That's a wrap, THWACKstonians!


THWACKcamp 2018 is NOW officially over. For those who missed out during the live event, we hope you had an amazing time reviewing each session recording during this mission.


Two days of IT goodness recapped in a month long mission. What more could an IT professional ask for? As we cruise into the end of the year, we hope you're ready for the next mission.


Mission Recap & Survey Questions:



While all of you handled this mission with amazing precision, a few of you managed to pull away with some amazing prizes. We'd like to recognize those who won this month's amazing giveaways.


Week 1: jdeakin1


Week 2: whitebd@andersonhospital.org


Week 3: goofykc


Week 4: rhrohde


Grand Prize: rwagner


Shortcut: pgaryga


THWACKcamp 2019

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* The newest Monthly Mission goes live December 3rd, 2018

The SolarWinds Product team wants to understand how IT and Security Professionals address the problems of password and identity management within their organizations.  Our survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.


First 50 North American THWACK User's to complete this survey will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card.



As we get ramped up to launch the GNS3 Certification (GNS3A) in December we are excited to launch the official training course to get everyone prepared for the upcoming exam. 

For the next two weeks, as part of our Black Friday specials on GNS3 Academy, we are offering up the full-course from David Bombal for only $9 (82% OFF). Get started today!

Let us know if you have any questions on the upcoming certification.





The GNS3 Certified Associate (GNS3A) program is a multi-vendor, next generation network engineer certification that focuses on the core skills that network engineers need today for the new era of rapidly changing, programmable, automated and intelligent networks.


In today’s rapidly changing networking environment where billions of IoT devices are being added to the Internet every year, it is no longer enough for network engineers to simply configure network devices manually via a Command Line Interface (CLI). Network engineer skill-sets need to diversify to include network programmability and automation skills such as Ansible and Python, programmable APIs, Open Networking technologies, virtualization, Linux and support of multi-vendor environments.


The GNS3A program will prepare you to have the knowledge and training to:

  • Install and build virtual networks using GNS3 with knowledge of multiple vendors and protocols
  • Explain and describe GNS3 core functions and architecture
  • Identify and troubleshoot GNS3 installation and configuration issues
  • Program networks using Python network automation scripts
  • Implement OpenFlow based SDN networks within GNS3 topologies
  • Implement Docker based appliances within GNS3 topologies
  • Describe DevOps terms such as Data Formats, APIs, REST, NETCONF and others
  • Program networks using Ansible network automation scripts
  • Install and configure Linux based virtual machines and core Linux functions
  • Install, configure and troubleshoot hypervisors such as VMware Workstation, ESXi, QEMU and VirtualBox
  • Troubleshoot basic network issues

‘Tis the season… for the best shopping deals! From managing more distributed environments, working with more software-defined and automated solutions, to perhaps even experimenting with artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics, technology needs are constantly changing. We know most enterprise IT hardware and software don’t get the Black Friday treatment (2-for-1 routers, anyone?) but as we approach two of the biggest shopping days of the year, and in the spirit of great holiday deals, we want to know: what’s on your must-have technology list?


We want to know the hottest tech picks of 2019. What do you have your eye on for the year ahead? Maybe you’re exploring API proxy services, cloud-hosted databases, or a 400GbE network. Alternatively, if you’re not in the market for anything new, what technology is getting the upgrade treatment or being retired altogether (on-prem file server—gone but never forgotten)?


Tell us your Top Tech Picks by November 16, 2018, and we’ll give you 250 THWACK® points in exchange.

Inside vulnerabilities… external threats? Today’s security risks come at you from every direction—and managing it all can get tricky when you have to consider both sides of the equation. Let’s face it, security is hard to lock down, no matter how many users or how much infrastructure you manage.

This month, we are introducing a security-focused bonus mission that doubles down on solutions that can help you take on threats, no matter which side of the firewall they’re on. We’ll look at helpful new product capabilities and quiz you on the essentials you need to watch your threats—inside and out.

Two essential security products. One prize-packed mission. Let’s get started!


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 10 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize: Echo Dot

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


Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:

November 12, 2018: Roku Ultra

November 19, 2018: Retro Game Console

Grand Prize

November 19 2018: Echo Dot

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 mission.



Complete either of the mission shortcuts to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a Microsoft XBOX One S 500 GB! (Up to 2 Entries)


Shortcut #1:

  1. Start your FREE trial of Access Rights Manager
  2. Take a screenshot of your Dashboard with your number of User's.
  3. Submit your screenshot below.



Shortcut #2:

  1. Request your demo of Threat Monitor
  2. Click on the Alarms Button from the Threat Monitor UI
  3. In the Alarms UI, click on the “Mass Account Deletion” option in the Simulation selection drop down menu.
  4. Click on the “Multiple AD Login Failures” option in the Simulation selection drop down menu.
  5. Scroll down to the “Latest Alarms” section of the UI and take a screenshot
  6. Submit your screenshot below.






A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on November 5, 2018. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until November 18, 2018. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

Weekly PrizesMonTueWedThuFriWinners
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by November 11, 2018 to be entered to win: Roku Ultra
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by November 18, 2018 to be entered to win: Retro Game Console

Correctly answer all 10 questions by November 18, 2018 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Echo Spot

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