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Okay, okay, so maybe those aren’t the exact lyrics to Vitamin C’s “Graduation.” But as time has passed and technology has evolved, the role of SysAdmin has sort of graduated, too. From managing mainframes to servers, mainstream virtualization, the cloud and beyond, the past 10 years alone have seen some pretty dramatic shifts come to the role of the SysAdmin. And with so much on the horizon, one thing that’s certain is that we’ll see the role of SysAdmin evolve even more in the next 10 years.


So, to celebrate SysAdmins everywhere and in honor of SysAdmin Day 2015 coming up on July 31st, we’d like to hear your comments on how you think:


1. The role of SysAdmin has changed over the past 10 years

2. The role of SysAdmin will change over the next 10 years


Use the comments section below to share your thoughts on each by July 6th and we’ll give you 250 thwack points as a token of our appreciation (not that we need an excuse to show you our appreciation).

We have streamlined a new process to help you find the "What We're Working On" roadmaps provided by SolarWinds Product Managers.  Please pay attention to the changes below so you can ensure you've bookmarked the correct pages and receive notifications when a roadmap has been updated.


Before we get started, make sure you are logged in to your thwack account. You must be logged in in order to bookmark an item as instructed below.


As always, a good place to start when looking for SolarWinds product roadmaps is to click on the "Product Roadmaps" option in the global navigation. This guide will always be up to date with the latest and greatest. We have added the date of the latest update to the title of each post so you can easily see which roadmaps have recently changed.

  • Bookmark the What We're Working On Guide to receive updates when a new product roadmap update is available. This is exceptionally helpful for those of you with multiple products.


For individual product roadmaps, click on the link of interest which can be found in the What We're Working On Guide.



That's it! No further action is necessary once you've done this. These links will not change so as long as you have them bookmarked, you will always receive a notification when a roadmap is updated.  Please let us know if you have any questions!

Strap-on your helmet, secure your x-ray goggles, and set phasers to stun. It's time for a scavenger hunt! This month's thwack mission will take you to dangerous and exotic places as you search for security tips, issues, and more. As always, be prepared for any threats along your path. Collect clues, answer questions, and win awesome prizes! You are a go for launch in 3, 2, 1....


June Mission

Your task this month is to complete the Security Scavenger Hunt! Questions this month will focus on SolarWinds SIEM solution, Log & Event Manager. Throughout the month questions will open each day.  We are giving away prizes at the end of each week for those of you who correctly answer all 5 questions within that week.  If you can correctly answer all 20 questions before June 28th @ 11:59PM CDT, you'll be entered to win an Arcade Classics Cocktail Arcade Machine! Follow the schedule below for open/close times and prize details.


Mission Rules

  1. A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on June 1st.
  2. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until June 28th @ 11:59pm CST. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.
  3. Questions are a mixture of multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank.
    • Multiple choice - Only your first attempt counts. Double check your answers!
    • Fill-in-the-blank - If you answer correctly, the page will take you on to enter your thwack username. If you answer incorrectly, the page will simply refresh for you to try again.
  4. Answer all 5 questions within a given week and be entered to win a that week's prize. For example, if you correctly answer all 5 questions during week 1 (June 1 - 5) then your name will be in the week 1 drawing.
  5. Answer all 20 questions over the course of the month to be entered to win the grand prize: an Arcade Classics Cocktail Arcade Machine!
    • Drawing will be held on June 29th.
  6. 150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question.  There are 20 questions which means you can earn a maximum of 3,000 points for this mission.
    • Points/badges will be added to profiles once the mission has closed.


All questions open at 12AM CDT on their respective day.

Once a question has opened it will remain open until June 28th @ 11:59PM CDT.

Weekly Prizes






Week 1: Danalock Bluetooth Smartlock

Complete questions 1-5 by June 7 to be entered to win

June 1 - Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Week 2: Recover It USB

Complete questions 6-10 by June 14 to be entered to win

June 8 - Question 6

Question 7

Question 8

Question 9

Question 10

Week 3: USB Computer Microscope

Complete questions 11-15 by June 21 to be entered to win

June 15 - Question 11

Question 12

Question 13

Question 14

Question 15

Week 4: Dropcam

Complete questions 16-20 by June 28 to be entered to win

June 22 - Question 16

Question 17

Question 18

Question 19

Question 20

Correctly answer all 20 questions before June 28th @ 11:50PM CDT and you name will be entered to win the grand prize!

Arcade Classics Cocktail Arcade Machine

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