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Shift. Breathe. Demo. Your pulse quickens. In this moment, monitoring advancements meet the desire to do more, in less time. Begin the mission. Fuel your obsession. A new level of performance is yours to experience.

 

Test drive SolarWinds' newest product introductions for 2018. Explore the refinements. Feel the uncompromising power of data-driven decision-making. A unified dashboard, real-time log streams, systems and application change tracking, intelligent mapping, and cross-stack correlation transport you to the answers faster. Never before have you felt this much control.

 

Adjust your coffee mug. Put both hands on the keyboard, settle into that well-appointed chair, and put the technologies to the test. Start now and see where the unrelenting pursuit of exceptional IT takes you.



SEPTEMBER 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:

September 10: Anker Portable Charger
September 17: Roav Viva
September 24: Amazon Fire TV
October 1: Amazon Echo

Grand Prize:

October 1: Oculus Go VR Headset 32 GB



 

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on September 3, 2018. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until September 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.



MISSION SHORTCUT

Complete the mission shortcut between September 10, 2018 and September 30, 2018 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a Fitbit Blaze!

The shortcut is simple:

  1. Download a free trial for Server Configuration Monitor
  2. Take a screenshot of a node being monitored on the Server Configuration Monitor summary screen
  3. Submit screenshot here

DOWNLOAD FREE TRIAL  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

Weekly PrizesMonTueWedThuFriWinners
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by September 9 to be entered to win: Anker Portable Charger
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by September 16 to be entered to win: Roav Viva
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by September 23 to be entered to win: Amazon Fire TV
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by September 30 to be entered to win: Amazon Echo

Correctly answer all 20 questions by September 30 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Oculus Go VR Headset 32 GB



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

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



There is nothing wrong with your computer. Do not attempt to adjust the settings. We are controlling the Wi-Fi. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next question, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your computer.

 

You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to - The Outer Tickets.

 

The following THWACK Mission was inspired by actual episodes of The Outer Limits.



AUGUST 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:

August 13: NES Classic
August 20: PetSafe Automatic Feeder
August 27: Moustache Coffee Club Subscription (3-months)
September 3: Long Distance Friendship Lamp

Grand Prize:

September 3: Bose Bluetooth Speaker (Alexa compatible)



 

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on August 6, 2018. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until September 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.



Mission Shortcut

Complete the mission shortcut to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a set of Aurora Smart Lighting Panels!

The shortcut is simple:

  1. Download a free trial of Web Help Desk
  2. Take a screenshot of the Web Help Desk Dashboard
  3. Submit your screenshot on the next screen

DOWNLOAD FREE TRIAL SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

Weekly PrizesMonTueWedThuFriWinners
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by August 12 to be entered to win: NES Classic
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by August 19 to be entered to win: PetSafe Automatic Feeder
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by August 26 to be entered to win: Moustache Coffee Club Subscription (3-months)
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by September 2 to be entered to win: Long Distance Friendship Lamp

Correctly answer all 20 questions by September 2 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Bose Bluetooth Speaker (Alexa compatible)



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

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

The age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” has long been answered with occupations such as: firefighter, ballerina, doctor, or princess. Why, you may wonder, does systems administrator rarely make the cut? As a critical member of the organization they support, surely a more rewarding and interesting career than SysAdmin can’t possibly exist!

 

While we know how exciting, versatile, and important our jobs truly are, do the people closest to us understand? When you get a text message from your remote monitoring system during a soccer game or dance recital, what do you tell your kids? If you break from analyzing system logs to enjoy a family dinner, how do you explain that a log is more than a chopped up tree trunk? Even with all your tireless explaining, how many times have you heard a version of this phrase: “My mom does something with computers…I think”?

 

In honor of Systems Administrator Day this year, we want to know what your family thinks you do 24/7, rain or shine, day or night. Whether it’s “Stuff on a computer,” “Emails their friends,” “Fixes problems,” or “Uhh…technology?”, let us know by July 18, and we’ll give you 250 THWACK points—and, if necessary, moral support from your fellow techies who do understand that you have the coolest job in the world.

Please join us in congratulating 12 community members who have reached the ranks of the elite THWACK MVPs!  Also deserving of recognition are the 53 existing MVPs who renewed their MVP status for yet another year, some of which have maintained their MVP status for 6+ years!

 

In case you haven't already come across these folks in your conversations here on THWACK, below is a brief introduction for our 12 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.  To learn more about the THWACK MVP program and how you can join, see here.

 

Celebrations are in order! From all of us here at SolarWinds and the THWACK Community - THANK YOU for your contributions and continued support making THWACK the best community to do IT!

 

 

2018 THWACK MVPs
Location

Username: acmtix

Name IRL: Adam Timberley

Professional Title: Infrastructure Monitoring Engineer

Newthorpe, Nottinghamshire, UK

Username: antonis.athanasiou

Name IRL: Antonis Marios Athanasiou

Professional Title: Senior Systems Engineer

Worthing, West Sussex, UK

Username: dodo123

Name IRL: Chris Dodds

Professional Title: Monitoring & Alerting Specialist

Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK

Username: d09h

Name IRL: Donald Heinzen

Professional Title: Senior Systems Administrator

Montgomery, Alabama, US

Username: felixforbes

Name IRL: Felix Forbes

Professional Title: Solutions Architect

North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia

Username: jm_sysadmin

Name IRL: Jake Muszynski

Professional Title: Senior Systems Engineer

Columbus, Ohio, US

Username: jspeer

Name IRL: Jared Speer

Professional Title: Systems Administrator

Cuyahoga, Ohio, US

Username: zennifer

Name IRL: Jennifer Aguilar

Professional Title: Network Adminstrator

El Paso, Texas, US

Username: mesverrum

Name IRL: Marc Netterfield

Professional Title: Field Systems Engineer III

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Username: kpmarcin

Name IRL: Marcin Kazmierczak

Professional Title: IT Solutions Architect

Warsaw, MZ, Poland

Username: pgaryga

Name IRL: Pete Garyga

Professional Title: ICT Change & Projects Team Manager

Ripley, DE, UK

Username: tallyrich

Name IRL: Richard Phillips

Professional Title: Senior Network Engineer

Rutland, Vermont, US

 

Congratulations are also in order for the rest of our THWACK MVP roster who have maintained their status through 2018!

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alexslv

aLTeReGo

bleearg13

bluefunelemental

bsciencefiction.tv

byrona

cahunt

ChrystalT

cnorborg

CourtesyIT

damien.solodow

dclick

Deltona

designerfx

ecklerwr1

fcpsolaradmin

Goliath

jangliss

jbiggley

jeff.stewart

jeremymayfield

jeremyxmentzell

Jfrazier

KMSigma

kpmarcin

kurtrh

m_roberts

mcam

mdriskell

michael.kent

mikegale

mprobus

mrxinu

netlogix

nickzourdos

njoylif

Radioteacher

rbonn

rharland2012

RichardLetts

robertcbrowning

rschroeder

sacosgrove

shuth

silverbacksays

skhan

stuartwhyte

superfly99

tinmann0715

tomiannelli

vinay.by

vispetto

wluther

zackm

**Update**

NPM won for Network Management Product of the year!

Thank you so much for all your support that made this possible.

 

 

NPM 12.1 has been named a finalist for Network Management Product of the Year by Network Computing UK!

 

We are calling on the THWACK community to help us nab this award - please cast your vote for NPM under the category "Network Management Product of the Year".

 

VOTE NOW! Voting closes on March 13th. Winners will be announced at their awards ceremony on March 22nd in London.

 

After you cast your vote, you will receive an email confirmation. If you forward this email confirmation along with your THWACK username to thwackadmin@solarwinds.com we will award you 750 THWACK points!

 

Thank you in advance for your help! Go NPM, go!

First off, I'd like to personally welcome you to THWACK.  I'll start off with a brief introduction of who we are then we'll jump right in.

Maybe you've heard rumblings of THWACK, or perhaps this is your first time hearing of us.  Whichever the case may be, I'm sure there's one question standing out in your mind: What is THWACK, and how does it benefit me?

Simply put, THWACK connects you with more than 130,000 IT professionals and community members, who've contributed to help us make superior products, provide educational IT content, and, most importantly, help IT professionals do their jobs better.  Here we put you in direct contact with the people who manage and develop our products. THWACK is a place where you have a say in the direction of those products, and where you get support and answers, on the fly, without having to pick up the phone.  Crazy, huh?  A company that actually listens to their customers.  We can't believe you're just now getting here!  Without further ado, allow me to show you what you've been missing.

With almost 15 years of content, THWACK can appear daunting to a first-comer.  To ease the learning curve, we're going quickly to guide you through some of the most important pieces of the site.  Along the way, you'll earn points, including a quick 1500 bonus points for completing this onboarding mission.  You don't need to complete these tasks in one sitting, or in any specific order.  Feel free to come back at your convenience.

Have a customer portal account? Link your THWACK and Customer portal accounts to earn an additional 2,000 THWACK points to spend in the THWACK store! Plus, you'll get great benefits like seeing the products you own on your THWACK profile, seeing your renewal dates, renew licenses, open support tickets, reviewing existing support tickets, and you'll gain more visibility and access to betas for the products you own.

 

 

Task 1 - How do you create an account?

No, we won't spam your inbox or add you to any marketing list.  Having an account simply allows you to contribute and take advantage of all the features on the site.  This should take less than 5 minutes of your time.  To create an account, find the "Register" link on the top right-hand corner of your screen. If you already have a THWACK account, you do not need to create another one.  You will need to be logged in in order to complete the rest of the tasks.

 

 

Task 2 - Where can you find content to extend your product's capabilities?

Here on THWACK, you'll find thousands of downloadable templates, reports, scripts and more that allow you to customize and extend our products.  Some content in this area is created by SolarWinds employees and the rest has been created and shared with the community by our members.

For this task, navigate to the Content Exchange.  To get there, you first need to go to the Product Forums button in the top navigation bar (under "Product Forums"), choose the product you're familiar with, and select content that suits your needs.  From there, browse through the documents until you find something that sparks interest.



Next, download the template, report, script, etc. that you've chosen.  You can then plug this item into the product which ultimately extends the functionality that is provided out-of-the-box (plugging the downloaded item into the product is not required to complete this task - however, we do recommend you check it out when time becomes available).

 

 

Task 3 - How can you influence the direction of a product?

As mentioned earlier, we greatly value customer input, and will gladly review requests for new features.

Here on THWACK, you can submit an idea or feature request for a future implementation.  Product Managers pay special attention to this concept of "ideation" and, to gauge interest, we allow community members to vote on feature requests.

Let me quickly explain how the process works before I give you the task at hand:

There are 5 stages in which an idea can be slated for.  When a user creates an idea, it is placed into the "Recent" stage.  The Product Manager then reviews the request and will move the idea into 1 of 3 stages - Open for Voting, What We're Working On, or Closed.  If an idea is placed in the "Closed" stage, it means the request is either unfeasible or doesn't fit with the direction of the product.  The last stage is "Implemented" which means the feature has been added to the product.  You can read more here about the recent features that were added to our products because of the crowd-sourcing feature on THWACK.

For this task, navigate to a product feature request forum.  Choose a product you are familiar with from the Product Forums in the top navigation bar, then click on Feature requests.



You'll then be dropped on a page which showcases the "top ideas" for that product (choose "show all" at the bottom of the list to see all ideas).  Find a feature request that would bring value to your environment and vote for it.

 

 

Task 4 - Where can you get support while troubleshooting an issue?

The product forums are where you will get most of your support, from either other community members or a SolarWinds employee.  There are developers, product managers, community staff, and others that are here to answer your questions and help resolve issues.



For this task, navigate to a product forum.  There is a shortcut to this area at the top of your screen, look for the tab that reads "Product Forums".  Choose a product you are familiar with the drop-down menu, then click on Content.  There is an exceptional amount of content in most of our forums so please take a minute to click around.



Find a discussion thread that sparks your interest and "like" it.

 

 

Task 5 - Where can you find product roadmaps?

In the top navigation, look for "Resources". Within that parent, you'll see the Blogs category. SolarWinds has many blogs, and we'll talk about them more in-depth in Task 6.

Select the "Community Announcements" blog.This post stands as a guide to what the teams are working on for each of our products. Once you've found the guide, bookmark it.



Bookmarking a piece of content will place it in your bookmarks, which can be found by clicking the magnifying glass in the navigation menu, and selecing "Bookmarks".

 

 

Task 6 - Where can you read blogs about SolarWinds products and other general IT topics?

We have several blogging areas here on THWACK, but four main blogs.  For this task, let's focus on three specific blogging areas: Product Blog, Monitoring Central, and Geek Speak.

First, navigate to the Product Blog.  You can get there by hovering over "Resources" in the nagigation and, under the "Blogs" category, selecting "Product Blog".

You can also reach the product blog for any specific product by going to their product forum and selecting their Product Blog option in their list of buttons.

Some of these blog posts may look familiar because they're streamed into our products. The rumors are true. They come directly from THWACKClick on a blog that interests you and take a minute to read.  Make sure you click on the blog subject line for the action to be recorded.

Second, navigate to Geek Speak. To get there, hover over "Resources" in the nagigation and, under the "Blogs" category, selecting "Geek Speak". Again, choose a post to read.



  Make sure you click on the blog subject line for the action to be recorded.

 

 

Extra - How to track your progress

You want to see which tasks you still need to complete? No problem! Go to your Profile - More - Reputation - Missions, and just look for this particular mission.



Once you click on the wheel in right corner, you'll be able to track your progress, based on the bars displayed in the same order as listed in the onboarding mission. Depending on the completion of a certain task, you'll see either a blue bar (complete) or a white bar (to complete).

 

 

That's it!  You've completed your first mission and earned 1,500 points to be used in the THWACK Store! Below are a few other good resources to check out.  If you have any THWACK related questions, feel free to reach out to myself or wabbott  or brett.holzhauer

 

 

  • Library & Support - Documentation, video tutorials, and other helpful content divided by product.
  • Groups - Participate in RC or beta builds and work directly with the PM to help us put out the next release of our products.  Earn points and badges for your profile!
  • Announcements - Find community/product announcements.  This blog is the home of the very popular MONTHLY MISSIONS! Earn points and prizes every month. You can participate in monthly missions and other promotional campaigns here.
  • What are the points good for?  Credibility, of course, and...

Attention everyone who lives in the U.K. or Germany - SolarWinds is bringing a SolarWinds User Group (SWUG) your way soon! We had an amazing time with those of you who attended the London SWUG last year and we're coming back in full-force later this year. SWUG is also looking to make a stop in Germany for our first time.

 

Registration for London is now open: November 14, 2017 - London, U.K. SWUG

 

Registration for Berlin is now open: November 10, 2017 - Berlin, DE SWUG

SolarWinds is developing an interactive network monitoring assessment tool that is intended to assist IT pros in assessing the state of their IT monitoring as compared to peers in their industry.  Your participation in this short survey will help us provide a better experience for users.

 

In exchange for your participation you will receive 500 THWACK points.

 

Thanks in advance for your participation!

Take Survey Now

DanielleH

Who Do You Trust?

Posted by DanielleH Administrator Apr 28, 2017

They say trust is like a vase: you can fix it once broken, but it’s never quite the same. According to this year’s SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organization, 95 percent of North American organizations have migrated critical applications and IT infrastructure to the cloud over the past 12 months—maybe you have, too. This means the ability to trust our cloud service providers (CSPs) is needed now more than ever before. However, the same report shows that the majority (62 percent) of IT professionals who took the survey only “somewhat trust” their CSP, and nearly one-fifth say they  “somewhat distrust” or “do not trust” their CSP at all. What does this say about the future of the IT professional and CSP relationship?

 

Trust is a fickle thing, but if you think about it, we regularly trust dozens of people in our lives who, more often than not, amount to near strangers: taxi drivers to deliver us to our destinations safely; doctors to keep us healthy (or tell us when we’re not); local meteorologists because how else would we prepare for the day ahead?; hardware and software vendors to deliver quality infrastructure that our businesses run on; and even our local barista to keep us caffeinated. You get the idea.

 

So, we want to know: Who do you trust in your life?

 

In exchange for 200 THWACK points, tell us about the degree to which you trust various people in your life (consider the above examples). Submit your thoughts and comments using the format below here by Wednesday, May 10 to make sure you receive your THWACK points. And please feel free to submit more than one.

 

I (choose one: completely trust, somewhat trust, somewhat distrust, do not trust) my __________ because __________.

The SolarWinds Security Team is seeking the assistance of five Log & Event Manager (LEM) Customers to participate in an online survey by Gartner regarding their experience with LEM. Participants must be active users of LEM and knowledgeable regarding the SIEM marketplace. Participants must also commit to issuing a response to Gartner within 3 weeks of the first receipt of the survey or by any other deadline specified by Gartner.

 

If you are a willing and able to assist with this request, please comment below and I will reach out directly.  2,500 points to everyone who signs up to participate!

 

Information needed:

Company Name

First Name

Last Name

Title

Email

Phone

Time Zone

Country

 

Thanks in advance for your support of LEM and SolarWinds.

Do you have a favorite SolarWinds product? Is there one that you just can’t live without? Well, we hope so, because that means we’re delivering the value we set out to create every day.

 

It also means that you’re probably a great candidate to participate in Network World’s upcoming 2017 “Fave Raves,” an annual roundup of the best IT products as nominated by IT pros themselves. We’d be ever so grateful if you would take five minutes or so to send the following information about your favorite SolarWinds product to Ann Bednarz at Network World (abednarz@nww.com) with pr@solarwinds.com on BCC no later than Thursday, March 16 23 (deadline extended!).

 

Questionnaire:

  • Please provide your name, title and employer.
  • What’s your favorite product? (vendor name and product name)
  • Why do you like it?
  • How has it helped you and/or your company?
  • How many years have you worked in IT?
  • What upcoming IT projects are you most excited about and why?
  • Please include a picture of yourself.

 

As a token of our gratitude for submitting your favorite SolarWinds products, we’ll give you 2,000 THWACK points. Please remember to BCC pr@solarwinds.com (or forward your submission to pr@solarwinds.com after you’ve sent it to Network World) so we know who to allocate points to.

 

Thanks for being our customer!

The SolarWinds Team

If your company is anything like SolarWinds, you’ve probably been going through the annual goal-setting process with your management team.  In many functions, this is relatively straight forward.  Sales sets goals based on quota, marketing based on creating demand, engineering based on product development and delivery, etc…  But, how do you in IT quantify the value you provide to the organization and therefore determine your goals?  Is it reliability, SLAs, cost control, customer satisfaction, something else?  Or, are you in such a firefighter mode that you never actually get to set goals and objectives?  Share with us some of your goals for the upcoming year and how you measure your value to your company.

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!

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2017 SolarWinds THWACK MVPs

Location

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

The User Experience and NPM team is interested in learning about your Cisco ASAs. If you have a spare 5 minutes, please fill out this survey to receive 250 thwack points. Thank you!

 

Take Survey

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.

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