The July Monthly Mission is now open!


There will be no June mission, she said...  No mission points or prizes, they said...  Well, folks here I am correcting my statement with a "mini" monthly mission!   We're gearing up for the return of the thwack Monthly Mission next month and there are a few things you'll need to complete before launch.  This is a prerequisite to the July mission so be sure to bookmark this blog post to be updated when the mission has launched.  You'll be awarded 50 points for bookmarking this post.


June Mini Mission

The upcoming July mission will involve social media as a means of engagement.  In order to track your progress, we need to associate your social profiles with your thwack profile.  At a minimum, we need the LinkedIn and/or Twitter portions of your thwack profile to be filled out.  We encourage you to also fill out any other social platform for which you have an account for (Google+ and Facebook) but LinkedIn and/or Twitter is a requirement to track your progress for the July mission. Follow the instructions below to add your LinkedIn profile and Twitter handle to your thwack profile. 

For each social platform profile field you fill out, you will earn 500 points. That's a possible 2,000 points for filling out all 4 profile fields.  These fields must be filled out by July 7, 2014 to be eligible for the points.  Points will be added to profiles during the week of July 7th.


  1. Navigate to edit your profile & privacy settings

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     2. You will be dropped on a page to edit your profile settings.  Scroll down until you see the fields for LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.  Enter your profile URLs in these fields.  Remember, we need either your LinkedIn and/or Twitter handle but feel free to add your Google+ and Facebook profile as well.

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     3. Next, you have the option to the edit privacy of these fields.  Scroll back up to the top of the page and click on "privacy settings".  Scroll down on that page and you'll notice that by default these fields will show to registered users.  You can change this option to only show these fields to yourself, your friends, or everyone.  After you've made your selection, save your changes.

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And you're done!  Remember, for each profile field you fill out, you will earn 500 points. That's a possible 2,000 points for filling out all 4 profile fields.

How much of a SolarWinds power user are you? While our products are obviously designed for professional IT shops, we’ve heard from some of you who have used the SolarWinds products you’ve come to love at work to solve problems and manage your home networks and systems, too. So, if you’ve ever used a SolarWinds product or free tool outside of work, we’d like to learn a little more about your experience and we invite you to take our very short survey. It shouldn’t take more than a minute or two. And to say thanks, you’ll earn 250 thwack points for completing it!  Points will be added to profiles once the survey closes.


Take the survey

I'm pleased to announce the release of Network Topology Mapper (NTM) 2.1.  Customers under active maintenance can find the new version on the customer portal.  If you're interested in NTM but don't own it, you can download a trial of the new version here.  NTM 2.1 includes the following new features:


  • SNMPv3 AES 192 & 256 encryption support
  • Support for VLAN discovery for Juniper®, HP®, 3Com, and others
  • Improvements to the way node properties are displayed
  • Enhanced help menu with built in SNMPWALK utility
  • UI tweaks including:
    • Interface names will be displayed up to an adjustable character count limit
    • Interface names, speed, and VLAN information can be exported to Visio®
    • More status information during the discovery scan process
  • Better merging algorithm when you run discovery on a map more than once
  • And much more!


For screenshots and more info, check out Cliton's product blog post.

It is my pleasure to announce the release of LEM 6.0.  Head on over to the customer portal to download your copy and enjoy the following new features (assuming you have active maintenance):

  • File Integrity Monitoring for Windows
    • Real-time monitoring of your files and folders including file reads, writes, deletes, permissions changes, and more
    • Real-time monitoring of your registry settings including key and value creates and deletes
    • A simple, intuitive interface that allows you to configure directories to watch, filename masks, and which types of events you want to monitor
    • Built-in templates to jump start your use of FIM to bolster compliance with PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, and many other compliance standards
  • New connectors for LOGbinder EX, Cisco®, VMware® and more
  • Significant performance enhancements for specific types of rules
  • Bug fixes, of course!


Check out the release notes for more detail, and be sure to watch our handy video on configuring FIM.

For more information and screenshots check out the product blog post for the RC.


Let me know what you think!

We’re getting ready for July 25 with a few fun projects. We need your help, though. We know System Administrators wear many hats and are often unsung heroes who do a whole lot more than what the “official” job description says. So, if you’re a SysAdmin—or even if you were previously a SysAdmin but have since changed roles—we’d like to invite you to take our very short survey on the kinds of functions you perform. We promise it won’t take more than a minute and you'll earn 250 thwack points for completing the survey. (And if you need us to send a gentle reminder to your boss to start shopping for gifts now, just let us know and we’ll give them a nudge.) 


Click here to start the survey

It is with the pride and pleasure to announce that we have reached General Availability for version 15.1 of Serv-U FTP Server and Serv-U MFT Server! This release is packed with many great new features and improvements. To mention few:


  • Completely Redesigned Management Console, which is now faster and with new modern fresh look
  • Domain setup wizard for File Sharing to make file sharing setup easier for new users
  • File Sharing Administration Options for granular control over file sharing on all levels
  • Automated File Management for removing and deleting old files
  • Ability to use Multiple SSH/SFTP keys per user
  • Shares for files, which are already on the server
  • Anonymous shares
  • Search in file shares
  • Custom Branding for File Sharing Guest UI
  • ... and many other bug fixes and other improvements


You can learn more about these features and more in previously posted SolarWinds Serv-U FTP & Serv-U MFT Server 15.1.0 Release Candidate is Available! post or in Release Notes.


Download Serv-U 15.1 now from your customer portal.

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