I was doing some routine monitoring when I saw... I saw systems in the cloud! Before I could drill down and get a closer look, the administrator issued an alert that the evil Empire of End-Users was threatening the health of the whole system.

THWACKsters, we have no choice but to go on an emergency mission to rescue as many applications, servers, and VMs that we can. We’ll take our upgraded ship, the SolarWinds® S.A.M., that will allow us to have visibility across cloud environments, so we won’t be flying blind.

I am no SysAdmin, but I know IT. It moves through and surrounds every living thing. Close your eyes... feel it... the light... IT has always been there... IT will guide you.

It’s THE LAST MISSION of the year. Use your new abilities and battle beyond your data center!


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 for a chance to win the weekly prize.

Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize: Star Wars Jedi Challenges!

Want to join the mission, but not a member? Sign up FREE now!


Weekly Prizes &  Drawing Dates:

December 11: R2D2 Charging Hub
December 18: Storm Trooper Bluetooth Speaker
December 25: X-Wing vs. Death Star Rebel Assault Drones
January 1: Sphero BB-9W App-Enabled Droid

Grand Prize

January 1: Star Wars Jedi Challenges

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.


Complete the mission shortcut to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win Death Star Legos!
The shortcut is simple:
    1. Download Server & Application Monitor
    2. Take a screenshot of the cloud summary page populated by either AWS or Azure instances/VMs
    3. Submit your screenshot below



A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on December 4, 2017. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until December 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

Weekly PrizesMonTueWedThuFriWinners
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by December 10 to be entered to win: R2D2 Charging Hub
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by December 17 to be entered to win: Storm Trooper Bluetooth Speaker
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by December 24 to be entered to win:X-Wing vs. Death Star Rebel Assault Drones
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by December 31 to be entered to win: Sphero BB-9E App-Enabled Droid

Correctly answer all 20 questions by December 31 to be entered to win the Grand Prize! Star Wars Jedi Challenges

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

Mission Shortcut Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

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