48 hours (not including weekends).
International users - you can spend your gift card here. This is a shortcut to find items that are eligible for international shipping.
Click here to write your review and be sure to select "SolarWinds Saved My Bacon" under Categories before posting.
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June Mission BONUS
Share your review for the June Mission on social media to earn 300 points per share and the Spread the Word badge (if you haven't already earned this badge). Please add screenshots of your share(s) in the comments section of your review post.
Heading to Microsoft TechEd in New Orleans next week? Vote for the Best of TechEd Awards, run by Windows IT Pro! SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is a finalist in the Virtualization category. Check it out and VOTE NOW.
Engineer’s Toolset delivers a comprehensive collection of must-have networking tools ranging across monitoring, discovery, and diagnostics tools. By taking advantage of Engineer’s Toolset you can quickly diagnose, isolate, and find the root cause to the problems affecting your network.
Join SolarWinds product management team for this webinar where you will learn:
Introduction to SolarWinds Workspace Studio
Top 10 commonly used tools in Engineer’s Toolset
Tips and Tricks for getting the most out of Engineers Toolset
Engineer’s Toolset integration with Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Engineer’s Toolset integration with Network Topology Mapper (NTM)
When is the webcast?
Register for this free webinar and learn about the best practices for getting the most out of Engineer’s Toolset.
As described in this blog post, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager v7.2 has reached Beta status. In the meantime, we have been working on further enhancements and improvements. One of the features we focused on is the possibility to attach End-of-Life information to nodes managed by NCM.
To participate in the Beta program, simply fill out this survey and you will be sent the download links for the Beta. (If you already subscribed, you don't have to do it again.)
Remember, Betas cannot be installed in production and you cannot upgrade the Beta to any other future versions.
Protecting your network from rogue devices just got real with the new User Device Tracker 3.0. With the latest release of UDT, you’re in control of who and what connects to your network. It’s like having your very own SWAT team at your fingertips.
No longer does your network have to be at the mercy of unknown or unsafe devices, which at the very least are consuming valuable IP space or bandwidth, and at the very worst, accessing confidential data or taking down the network.
UDT gives you the power to track endpoint activityand stop unwanted users and devices from wreaking havoc on your network!
Device Whitelisting: Define which devices are deemed safe for network access. Any devices connected to your network that are not on the whitelist will appear in the Rogue Devices resource list and an alert will be automatically generated.
Remote Port Shutdown: Being able to identify offending devices or unwanted network connections is one thing, but with no actionable controls, the problem remains unresolved. Therefore, it’s crucial to have controls like click-of-a-button port shutdown to stop threats and network problems in their tracks.
User Watch List: Flag users, in addition to devices, so you can be alerted every time they connect to the network. Whether for troubleshooting or security purposes, UDT will be your network’s watch dog.
So when you think SolarWinds User Device Tracker, think SWAT!
Secure network access
Whitelisting and watch lists
Active port shutdown
Tracking users and devices
SolarWinds User Device Tracker (UDT) delivers automated user and device tracking along with powerful switch port management so you can stay in control of who and what connects to your network. And, you can do it all from an easy-to-use, point-and-click Web interface!
We hope you can join us for the latest in our very popular Friday webcast series.
Getting the Most from Your Virtual Infrastructure: How to Optimize Usage and Save Money
Whether you have a small or large virtual infrastructure, it's important to keep an eye on application performance and physical hardware health as well as performance, capacity planning, and sprawl control for your virtual infrastructure. Having easy access to key monitoring metrics can directly impact your budget and SLAs. Join us for a concise webinar to learn more about our comprehensive approach to systems monitoring. We’ll also cover how to quickly troubleshoot performance issues and optimize your virtual infrastructure.
It’s that time again! In this action-packed episode, our geeks stage an action-packed virtual appliance install-battle. Then they configure and install SolarWinds great new (free!) alert management product – AlertCentral –all in way less than 20 minutes! We’ll have live chat with SolarWinds Geeks and experts before and after we air the show. Join us Thursday, May 2 at 1pm CST at lab.solarwinds.com.
Last week dozens of you were instrumental in helping us decide between two launch banners for SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager. We are pleased to announce that FSM v6.5 is generally available as of last night with the community chosen banner, of course. Anyway, it's time for a new mission and another chance for you to move up a few notches on the leader board.
New to FSM? Don't even own FSM? No worries. We've laid out the documentation/videos to ensure you can correctly answer each of the questions. Even if you miss all of the questions you'll earn 400 points for attempting the challenge.
You will not need to sign up for anything or fill in an email address. However, a few rules do apply. You will only receive points for your first attempt at completing the challenge (feel free to retake the challenge if you're dead set on finding all of the correct answers). Also, as mentioned, we are not collecting email addresses. Therefore, don't forget to enter your thwack username/ID at the end of the quiz so we know who you are. Once submitted, you'll be taken to the score page which will reflect how many points you've earned. Each question is worth 400 points. 7 correct answers = 2800 points (and so on...). The points and badge will be added to your profile within 24 to 48 hours.
So, take the challenge, earn some points, and if we're lucky, you'll spread the word about SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager or even try it for yourself.