Any time you put bandwidth hogs and large amounts of flow traffic in the mix there’s a chance you could have an unexpected network disruption on your hands. Properly analyzing and understanding flow data is an integral part of maintaining a healthy network. This month’s bonus mission showcases three FREE flow monitoring tools that can help you distribute, test and configure your flow traffic.

 

Ready to fine tune your flow analysis? Start the mission!



JANUARY MINI 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 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.

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.

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

PRIZES

Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:
January 28th, 2019: Fire TV Stick 4K

February 4th, 2019: Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Classic Trilogy Collector's Edition


Grand Prize:
February 4th, 2019: Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable



 

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on January 21st, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until February 3rd, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.



MISSION SHORTCUTS

Complete the mission shortcut between January 21, 2019 and February 4, 2019 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers

Hit us with your best shot! Provide us one screenshot that demonstrates how you are using your favorite flow tool. We really want to get an idea of the way our users are benefiting from their flow tool bundle, so be sure to send us the best picture possible of one of your tools from the bundle in action by following the below instructions:

  1. Download the Free Tools Bundle and unzip the three tools included. Install one or more of them.
  2. Take a screenshot from one of the three tools:
    • In the NetFlow Replicator tool, run the tool and expand the “Console” configuration at the bottom of the screen. Populate the Console configuration and take a screenshot.
    • In the NetFlow Generator tool, run the tool and configure the address and port of your NTA server. Uncheck “Node Simulation”, scroll down and add some endpoints. Select “Run Generator”, and take a screenshot of the “Running Status” screen.
    • In the NetFlow Configurator tool, run the tool and take a screenshot of the “Device Configuration” screen
  3. Upload your screenshot for a chance to win!

DOWNLOAD FREE TRIAL  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

Weekly PrizesMonTueWedThuFriWinners
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by January 27th 2019 to be entered to win: Fire TV Stick 4K
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by February 3rd 2019 to be entered to win: Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Classic Trilogy Collector's Edition

Correctly answer all 10 questions by February 3rd 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable



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

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

SolarWinds had a great 2018: We launched seven new products and over 12 product updates to our Orion® Platform, DevOps, Security and Compliance, and MSP portfolios. These releases have had an overwhelming amount of support from our user community, which continues to be the foundation of our product strategy. We couldn’t have done it without YOU, our customers, and THWACK® community members.

 

Most recently, we asked our customers to review us on the Gartner Peer Insights platform for Application Performance Monitoring Suites, an expanding SolarWinds portfolio supporting both cloud-native and on-premises application monitoring. Our customers’ response was emphatic about our APM products, with several highlighting their great return on investment (ROI). Thanks to these reviews, we’re excited to announce that SolarWinds has been recognized as 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Application Performance Monitoring Suites. But don’t take my word for it—check out some of our customer reviews on Gartner Peer Insights: 

 

“Great monitoring solution (AppOptics) that works out of the box and doesn't need a lot of time.” - CTO in Services Industry

 

“Overall the upgrade process is working great, AppOptics uses the same agent we already install and the data has allowed us to better tune our applications and servers.” - Senior Network Security Engineer in Finance Industry

 

“A great product (SAM) that allows me to get on with other work knowing that should anything start to go wrong I will be alerted usually with enough notice to prevent downtime or serious systems degradation.”- ICT Infrastructure Senior Systems Engine in Education

 

“SolarWinds Server and Application monitor (SAM) has helped up maximize our performance, ROI, and allows for proper information knowledge transfer to happen in a timely manner.”- IT Director in Services Industry

 

At SolarWinds, continuing to develop our product roadmap through feedback from our user community and customers is our priority. We take pride in knowing the products we make available to our customers are practical, easy to use, and precisely what our technology professionals are asking for. Simply put, we understand our user community and their needs, and make products that work and solve their IT infrastructure problems. As we kick off 2019, I want to take a moment to reflect on our success in 2018 and highlight the unwavering support we continue to receive from our user community.

 

#SolarWinds

 

Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Gartner or its affiliates.

We’re bringing deeper visibility and smarter scalability to your network with new features and solutions you need to see at Cisco Live! Barcelona 2019.

 

Join us at booth #S20A to learn how SolarWinds continues to improve our hybrid IT management solution built on the Orion® Platform.  SolarWinds is recognized as a worldwide leader in network management software by industry analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC).

 

COME LEARN ABOUT:

 

Network Insight for Cisco Nexus:

 

Network Insight is designed to simplify the management of complex network devices by providing the right information for each device's unique role in the network. Network Insight™ for Cisco Nexus joins Cisco ASA and F5 BIG-IP to help you troubleshoot your switches, firewalls, and load balancers like an expert. Now in Network Performance Monitor and Network Configuration Manager.

 

Smarter Scalability:

 

Whether you are scaling up as your network grows, or scaling out to support remote locations, SolarWinds is ready to grow with you. With quadrupled monitoring capacity per instance and our same easy-to-use interface, SolarWinds® solutions are more simple, powerful, and affordable than ever.

 

Intelligent Maps:

 

You need to understand the relationships between devices and applications on your network, but don’t have time to maintain maps. Introducing Intelligent Maps, for people who love beautiful maps, but hate to maintain them. Get back to managing your network, not your network monitoring.

 

Stop by our booth to see demos of our full suite of powerful, affordable, and easy-to-use IT management software solutions. In addition to our core IT products, you can learn more about MSP and cloud-native products as well.

Let’s begin with a personal invitation to each and everyone one of you to join us in 2019 for one of our SolarWinds User Groups (SWUG). This year, we’re traveling to Atlanta, Seattle, New York, and Chicago. For 2019, like years past, it’s all about building bridges, tearing down walls, expanding communications, and fostering the best community in IT. The 2019 SWUGs will feature two days of sessions, including keynotes from SolarWinds executives, Head Geeks, and others, open spaces for attendee-led meetings, community-requested sessions, multiple topic-centric tracks, interactive sessions, and much, much more.

 

You may ask yourself why SolarWinds has made these changes. Well, it’s largely in result to our previous attendees’ feedback. You asked for more technical deep-dive sessions, more interactive sessions, more how-to sessions, and more interaction with the attendees in the room – and we heard you. If you’re taking time out of your busy schedule to be a part of an event, then it’s our job to make this event as informative and educational as possible.

 

If you’ve attended a SWUG in the past, you know that we have always packed the day with content, but it just wasn’t enough. Therefore, we’ve gone to two days. We also realize that not every session resonates with every person. With that in mind, we’re relying on you, the community, to tell us more about the sessions you want. You get to direct our track-based content. Our concentration is to make the sessions and content more diverse and community-driven.

 

Why Attend a SWUG?

The short answer is that it’s over 16 hours of educational content provided by SolarWinds professionals for free. That’s what you see on paper, but what you get by attending this in-person event is so much more. What we’re offering in a SWUG is opportunity: opportunity to speak with SolarWinds staff about the software, opportunity to interact with other IT professionals in your area of expertise, opportunity to influence the future direction of solutions in your environment, and opportunity to customize your experience and the content to your needs.

 

The thing that I’ve enjoyed the most about being part of the SWUG journey over the last few years is meeting the community. Although I’ve been with SolarWinds for a few years now, I haven’t forgotten my roots—as part of the community of users who utilized SolarWinds solutions to do my job better. My favorite interaction was always someone who brought up their manager or their co-worker and, together, we helped show them how we could help fix that one problem that’s been a pain point for some time. The power of SWUG is in a room full of other professionals to answer your questions. Although each environment is different, many of the problems we encounter have some level of commonality. At a SWUG, you are surrounded by hundreds of people whose role is like yours—in essence, a community.

 

The Evolution of SWUG

The super power of the THWACK® community is – and always has been – the diversity of its members. That diversity, coupled with everyone’s different IT specialties, makes for an engaging and, frequently, entertaining place to spend your time. In 2015, we began with an experiment: what would happen if we brought some THWACK members and some SolarWinds staff into a room and got them to interact with each other in real life? It seemed like a success. Like all scientists, we expanded on our hypothesis and tested it again.

 

This little experiment became the SolarWinds User Group, or SWUG. In 2016, we traveled to nine locations around these United States doing the same experiment. For a period of a half a day, we got everyone together and spoke with them about monitoring things better with SolarWinds. And what’s the purpose of having excellent monitoring? Finding the root cause quickly, helping you diagnose issues rapidly, which is key to giving you your weekends back.

 

Dallas, TX - 2016

 

Taking our cue from the scientific method, we took our results, analyzed what we found, and determined the next steps for our experimentation. In 2017, we moved from half-days to full days and extended the reach—both in scope and in locations. We traveled all over the world, meeting people who ranged in title from monitoring professionals, to network engineers, to systems administrators, to security professionals, and more. Building relationships among the community has been my favorite part of being with SolarWinds. Meeting more people and hearing your stories has been a highlight of my career.

 

In 2018, we scaled up once again and visited eleven cities around the world, hosting SWUGs to get to know the community better. One thing that we realized in our whirlwind tour over the last four years was that high technology people actually like talking to other high technology people. The THWACK community is more than just an online community, it is a community in the truest sense—made up of individuals, each with their own experiences, skills, and knowledge.

 

London, England - 2018London, England - 2018

 

In previous years, we’ve heard that we weren’t talking enough about this or we skipped that other thing entirely. Much of that was because we didn’t have the time. The next logical step was to get more of the community together and tailor the content to your requests.

 

It’s now 2019, and it’s time to take the results of the last four years, refine our hypothesis, and test it again. This year, we will be moving to two days of content with more people, more sessions, more interaction, and more—basically—everything.

 

SWUG 2019 by the numbers:

  • 0 conference badges required
  • 4 cities
  • 2 days
  • 3 tracks per day
  • 16+ hours of community-driven, educational content
  • 100+ IT professionals
  • and you

Register now to join me and other SolarWinds professionals in a city near you for a great 2019.

We are excited to announce that once again, SolarWinds® Log & Event Manager™ is being considered for a Gartner Peer Insights Annual Customers’ Choice Award! Gartner will recognize 7 software vendors who have more than 50 total reviews in the last 12 months with an average review rating higher than 4.2 stars.

 

We need your help!

 

If you’re a user of Log & Event Manager now and or in the past, and would like to help us win, please consider writing a review today - it won’t take more than 2 minutes! The deadline is quickly approaching so reviews must be submitted by March 31, 2019.

 

The process is simple. Here’s what we need you to do:

  1. Click on this link to leave your review
  2. Post a screenshot of your submitted review below

 

That’s it! As a thank you, we will deposit 750 THWACK points into your account.

 

Thank you for being a LEM customer!

The Log & Event Manager Team

Navigating the CLOUD CONTINUUM

 

You are here, in a vast and ever-changing IT universe. Good thing you have your trusty data map, because finding an integrated monitoring solution and navigating the evolving need for observability could get tricky. Will a nebulous, hybrid situation take you ever further into the cloud? Or, are you already out there pushing the limits of cloud-native technologies? Either way, the future is coming for you.

 

Explore which technologies you’ll move forward with, and discover where you need to land in the cloud continuum to come out the other side in an advanced state. This voyage is about navigating through complexity at warp speed, while minimizing MTTR. So, grab your dynamic field explorer and let’s start this mission.



JANUARY MONTHLY 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 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.

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.

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

PRIZES

Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:
January 14th 2019: Vacation Guide to the Solar System

January 21st 2019: Hubot Figurine

January 28th 2019: Planet Defenders Board Game

February 4th 2019: James Webb Space Telescope Courier Bag

Grand Prize:
February 4th 2019: Garmin GPSMAP 64st, TOPO U.S. 100K w/ High-Sensitivity GPS and GLONASS Receiver



 

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on January 7th, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until February 3rd, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.



MISSION SHORTCUTS

Complete the mission shortcut to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a GlobeTrotter Etched Globe Spirits Decanter, Galilea Moon Phase Calendar & Clock, LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V Building Kit, and/or a Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope

 

There are four shortcuts within this shortcut...So a little bit of shortcut-ception. Each one you participate in gives you a chance to win one of four different prizes. Here are the instructions for each product screenshot needed:

Pingdom:
Step 1 - Log in, click on Experience monitoring, then Page Speed
Step 2 - Click on Add Check at the top, fill in the box and take the screenshot before you save it
Step 3 - Submit screenshot

START FREE TRIAL  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

AppOptics:

Step 1 - Install an agent.

Step 2 - Depending on which agent you installed-

  • Infrastructure: Click on the Infrastructure icon, then click on integrations at the top and take the screenshot.
  • APM: Click the APM icon in the left nav and then double click on a service, take the screenshot.

Step 3 - Submit screenshot

SIGN UP TODAY  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

Loggly:

Step 1 - When you log in and you’ve added at least one log, go to the magnifying glass at the top and click on it
Step 2 - Type is a search, hit enter and take the screenshot
Step 3 - Submit screenshot

START YOUR TRIAL  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

Papertrail

Step 1 - After you have added at least one log, click on the “Events” tab, go to the bottom and type in a search
Step 2 - Hit the save button and while the pop-up for the save is showing, take the screenshot
Step 3 - Submit screenshot

START LOGGING  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

Weekly PrizesMonTueWedThuFriWinners
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by January 13th 2019 to be entered to win: Vacation Guide to the Solar System
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by January 20th 2019 to be entered to win: Hubot Figurine
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by January 27th 2019 to be entered to win: Planet Defenders Board Game
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by February 3rd 2019 to be entered to win: James Webb Space Telescope Courier Bag

Correctly answer all 20 questions by February 3rd 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Garmin GPSMAP 64st, TOPO U.S. 100K w/ High-Sensitivity GPS and GLONASS Receiver



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

Mission Shortcut #1 Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Mission Shortcut #2 Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Mission Shortcut #3 Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Mission Shortcut #4 Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

 

MISSION STATUS: COMPLETED

 

Couldn't ask for better allies, THWACKsters!

 

What a good way to end the year! Uniting our products to help bolster your strength in the IT world.

 

You learned which products made for the best alliances and conquered this mission with ease! We here at the THWACK Community wish you a very Happy New Year and hope you're ready for the next mission.

 

Mission Recap & Survey Questions:

MISSION WINNERS

 

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: philtreid

 

Week 2: sleavitt

 

Week 3: ghenry

 

Week 4: zehrina

 

Grand Prize: bluthru

 

Shortcut: pcollins07

 

HOUSES UNITED

Use your allies to strengthen your position. Download our free trials to find which products synergize to give you the best experience.

DOWNLOAD FREE TRIAL/DEMO

 

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