Join me with a sigh of relief because the thwack Monthly Mission has returned!  Hopefully everyone had a relaxing weekend, and for those of you in the U.S.A., hoping you enjoyed an extended weekend for our Independence Day.  This month we're introducing SolarWinds' newest Free Tool, Response Time Viewer for Wireshark®.  This Free Tool analyzes packet capture (PCAP) files to calculate application and network response times, data volume and transaction count, and identify and classify over 1200 applications.  But before we get started, please make sure you've completed the thwack Monthly (Mini) Mission - June 2014.  This information must be associated with your thwack profile in order to participate in July's mission.  it should take you less than 5 minutes to complete and you'll earn up to 2,000 points for completing!


July's Mission

#DPIChallenge is the name of the game.  Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, a new question will be released about deep packet inspection using the RTV tool for Wireshark®.  Each week we're giving away $500 in Amazon gift cards to a few lucky winners.  Follow the rules below to play and as mentioned, make sure you've completed the thwack Monthly (Mini) Mission - June 2014.


  1. All questions will be released on our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.  Follow us on Twitter and/or LinkedIn to receive the links to each day's question.
    1. Follow us on Twitter @SWI_network
    2. Follow us on LinkedIn SolarWinds Network
  2. 1 question will be released every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning at 10am CDT on both our Twitter and LinkedIn handles.  Once a question opens, it will remain open until the end of the mission.
  3. Answer all 3 questions correctly throughout the week and you'll be entered to win 1 of 2 $200 Amazon gift cards - that's right, 2 winners each week!
  4. Only your first submission to each question will count - double check your answers before submitting.
  5. 250 points will be awarded for each correctly answered question.
    1. Points will be awarded at the end of the mission.
  6. There will be one BONUS round each week.  Simply make sure you're answering each of the daily questions because the BONUS task will be on the results page of a randomly selected question each week.  Those who complete the BONUS within 24 hours of opening will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card each week.



Follow @SWI_network or SolarWinds Network to receive updates and links to each question. 

Questions will be released at 10am CDT each day.


Mission launched

July 8

Question 1

July 9

Question 2

July 10

Question 3

Draw 2 winners for Week 1 - $200 each

Draw the BONUS winner for Week 1 - $100

July 15

Question 4

July 16

Question 5

July 17

Question 6

Draw 2 winners for Week 2 - $200 each

Draw the BONUS winner for Week 2 - $100

July 22

Question 7

July 23

Question 8

July 24

Question 9

Draw 2 winners for Week 3 - $200 each

Draw the BONUS winner for Week 3 - $100

July 29

Question 10

July 30

Question 11

July 31

Question 12

Draw 2 winners for Week 4 - $200 each

Draw the BONUS winner for Week 4 - $100

Mission closed