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1606_thwack_August-mission_728x90.jpg Welcome to THWACK Awards 2016!

We are thrilled to introduce the first annual THWACK Awards! Over the years your stories have inspired us and fueled our passion to continue to build our community and products into what our customers need to achieve incredible feats of IT on a daily basis. We decided it was high time we gave official recognition to individuals & teams who have gone above & beyond. This is your chance to show off a little bit & take a bow in front of your peers.

 

Submit your awe-inspiring IT story (or stories, we know you have them!) and our esteemed judging panel of SolarWinds Head Geeks will choose 4 finalists and 1 winner in each of our 6 categories! Winners will receive a customized trophy, THWACK badge, bragging rights, and maybe even a promotion once management finds out.

 

Everyone who submits a story will receive 500 THWACK points (to be awarded after the mission closes).

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July 25 - August 1st

We need YOU to decide what our "Community Wild Card Award" topic will be. Submit your suggestions on the official THWACK Awards 2016 page and make sure to vote on your favorites! Submission with the most votes will be our Community Wild Card Award.

 

August 1st - 26th

Accepting submission to all award categories.

 

September 14th & 15th, THWACKcamp 2016

Finalists and winners will be announced during our annual 2-day virtual knowledge share event and it's completely FREE!  Register now if you haven't already.

 

Award Categories

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IF YOU 'BUMP' IT, THE DAY WILL COME AWARD

Community voted award- An award for those Thwacknation user ideas out there, that have been bumped over and over, right into the "What we're working on" status. This award would recognize the Thwack users, as well as the SolarWinds employees, working together, towards the same goal, to always make the most current version of SolarWinds the best version.

 

Tell us about some of your notable contributions on THWACK that have been bumped into What we're working on status and or implemented status. Please share any relevant links to posts on THWACK.

Accepting submissions August 1st - 26th.

 

Submit your story>>

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INNOVATION AWARD

Paper clips, bubble gum, and duct tape are all you really need to solve any monitoring problem, but isn’t it nice to know that SolarWinds has your back when all else fails. This award is for the person that has used SolarWinds products in an innovative way to solve a problem. If you have ever wanted to make a jetpack using a pair of garden hoses, this award is for you!

 

Tell us the story of your most clever IT solution or how you improvised to avoid a catastrophic situation using Solarwinds. Accepting submissions August 1st - 26th.

 

Submit your story>>

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NINJA NODE AWARD

When you don’t have the proper tools in place to monitor with discipline, the dreaded you don’t know what you don’t know happens. What was the craziest thing that you found running on your network using SolarWinds products? Was it a fileserver running a seedy side business? Was it a game server running World of Warcraft instances for a certain department?

 

This award honors the moment you discover the insanity that exists when monitoring runs amok. Share your stories for a chance at glory and this award. Accepting submissions August 1st - 26th.

 

Submit your story>>

1606_thwack_August-mission_75x75_5.pngCARMEN SAN DIEGO AWARD

Size does matter. Does your SolarWinds deployment span the globe? Do you monitor with discipline across multiple time zones and geographical locations using SolarWinds products? If so, this award can be yours.

 

Share your stories about your SolarWinds deployment size and scale for a chance at glory and this award. Accepting submissions August 1st - 26th.

 

Submit your story>>

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SDK SUPERSTAR AWARD

SDK superstar, that is what you are. Coding from afar, SWQL-ing to the stars. API with me to another place. We can Orion on each other, uh huh. From one SWIS-er to another, uh huh.

 

Let us know what awesomeness you have unleashed using the SolarWinds Orion SDK with your SolarWinds products. You just might win this award. Share your stories and reach for this star. Accepting submissions August 1st - 26th.

 

Submit your story>>

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LEVEL UP AWARD

This award represents the opening of a new opportunity in an IT professional’s career through the use of SolarWinds products. An IT career can be a series of quests spanning IT knowledge and expertise. Completing each quest represents overcoming an IT trial or tribulation and putting it into practice. It represents the changing of the guard from the old you, culminating with a move on up the IT ladder to a new role with more authority and responsibility, and a new you!

 

The winner will be the one that is able to demonstrate how they have grown their IT career with SolarWinds products. Tell us how SolarWinds has helped you get the job that you wanted or the promotion that you deserved. If you have leveraged your career with SolarWinds as your monitoring tool of choice, share it with us and this award could be yours. Accepting submissions August 1st - 26th.

 

Submit your story>>

For more information, visit and bookmark the official THWACK Awards 2016 page.

I know we’ve been keeping all of you in suspense and you’ve been dying to know who the winners of the THWACKcamp VIP packages are.

 

Quick reminder on what this package includes:

  • Round trip airfare to Austin, TX to attend THWACKcamp in person
  • 2 Nights hotel stay on September 13th & 14th
  • 1 Paid dinner with SolarWinds THWACKcamp staff & other attendees
  • Option to bring +1 who will also receive all of the above

 

And our 3 lucky winners are…

 

Congratulations you 3! We’re so excited to have you come out for THWACKcamp this year!

 

To everyone else, there are still prizes up for grabs!

Register for THWACKcamp by the end of July to enter to win 1 of 5 THWACKcamp Pizza Parties for you & your team + a SWAG pack just for you!

jkuvlesk

New Live Course - NTA

Posted by jkuvlesk Employee Jul 18, 2016

The second annual IT Professionals Day is coming up quickly (the third Tuesday of every September, this year on September 20) and we’d like to ask for your help drawing more well-deserved attention to the important role you, the IT professionals of the world, play in modern business.

 

We’d like to invite you to take a short 2-3 minute survey exploring just how much the IT landscape has changed over the past decade and the pervasiveness of IT in our world so we can help a broader audience better understand the tireless work you do day in and day out.

 

The survey can be take here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SW_ITisEverywhere

 

To say thanks for participating, we’ll give you 250 THWACK points in return for completing the survey by July 31st. Just tell us your THWACK username at the end of the survey.

 

In case you missed it last year, IT Pro Day is the official holiday recognizing the work of all IT professionals—not only system administrators, but network engineers, database administrators, information security professionals, developers, IT support technicians and all other professionals serving in information technology-related roles. This holiday is for you!

 

And in early celebration of IT Pro Day, let us be the first to say thank you for all you do to make modern business possible.

maria.bungau

Coming up next...

Posted by maria.bungau Jul 14, 2016

There’s no easy way to say this, so I’m just going to share the news with you: I am leaving THWACK. But don’t worry, it’s not you, it’s me. Seriously now, it was a tough decision to make, and I’ll try not to turn this farewell into something cheesy.

 

Even though this is my last week as an official THWACK gatekeeper, guardian of points and professional (s)talker (but soon to be a lurker, because, let’s face IT, who can actually quit THWACK forever?), I still believe I was beyond lucky to have the chance to be part of this amazingly welcoming community, a community which wouldn’t exist without each and every one of you.

 

I must confess that over the past 2 years THWACK made my job not feel like work. Yes, I did have my gloomy days, when all I wanted to do was to hide under the covers and sleep. But at the end of the day, I felt that it was all worth it, and that my contribution made a difference. Which is the closest I ever got to an ideal job.

 

Don’t get me wrong, work will always be work, as long as we need that paycheck to pay the bills. But when you are surrounded by passionate and creative people who want to deliver quality, you get inspired and want to get invested more. For most of us, this takes up at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Why spend every day wishing it were Friday, only to wake up next Monday and continue this vicious circle? THWACK allowed not to feel that way, and for this I’m eternally grateful.

 

But what I’m even more grateful for is having been part of a team which believed in me, accepted my quirkiness, and gave me an opportunity to grow and learn at my own pace. And while this community means much more than the THWACK team, I do have to give a shout out to mrs.alterego, wabbott, and DanielleH. Especially Danielle, who was so much more than my manager. She was genuinely a friend and the best colleague I could hope for. Thank you so much for your patience showed when I joined the team, for giving me the chance to see why Austin is weird, and for the support you gave me when I decided to move to some new opportunities.

 

Now, before I look for a tissue to wipe away whatever got into my eyes and caused those lacrimal glands to act all funky, I want to assure y'all I'm leaving you in good hands, and I wish everyone will enjoy THWACK as much as I did. And if you ever wanted to know more about myself, here’s some fun facts instead of a goodbye.

 

 

Yours truly,

Maria Bungău

 

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You triumphantly navigated your way through uncharted paths and explored the new features of NPM 12 with incredible enthusiasm. During this mission you encountered unheard-of capabilities, including:  NetPath™, Network Insight for F5® BIG-IP®, an enhanced UI for easier navigation, improved Cisco® switch stack monitoring, and more. You are now equipped to handle whatever your network throws at you next.

thwack Monthly Mission - June 2016

 

Mission recap survey & questions:

 

Free Trials & Free Tools:

Free Trials

Fully Functional, 30-Day Trial

Free Tools

Limited Functions, 100% Forever Free

Network Performance Monitor

 

                       

Network Analyzer & Bandwidth Monitoring Bundle

 

                      

Network Bandwidth Analyzer Pack

 

                      

NetFlow Configurator

 

                      

Network Configuration Manager

 

                      

Real-Time AppFlow Analyzer

 

                      

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You gotta fight. For your bandwidth. To keep your network flooowing!

 

Don’t let the man[ager] of marketing bring your network speed down by streaming videos all day. Don’t tolerate config changes giving you the blues. Bring the hammer down on applications that hog all the bandwidth!

 

You’ve got the greatest band[width] crew around to back you up: Network Performance Monitor, Network Configuration Manager, and NetFlow Traffic Analyzer. You’ve got NetPath™ to open the show and warm up the crowd. And when you come together center stage on the Orion® platform, your performance is at a level of awesome that can only be described as face-melting!

 

While your work may not get you a standing ovation or crowds of screaming groupies, we think you deserve a spot in Noc and Roll Hall Of Fame for all you do to win the Battle of the Bandwidth on a daily basis.

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JULY MISSION

Use the mission’s resources to complete the tasks and answer the questions.

Correctly answer each question during the week and you'll be entered to win the weekly prize.

Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered to win the grand prize: Rock Band Pro Bundle (Xbox One or PS4)

 

MISSION RULES

  1. A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on July 4th.
  2. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until July 31st @ 11:59pm CDT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.
  3. Correctly answer all five questions within a given week and you’ll be entered to win the weekly prize:
    • Week 1 - Drawing on July 11th
    • Week 2 - Drawing on July 18th
    • Week 3 - Drawing on July 25th
    • Week 4 - Drawing on August 1st

     4. Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month to be entered to win our grand prize!

    • Grand Prize - Drawing on August 1st

     5. 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. Good luck!

 

Weekly PrizesMon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Winners
Week 1: Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bluetooth Speaker

Complete questions 1-5 by July 10 to be entered to win

Week 2: AfterShokz Gamez Bone Conducting Wireless Gaming Headphones

Complete questions 6-10 by July 17 to be entered to win

Week 3: Samsung Gear VR - Virtual Reality Headset

Complete questions 11-15 by July 24 to be entered to win

Week 4: Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker

Complete questions 16-20 by July 31 to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions before July 31 and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
Rock Band Pro Bundle (Xbox One or PS4)

 

**BONUS ACTIVITY:

Three easy steps to earn an additional +250 points from this mission!

  1. Download Network Performance Monitor
  2. Use NetPath to map to your favorite band's website
    • See attached for instructions with screenshots
  3. Upload a screenshot HERE>>

*Note these points will be awarded after the mission closes.

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