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It’s that time of year again, that time when we pause for a moment and reflect on the year that has just passed. We tally up our accomplishments, make resolutions for the new year, and marvel at how a year can feel so long and so short at the same time. In the spirit of annual reflection, here’s a look at the THWACK happenings for 2016!

 

12 SolarWinds Lab Episodes

SUBMIT YOUR PICK! FAVORITE SOLARWINDS LAB EPISODE FROM 2016?

SOLARWINDS LAB #49: AUTOMATION DOMINATION AT YOUR SCALE

SOLARWINDS LAB EPISODE #48: THE DATABASE DILEMMA

SolarWinds Lab Episode #47 - Unexpected Simplicity: SAM 6.3

SolarWinds Lab Special Edition-Upgrades Un-Mystified

SOLARWINDS LAB #46: NETPATH'S SUPER FRIENDS - NCM AND NTA

SOLARWINDS LAB #45: HACKING THE INTERNET WITH NETPATH™

SolarWinds Lab #44: Huge New NPM 12 Features and the New Orion® UI

SolarWinds Lab #43: Virtually Unlimited Networks With GNS3

Solarwinds Lab #42 - All About Alerts

SolarWinds Lab #41: Monitoring 102 - Class Continues

SolarWinds Lab #40: Awesome Alert Integration: Slack, Service Desk and More

SolarWinds Lab #39: SolarWinds SWIS API Programming Class

11 Monthly Missions + the first annual THWACK awards!

thwack Monthly Mission - January 2016

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thwack Monthly Mission - February 2016

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thwack Monthly Mission - March 2016

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thwack Monthly Mission - April 2016

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thwack Monthly Mission - May 2016

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THWACK Monthly Mission - June 2016

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THWACK Monthly Mission - July 2016

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THWACK Monthly Mission - August 2016: THWACK Awards!

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THWACK MONTHLY MISSION- SEPTEMBER 2016

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THWACK MONTHLY MISSION- OCTOBER 2016

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THWACK Monthly Mission- November 2016

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THWACK Monthly Mission - December 2016

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10 SWUG meetups

Columbus, OH

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Dallas, TX

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Seattle, WA

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Atlanta, GA

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Las Vegas, NV (Cisco Live)

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Atlanta, GA (MS Ignite)

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Chicago, IL

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London, UK

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Honolulu, HI

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Orlando, FL

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9 Contests & Giveaways

8 New items in the THWACK store

  1. IT resolutions
  2. Cover your applications
  3. Most intriguing geek
  4. SysAdmin Day
  5. Compliance IQ
  6. Byte Club
  7. IP Conflict Resolution Contest
  8. Template Hunter
  9. Word-A-Day
  1. Game Table  
  2. THWACK Cornhole
  3. THWACK Fridge
  4. SolarWinds Socks
  5. THWACKcamp shirt
  6. IT Kong shirt
  7. Stainless Tumbler
  8. Coffee Mug

70,000 Daily Views on THWACK!

6 questions to spread the word

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6- The number of questions you have to answer to write a product review & earn a $25 Amazon gift card>>

5 Community Admins

DanielleH

Sr. Community Manager

wabbott

Community Marketing Manager

mblackwe

Sr. Community Manager (GNS3)

thegreateebzies

Product Manager-THWACK

 

lindsey.serrano

Community Moderator

 

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4 Geek Holidays Celebrated

Geek Pride Day- May 25th

THWACK’s 13th birthday-June 9th

SysAdmin Day- July 29th

IT Pro Day- September 20th (Every 3rd Tuesday of September)

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33,000 likes on THWACK content!

2 Bracket Battles

Free Tool Brack-IT-ology

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Annual Bracket Battle- Oh Captain my Captain

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The ONE & only THWACKcamp!

Thank you to all of you for making this the best THWACKcamp yet!

We’re already busy planning and preparing for THWACKcamp 2017!

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Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the THWACK community this year & in years past. Your passion, enthusiasm, input, and dedication is what drives us to make each year on THWACK bigger & better than ever before.

 

What are your favorite THWACK 2016 memories?

 

Relive your 80's office fun anytime with the "IT Joe" action figure!

With "IT Joe", now you can be part of all the IT excitement!

Battle end users with rapid-fire mean time to resolution arm action while keeping your network radical!

Add on the Elite Office Expansion Pack for even greater productivity.

 

Get yours today!

We are currently experiencing issues with our phone systems. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Please create an online case at www.solarwinds.com/support/ticket and a support representative will contact you.

 

This post will be updated when we have another update.

 

11:40 AM CDT - Phones are back up and running. Thank you for your patience.

We are pulling together the agendas, venues, and confirmed dates but below you will find where SolarWinds User Groups (SWUG) are going next!

 

January - Austin, Texas (SolarWinds Headquarters)

  • If you don't live in the region, you could win an all expenses paid trip to Austin to attend this meetup and meet all 5 of the Head Geeks! Learn more: Template Hunter

February - Denver, Colorado

March - Melbourne, Australia

 

Please look for the events to start popping up on the Community Events, Webcasts & Training calendar soon, start your planning!

 

We will also be reaching out to the many of you who have offered to host and be a SWUG Leader.  If you haven't applied yet, check out the SolarWinds User Groups (SWUG) page.

The User Experience team wants to hear from you! Please take our survey for a cool 250 points: Start Survey

GNS3 version 2.0 beta 1 has been released. While this version is more stable than our previous alphas, please note it is not fully stable and some bugs are still expected. A final version of GNS3 2.0 will be released early next year.

 

Major new features of 2.0 include “save as you go” (thanks to a new architecture), smart packet capture, VPCS/clouds/switches templates, cloud node refactoring, a new NAT node and much more. Please see What’s new in GNS3 version 2.0 for a detailed overview.

 

IMPORTANT: No rollback is possible once you open a project in version 2.0. Backup all your projects, settings and snapshot the GNS3 VM. Version 2.0 is in beta stage which means many things could be broken or not work as expected. Please do not upgrade if you are working on something important like a certification etc.

 

Windows and Mac OS X

Files for Windows and Mac OS X can be downloaded from here

 

Linux installation

For an installation from our PPA (Ubuntu based Linux):

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:gns3/ppa
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gns3/unstable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gns3-gui

For other Linux users we recommend an installation via Pypi.

pip3 install gns3-gui==2.0.0b1
pip3 install gns3-server==2.0.0b1

Linux users may have to log out and log back in to refresh groups, otherwise they may no longer have access to uBridge (required to run GNS3).

 

GNS3 VM

Snapshot the VM!! If you want to be able to rollback to a previous version of GNS3. In the VM, you must select "version" in the menu and change it to 2.0dev

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Welcome back THWACKsters!

 

We challenged you to Analyze the past, fix the present, and prepare for the future in this month’s mission (pretty heavy stuff) and you’ve succeeded.

If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.

 

Learn more about SolarWinds Virtualization Manager v7 with infinite potential.

 

THWACK Monthly Mission- November 2016

 

Mission recap survey & questions:

 

Free tools & Free Trials:

Free trialFree Tool

Virtualization Manager

Optimize & fix virtual issues in minutes with vSphere and Hyper-V monitoring.

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VM Monitor

Continuously monitor the health of a VMware host.

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Mamma mia! It looks like your network, servers, database, and IT security are in peril and being held captive by the king of all alerts.

Don’t worry though, make the right IT moves and everything will return to normal in warp speed.

All you need to do is collect the power-ups each week (Bandwidth Analyzer Pack, Server & Application Monitor, Database Performance Analyzer, and Log & Event Manager) and let your newly discovered monitoring expertise save the day.

1-Up your insights, navigate new ways to topple performance issues, and rescue your IT environment before time runs out…

 

Let’s-a-go!

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December Mission

Use the mission’s resources to complete the tasks and answer the questions for a chance to win!

 

  • 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: 1-year Loot Crate Gaming Subscription

 

 

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on December 5th.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until January 1st @ 11:59pm CST.

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 20 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 3,000 points for this mission.

 

Good luck!

 

Power up your IT Monitoring to succeed in this mission!

 

Bandwidth Analyzer Pack

Comprehensive network bandwidth analysis & performance monitoring

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Server & Application Monitor

Find & resolve application problems before they become incidents

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Log & Event Manager

A SIEM that makes it easy to use logs for security, compliance, & troubleshooting

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Database Performance Analyzer

Performance monitoring, analysis, & tuning

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Weekly PrizesMon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Winners
Week 1 - Bandwidth Analyzer Pack: Flying Ball Remote Control Helicopter

Complete questions 1-5 by December 11th to be entered to win

Week 2 - Server & Application Monitor: LEGO Minecraft The Fortress Building Kit

Complete questions 6-10 by December 18th to be entered to win

Week 3 - Log & Event Manager: Raspberry Pi 3 1GB RetroPie Emulation Station

Complete questions 11-15 by December 25th to be entered to win

Week 4 - Database Performance Analyzer: X Rocker 51396 Pro Series Gaming Chair

Complete questions 16-20 by January 1st to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions before January 1st and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
1-year Loot Crate Gaming Subscription  

 

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