Do you monitor the experience your users receive in the applications they access over the network? If you don't today, would you be interested in doing that in the future? Do your users frequently complain of performance problems with teleconference tools like Webex and Zoom or SaaS websites?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we'd like to talk to you! We have a tool we're working on in the lab to help you out, and we want your input.
If you're interested, please fill out this survey. The first 100 to complete the survey by Friday, November 8th will receive 1,000 THWACK points.
See how SolarWinds continues to improve our best-in-class Microsoft management solutions running on-premises in IaaS environments or how the Orion Platform suite of products now can be deployed in Microsoft Azure through the Azure Marketplace. From managing and monitoring your applications and servers to optimizing your virtual and storage infrastructure, SolarWinds has you covered.
COME LEARN ABOUT:
Fundamental control of Azure: Setting up and auditing access controls for Azure subscriptions can be extremely challenging. See how we can help set the correct levels of access to your Azure-hosted applications and data.
Prepare to migrate to Azure: Overprovisioned resources will consume more compute and storage resources than they need. See how you can prepare and rightsize workloads before migrating them.
Monitor Azure workloads: Azure provides component-level monitors, but you have to drill down in the Azure portal to view them. See how you can have a single pane of glass to view all Azure metrics.
Hybrid IT operations management: With SolarWinds products now available on the Azure Marketplace, deploying products and monitoring workloads regardless of where they reside has never been easier.
|Happy Little Clouds: Application Migrations Done Right|
Thomas LaRock, Head Geek™
Customer Appreciation Event
SWUG @ MS Ignite
Date: Wednesday, November 6
Time: 1:15 – 1:35 p.m. ET
Location: Theater D
Location: Topgolf, Signature Room, 2nd Floor
Date: Tuesday, November 5
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
IMPORTANT! This event is invitation only. Please come visit the SolarWinds booth 935 to grab your wristband. This will get you access to the entire event, including private golfing bays, open bar and food service, raffle prizes, and more!
I am pleased to share that the THWACK store is back in business! We greatly appreciate your patience while we worked through a huge vendor transition over the past two months. We are working closely with folks who ordered items near the store close date to ensure that your items are sent out ASAP. If you placed an order and have yet to receive it, please email your order # to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should notice little to no changes on your end with regard to the ordering process. However, you should see improved order accuracy, timelier updates on order status, and FREE BUTTONS* with every order! *All orders placed after August 30, 2019 will ship with fresh-off-the-press buttons (the buttons are not yet off the presses, but will be making their way to you soon).
We are working on bringing in a few new items to the store and would like your input: Which store item should we add next?
On the heels of the SolarWinds Service Desk announcement, we thought it was only appropriate to formally introduce a new member to the THWACK® team who is joining us from the recent Samanage acquisition: yumdarling!
Yum’s new role is focused primarily on Community Management of both the THWACK and ITSM communities. If you haven’t already, you’ll start seeing her name pop up all over the boards, but until then, here’s some getting-to-know-you facts about her.
I can’t say I’ve ever come across the name Yum before. Is there a story behind it?
Yes! My name means "beach" in Hebrew. I was born in Israel. When my parents moved us abroad (the first time), they had to decide how to spell my name in English. The options were Yum and Yam. Yam would have made more sense to Hebrew speakers, but thank goodness my parents both knew a little bit about English and knew that Yum would be closer to the correct sound. (Yam... could you imagine?). The name Darling... well, I married into that one.
How did you get into community management?
Well... I was always the "forum mom" even before I knew what community management was. I went to college for something completely different (ask me about bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology). I got a job out of college doing marketing for a small IT MSP, and then found out that people are actually doing community management for work! My whole life changed in an instant (or, like a year-ish) where I was in charge of a small community of IT business owners. The rest is history (or it will be one day, when I'm famous).
Can you tell us a little bit about why you love your job as a community manager?
The best thing about life is connection. The best thing about working is making a difference in someone else's day. Community lets me do both! I can meet and talk to a bunch of people and make a difference in their day (hopefully an awesome difference).
I’ve heard you speak in several tongues. How many languages do you know and actively practice?
I love languages! Hebrew, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic are my best languages. I'm actively learning Chinese, Japanese, and ASL. I've got a couple more that I can have get by with if I have to (and understand what people are saying if they feel the need to talk about me) and I've attempted to learn French. Maybe I'll go back to it one day, who knows?
What are you most excited about joining and supporting the THWACK community?
I have to pick one thing?! I love how active this community is. There is so much going on at all times and so many people to chat with... I can't wait!
What are some hobbies you enjoy?
Oh man, so many. I love reading and writing, driving down long winding roads, cooking and baking for my friends, and watching movies with my family. (In the last week, my 2.5-year-old son and I have watched “Frozen” approximately 12 times.)
Speaking of reading – what are you reading now?
Overdeliver by Brian Kurtz, and I’m rereading the fourth Harry Potter book (Goblet of Fire) on the side.
Are you a dog, cat, or neither person?
Both! I have a dog and four cats at home and I used to run an animal rescue.
Life highlight from the past 30 days?
Other than "became THWACK's community manager?" I fed a giraffe and watched it eat my mom's glasses.
Have a question for Yum? Or just want to shed light on this “little” community thing we’ve been doing on THWACK to get her up to speed? Comment below!
THWACKnation - Are any of you monitoring Windows workloads in AWS? Or even just the OS? Please comment below, we have a team that would like to speak with you!
Upon glancing around the world, everything appears tranquil and peaceful. Data packets are moving quietly behind the scenes and all is well, from the hardware to the presentation. A calm permeates your landscape.
However, there are anomalies, seen just past the corner of your eye. A few artifacts appear on a video call. There’s a subtle shift in audio during a conversation. A hiccough in a data transfer happened one moment and was gone the next. None of these are immediate cause for alarm… or are they? The surface might appear serene, but what insights lie under the façade? Begin our mission to uncover the insights within your NetWorld.
Complete the mission shortcut to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a Vector ® Robot by Anki
The shortcut is simple and you have two choices:
1. Upgrade to 2019.2, or download NPM or NCM
2. Take a screenshot of Network Insight™ for Palo Alto in your environment (Node details or site-to-site in NPM, Policy details in NCM)
3. Submit screenshot
Don’t have a Palo Alto firewall? Take the alternate route.
Navigate to My Dashboards -> Home -> Orion Maps
2. Take a screenshot of a map you created or edited yourself!
Correctly answer all 20 questions by June 30, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Yale Assure Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt and Amazon Cloud Cam
You've got everything locked down tight. Your servers are patched, your infrastructure is healthy, your users are happy, even your printers are full of paper. Everything’s as it should be.
Then, something changed. You don't know where, and you don't know what, you just know something’s wrong. Something new, something different, something unexpected has befallen your quiet life. It’s time to alter your outlook. You need to transform the way you defend your environment and yourself.
Complete the mission shortcut between May 6, 2019 and June 2, 2019 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win an iPad!
IT infrastructure event logs can generate hundreds (if not thousands) of instances per second, making it difficult for even the most sophisticated search algorithms to keep pace. Your security posture is only as effective as your ability to search for words or phrases that may indicate suspicious or malicious activity. SolarWinds® Log & Event Manager is a tool designed to help IT and security professionals visualize cyberactivity search results that could be useful in identifying potential threats to on-premises IT infrastructure. Visualizing your search results can help make sense of log data and reduce your exposure to attacks and suspicious activity. Show us how frequently words appear in your log data using the Word Cloud in nDepth!
Correctly answer all 20 questions by June 2, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Lenovo Chromebook 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop
Earth Day is right around the corner—on April 22, people from all around the world will come together to demonstrate support for environmental protection. From global cleanups and reforestation, to local recycling programs, environmental protection is a cause everyone can support!
As tech pros, you know all too well that Earth isn’t the only environment that needs to be protected. Every aspect of your distributed, cloudy, complex IT environments requires protection from the threats that keep you (and your fellow techies) up at night. Security threats lurk beneath the surface and cybercriminals keep finding new ways to compromise the tech environments you hold so dear. Protecting these environments is truly something to be celebrated.
Last year, you shared your favorite tips and tricks for minimizing your data center footprint, and this year we want to know how you defend your environment against threats. In honor of Earth Day, let us know how you “protect” your IT environment (below!).
You unfurl the map – acquired at great personal cost – and determine the next step on your quest. There are pitfalls to avoid, traps to disable, and secrets to unearth. Behind each door lies another piece of evidence, another trace in the dust of a previous passage, and a hunch on where to go next.
Within the crypt is an artifact more valuable than any other MacGuffin. Do whatever’s necessary to acquire the “Hidden Key to Lost Performance” and make sure it’s placed in a museum.
Complete the mission shortcut between April 1, 2019 and April 28, 2019 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a Cubii Jr: Desk Elliptical!
Correctly answer all 20 questions by April 28, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! GoPro Hero 7
Variety might be the spice of life, but for us in IT, understanding and finding a sweet new solution to a problem is the real treat. Vanilla and chocolate are so boring. Let’s introduce you to a brand-new flavor that may turn out to be your favorite.
Your end users work everywhere these days: in the office, on the road, at their homes, in ice cream shops. It’s time you join in and discover “A Sweet New Flavor of Remote Support”, Dameware Remote Everywhere.
Complete the mission shortcut between March 25, 2019 and April 7, 2019 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a Blue Apron Signature for Four meal plan!
The shortcut is simple:
Correctly answer all 10 questions by April 7, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Cuisinart Air Fryer
We want to hear from you! Help us understand how you manage application performance, security, and resiliency. Complete our 2 minute survey before March 31, 2019 to earn 2,000 THWACK points and help us create tools just for you.
You find yourself with a multitude of clues. Use your instincts and your plethora of tools to understand the means behind this atrocious crime. This is the worst crime of all. The epitome of treachery. What crime you may ask? Theft of productivity.
Comb through the clues and look deep into the bowels of your infrastructure. Avoid the red herrings and get down to the actual root cause. Detectives are only as good as their mind and tools, so use them both to find the culprit in “The Case of the Curious Systems Meltdown.”
Complete the mission shortcut between March 14, 2019 and March 31, 2019 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a Nanoleaf Canvas Starter Kit!
The shortcut is simple:
Correctly answer all 20 questions by March 31, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! 3D Printer
IT professionals come from all walks of life, work in all manner of industries, and have experiences that make each of them unique. To better understand your personal and professional growth, we’re requesting ten minutes of your time to complete our census.
This survey will cover many aspects of your career, not just the parts where SolarWinds plugs in. The IT landscape is constantly changing and new needs are continually emerging. Whether it’s migrating workloads to the cloud, the need for an increased security posture, or optimizing line-of-business applications, we want to know: what are you working on today? What are you anticipating tomorrow? What’s keeping you up at night, looking at the next few years? Let us know and pad your THWACK wallet.
As compensation for your time, the first 100 respondents will receive a $25 Visa® gift card, while supplies last*. Everyone who completes the survey and enters their THWACK username before March 31, 2019 will be rewarded 3,000 THWACK points to use in the store, good towards any purchase you like.
*See Terms and Conditions for official rules
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, so dust off your “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” shirt and celebrate! Before heading out to show off your Irish stepdancing skills, tell us about your luckiest moments as a tech pro—because leprechauns aren’t the only ones who can find a pot of gold on the other side of the rainbow.
We want to know when you’ve felt luckiest in your career—the situations that made you raise a glass to yourself, or to the “luck of the tech pro!” When did you feel like things could have gone terribly wrong but didn’t? Did something break? Get lost or deleted? You know that feeling—all hope seemed lost, but like magic, everything worked out. (At least we hope you know that feeling).
Share your luckiest stories about finding the tech pro pot o’ gold by March 12, 2019, and we’ll give you 250 THWACK points in return!