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Frosty the IT Pro

Was a jolly happy soul

When he pressed restart

His outage did depart

And his uptime reappeared

 

Down through the data center

With a server in his hand

Going here and there all around his lair

Singing: infrastructure, I love you.

 

Ok, so maybe that was a stretch, but would it truly be the most wonderful time of the year without a corny re-write of a beloved seasonal tune? With the holiday spirit in the air, you’re probably looking forward to spending time with loved ones, gift giving, and, of course, blinky lights that don’t indicate trouble in your data center or on your network.

 

As you write your wish list this season, we’d like you think about this, too: if you could ask your systems, network, or any part of your IT infrastructure for a present this year, what would you ask it for? Maybe you want to ask your network for fewer outages in 2017. Perhaps you want less sprawl from your virtual environment. Maybe you wish for better performance from your mission critical apps. Perhaps you want to ask your database for faster query response time.

 

Leave a comment below to share what gift you’d like from your IT infrastructure for the holidays by December 6 and we’ll wrap up 250 shiny, new THWACK points just for you in return.

 

Happy holidays!

Hello THWACKsters,

 

Due to untimely site maintenance during SolarWinds Lab today, we are hosting a replay tomorrow for anyone who missed out (or wants to join us again)!

 

Sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

 

Thank you all for your patience & thank you to those who stuck it out and attended today!

 

Replay Details:

What? SolarWinds Lab #48:The Database Dilemma

When? Tomorrow: Thursday, November 17th @ 1 PM CST

Where? lab.solarwinds.com >>

Lab Summary:

In this episode of SolarWinds lab, Head Geeks Thomas LaRock and Leon Adato are joined by Product Managers James Honey and Kevin Sparenberg as they show the tools and techniques you can use to verify that your storage is helping or hindering. Using side-by-side comparisons of RAID 5, RAID 10, and SSD storage, they show the impact that storage design has on database performance in a way that is clear, concise, and understandable to IT pros of all backgrounds. You won't want to miss this.

 

 

*If you are not able to attend, here's the link to the recording>>

As some of you, our valued customers, have experienced lately, our Support Team hasn’t been as responsive as we usually are. Some of you have voiced frustration. It’s understandable – when things don’t go as you expect, frustration can set in. I personally apologize for any inconvenience you’ve experienced.

 

Please know we’re working hard to alleviate this issue as quickly as possible. We’ve recently hired several new Support Reps who will be coming online very soon to help. We also have more than 20 openings for additional Support staff who, once they’re on-board and ramped-up, will resolve our increased capacity needs.

 

While we staff up and on-board new team members, we’ll be monitoring and managing the incoming cases on a daily basis to ensure we’re being as responsive as we can. If you’ve opened a ticket but have not received a response within 2-3 days, please let us know by emailing us at SupportExecs@solarwinds.com and we’ll prioritize your case. If you have a system down or urgent case, the fastest way to get help still will be to call us. 

 

As we act to increase our capacity, we appreciate your patience and understanding. We also appreciate your feedback and suggestions on how we can improve our Technical Support. Making you satisfied is our highest accomplishment, and we commit to delivering on that goal for you.

Almost one year ago GNS3 became part of the SolarWinds organization as our open-source sponsor.

 

Since that time, Thwack and the SolarWinds team have embraced GNS3 and our community - and we could not be more grateful. As a true leader in the network management space, we have been able to leverage the organization's expertise, resources & knowledge to ensure we are building on our community and software foundation. We have worked hard this past year to develop some key integrations with SolarWinds products to allow for a much more seamless and flexible demo environment, and will continue to build on this more in the months and years to come.

 

We are also excited today to launch the GNS3 software on Solarwinds.com that can be accessed here >> Free GNS3 Network Emulator l SolarWinds

Solarwinds Integrations

 

For those who are new to GNS3 the software allows you to visualize, plan, test and troubleshoot network environments across any vendor platform at scale - without the need to directly interact with the network hardware. With the intuitive graphical interface, users can seamlessly connect all types of virtual interfaces to compose a real representation of networks.

 

 

A couple of simple use cases:

  • Real-time network simulation for pre-deployment testing without the need for network hardware

  • Create dynamic network maps for troubleshooting and proof of concept (POC) testing

  • GNS3 is the best study tool for aspiring network professional seeking their certifications, without the need for a home lab

 

To get started with the software we have a full GNS3 Fundamentals course offered on GNS3 Academy. This course will teach you the basics on how to download, install and configure your first virtual network, helping you understand why you would use GNS3 and the differences between emulating and simulating network devices. We also add interactive network labs each month to make sure you have hands-on practical applications to test and build on including the new CumulusVX (Linux Networking Operating System).

What is coming in the new release of GNS3?

GNS3 was only a desktop application from the first version up to version 0.8.3. With the more recent 1.x versions, GNS3 has added the possibility to use remote servers. Now, in version 2.0, multiple clients can control GNS3 at the same time, and all the “application intelligence” has  been moved to the GNS3 server. Some key components of this upgrade include:

 

  • Third parties can create applications controlling GNS3
  • Multiple users can be connected to the same project and see each other modifications in real time
  • No need to duplicate your settings on different computers if they connect to the same central server

 

For more details on this make sure to check out our recent Podcast with the infamous ethan.banks and the team at Packet Pushers. Click here to Listen.

 

In closing, I want to thank everyone at SolarWinds and in theThwack Community for your support of GNS3 over the years. We have come a long way from our early days in 2008 but know, after what SolarWinds has been able to provide us this year, that the future of GNS3 is going to be very exciting with the evolution of the product and our community. Some key milestones for us this year - since joining SolarWinds:

 

  • 754,967 registered users in the newly launched GNS3 Community
  • Surpassed 12,000,000 downloads of our software with 13 released & upgrades in the past twelve months
  • Launched the GNS3 Academy, which is an online learning center for IT and Network Pros. With over 31,000 registered users and 60+ courses ranging from SDN, CCNA, Python for Network Engineers & Network Monitoring Fundamentals its another value add for us IT Pros who have a life-long learning plan

 

Mark Blackwell // Jeremy Grossmann // Julien Duponchelle

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It’s the cray-craziest season of all

With plenty of PEBCAK averting,

IP Conflict alerting,

and your boss telling you to get IT resolved…

 

There’ll be parties for hosting,

And turkeys for roasting,

And praying to not be on call!

There’ll be scary spreadsheet stories,

And tales of the glories of IP conflicts resolved long, long ago!

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

(Now that SolarWinds IP Control Bundle is near)

 

This Thanksgiving, resolve the conflicts you can.

SolarWinds IP Control Bundle resolves IP conflicts & provides you with comprehensive IP address management.

 

NOVEMBER MINI 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 10 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered to win the Grand Prize:  Sony Playstation VR Headset

 

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on November 14th.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until November 27th @ 11:59pm CDT.

Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

 

Correctly answer all five questions within a given week and you’ll be entered to win the weekly prize:

 

150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question.

There are 10 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 1,500 points for this mini mission.

 

 

Try IP Control Bundle FREE to help you succeed in the mission!

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Weekly PrizesMon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Winners
Week 1: $100 Think Geek Gift Card

Complete questions 1-5 by November 20th to be entered to win

Week 2: Google Home

Complete questions 6-10 by November 27th to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 10 questions before November 27th and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
Sony Playstation VR Headset

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This is one corner… of one IT environment, in one company, on one planet that’s a corner of a galaxy that’s a corner of a virtual universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and destroying and never remaining the same for a single millisecond.

 

In this month’s mission we challenge you to: analyze the past, fix the present, and prepare for the future of your virtual environment. You won’t be alone, however, accompanying you on your quest will be an arsenal of virtual monitoring tools known as SolarWinds Virtualization Manager v7!

 

The way we see it, if you’re going to build a virtual time machine, why not do it with some style?

 

Let’s see what’s out there, THWACKsters!

 

November 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: Playstation 4 Pro

 

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on November 7th.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until December 4th @ 11:59pm CDT.

Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

 

Correctly answer all five questions within a given week and you’ll be entered to win the weekly prize:

Week 1 – Drawing on 11/14 Tardis Lego Set

Week 2 – Drawing on 11/21  Phaser Remote

Week 3 – Drawing on 11/28  Death Star Watch

Week 4 – Drawing on 12/5 Remote Control Delorean

 

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: Tardis Lego Set

Complete questions 1-5 by November 13th to be entered to win

Week 2: Phaser Remote

Complete questions 6-10 by November 20th to be entered to win

Week 3: Death Star Watch

Complete questions 11-15 by November 27th to be entered to win

Week 4: Remote Control Delorean

Complete questions 16-20 by December 4th to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions before December 4th and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
Playstation 4 Pro

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