How is everyone being impacted by the AWS outage today?  I know here at SolarWinds, Thwack is having a couple of backed issues, and other SAAS apps are being impacted as well. Being the geek that I am, I wanting to see how bad it was. I tried to spin up a new instance in their US-EAST-1 region and could not do it (surprise surprise)  So, I did the next best thing I could think of was and setup Netpath services into a website I knew was being impacted (ironic huh)

WOW.  I am not a networking guy, but dang that's a lot of ways in, to bad that NetPath shows that the route into AWS is good. Next up is Pingdom.



Sure enough it shows it as down.


So how did/is the AWS outrage impacting you?

Starting with GNS3 2.0 a NAT node is available. This node allows you to a connect a GNS3 topology to the Internet via a NAT. But your topology is not accessible from the internet.


Please join us in congratulating 14 community members who have reached the ranks of the elite SolarWinds THWACK MVPs!  Also deserving of recognition are the 47 folks who renewed their MVP status for yet another year, some of which have been apart of the MVPs for 5+ years!


In case you haven't already come across these folks in your conversations here on THWACK, below is a brief introduction for our 14 new MVPs.  Be sure to connect with them and the rest of our MVP roster, they are a power house of knowledge and SolarWinds how-to, best practices, etc.  You can find the full list of MVPs and learn more about how you can join the program here.


Celebrations are in order! Congratulations from all of us here at SolarWinds and the THWACK Community!


2017 SolarWinds THWACK MVPs


Username: tomiannelli

Name IRL: Thomas Iannelli

Professional Title: Information Services Manager

Iowa, United States

Username: mikegale

Name IRL: Michael Gale

Professional Title: Systems Administrator

Alabama, United States

Username: robertcbrowning

Name IRL: Robert Browning

Professional Title: Consultant

United Kingdom

Username: designerfx

Name IRL: Matthew Reingold

Professional Title: Network Engineer

Illinois, United States

Username: m60freeman

Name IRL: Mark Freeman

Professional Title: DBA

Ohio, United States

Username: nickzourdos

Name IRL: Nick Zourdos

Professional Title: Network Administrator

Michigan, United States

Username: kurtrh

Name IRL: Kurt Hashbarger

Professional Title: Network Engineering Chief

Virginia, United States

Username: tinmann0715

Name IRL: Peter Monaghan

Professional Title: Availability & Production Manager

Maryland, United States

Username: michael.kent

Name IRL: Michael Kent

Professional Title: Head of Infrastructure

United Kingdom

Username: damien.solodow

Name IRL: Damien Solodow

Professional Title: IT Engineering Lead

Indiana, United States

Username: m_roberts

Name IRL: Mark Roberts

Professional Title: Technical Director

United Kingdom

Username: sacosgrove

Name IRL: Sean Cosgrove

Professional Title: Systems Engineer

Washington, United States

Username: skhan

Name IRL: Steven Khan

Professional Title: Monitoring Engineer

New Jersey, United States

Username: mprobus

Name IRL: Michael Probus

Professional Title: Technical Architect

Kentucky, United States



Well done young grasshoppers!

You have successfully begun your journey to the cloud.

You have learned by now that SolarWinds Monitoring Cloud is a suite of SaaS products that helps you solve complex performance and reliability problems with your cloud infrastructure or apps.


THWACK Monthly Mission - January 2017


Mission recap survey & questions:


Continue your journey to the cloud!



Easily aggregate all cloud metrics into real-time monitoring dashboards for instant visibility.



Cloud-hosted log management to troubleshoot issues in your infrastructure and apps.



Monitor performance of your distributed apps across your full application stack.



Make your website faster and more reliable with powerful, easy-to-use uptime and performance monitoring.



Don’t forget to join us for our next mission>> THWACK MONTHLY MISSION - February 2017



It all happened on a dark night—we’re talking really dark, like back-corner-of-the-server-room dark. It was on nights like these that we were confined to the IT department on the first floor. Just as I was packing up to finally go home for the night, the phone rang and stopped me dead in my tracks. The first ring a warning; the second, a threat. My SysAdmin picked up the receiver nervously like it was a smoking gun. The color drained from his face as he listened to the shouting on the other end of the line. Slowly he turned and shoved the phone at me and stammered, “It’s for you. It’s the CEO!”


I was summoned to the CEO’s office on the 13th floor. My ears popped as the elevator lurched upward. As the door to his office creaked open revealing a gruesome scene, I felt my heart drop to the floor. I saw my old friend; Mr. A.P.P. Lication there on the desk lifeless, completely frozen, and by the looks of our dazed CEO, for a very long time. Not DOA, but APP’s condition was critical, unresponsive to my desperate command prompts. I knew if I were ever going to have another Exchange with my old friend (or keep my job) I’d have to get to the root of this mystery and fast.


THWACKsters, we need your help! Use the Appstack mystery-solving tools provided in this mission to get to the bottom of the slowdowns.


February 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: An Adabox Subscription!



A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on February 6, 2017.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until March 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

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.


***Mission shortcut***


In addition to the awesome prizes and THWACK points up for grabs this month, we're bringing back the mission "shortcut".

Complete the mission shortcut to earn up to an additional 3,000 THWACK points & enter to win a THWACK Fridge (Worth 80,000 THWACK points)! 


The shortcut is simple:

  1. Download one of the products listed below: Server & Application Monitor, Virtualization Manager, or Storage Resource Monitor
  2. Upload a screenshot after install:
    • Server & Application Monitor – Screenshot of the application summary
    • Virtualization Manager – Screenshot of the recommendations
    • Storage Resource Monitor – Screenshot of the capacity dashboard
  3. Earn 1,000 THWACK points per product  & enter to win a THWACK Fridge!

Mission shortcut Terms & Conditions: US, UK, Canada | Germany | Australia


Server & Application MonitorVirtualization ManagerStorage Resource Monitor

Find and resolve application problems before they become incidents.


Submit Screenshot>>

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


Submit Screenshot>>

Multi-Vendor Storage Performance & Capacity Monitoring


Submit Screenshot>>


Weekly PrizesMon
Week 1 - Server & Application Monitor: E-Element Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Multicolor Backlit for Office and Gaming

Complete questions 1-5 by February 12th to be entered to win

Week 2 - Virtualization Manager: HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset+ FiiO E17K Alpen 2

Complete questions 6-10 by February 19th to be entered to win

Week 3 - Storage Resource Monitor: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit - 32 GB Edition

Complete questions 11-15 by February 26th to be entered to win

Week 4 - AppStack: iFixit Game Console & Electronics Refurbishing Kit

Complete questions 16-20 by March 5th to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions by March 5th and get entered to win the Grand Prize!


Monthly Mission Terms & Conditions: US, UK, & Canada | Germany | Australia



GNS3 2.0 has new features! In this video we discuss two new features:

1) Smart Packet Capture
2) Capture on any link between any nodes


GNS3 Download:
GNS Support (Go here if you need help):


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