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Posted by maria.bungau Jul 14, 2016

There’s no easy way to say this, so I’m just going to share the news with you: I am leaving THWACK. But don’t worry, it’s not you, it’s me. Seriously now, it was a tough decision to make, and I’ll try not to turn this farewell into something cheesy.

 

Even though this is my last week as an official THWACK gatekeeper, guardian of points and professional (s)talker (but soon to be a lurker, because, let’s face IT, who can actually quit THWACK forever?), I still believe I was beyond lucky to have the chance to be part of this amazingly welcoming community, a community which wouldn’t exist without each and every one of you.

 

I must confess that over the past 2 years THWACK made my job not feel like work. Yes, I did have my gloomy days, when all I wanted to do was to hide under the covers and sleep. But at the end of the day, I felt that it was all worth it, and that my contribution made a difference. Which is the closest I ever got to an ideal job.

 

Don’t get me wrong, work will always be work, as long as we need that paycheck to pay the bills. But when you are surrounded by passionate and creative people who want to deliver quality, you get inspired and want to get invested more. For most of us, this takes up at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Why spend every day wishing it were Friday, only to wake up next Monday and continue this vicious circle? THWACK allowed not to feel that way, and for this I’m eternally grateful.

 

But what I’m even more grateful for is having been part of a team which believed in me, accepted my quirkiness, and gave me an opportunity to grow and learn at my own pace. And while this community means much more than the THWACK team, I do have to give a shout out to mrs.alterego, wabbott, and DanielleH. Especially Danielle, who was so much more than my manager. She was genuinely a friend and the best colleague I could hope for. Thank you so much for your patience showed when I joined the team, for giving me the chance to see why Austin is weird, and for the support you gave me when I decided to move to some new opportunities.

 

Now, before I look for a tissue to wipe away whatever got into my eyes and caused those lacrimal glands to act all funky, I want to assure y'all I'm leaving you in good hands, and I wish everyone will enjoy THWACK as much as I did. And if you ever wanted to know more about myself, here’s some fun facts instead of a goodbye.

 

 

Yours truly,

Maria Bungău

 

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Mission Accomplished! You fearlessly answered the call when your Network was under siege from the latest security breach & expertly used SolarWinds tools to get the job done. You may be just an IT guy but you have the power to take on any NETSEC challenges you may face.

thwack Monthly Mission - April 2016

 

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Mission Accomplished! Don’t forget to join us for our next mission>> thwack Monthly Mission - May 2016

Mission Accomplished! You bravely took the oath and conquered the mission with reckless abandon. You stood watch over your IT environments even with the ominous threat of downtime, network issues, slowing servers & applications, and constant security threats. You have earned your spot at the House of SolarWinds and we respect your courage.

thwack Monthly Mission - March 2016

 

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Mission Accomplished! Don’t forget to join us for our next mission starting April 4th!

Mission accomplished! Thank you for joining us for the first ever SolarWinds Free Tool Brack-IT-Ology.

Win or lose you are all a part of our dream team!

thwack Monthly Mission - February 2016

 

Mission recap survey & questions:

 

Free trials & Free tools:

Manage IT from top to bottom with SolarWinds free trials & tools.

Free Trials

Fully Functional, 30-Day Trial

Free Tools

Limited Functions, 100% Forever Free

Bandwidth Analyzer Pack (BAP)

 

                       

Network Analyzer & Bandwidth Monitoring Bundle (NABMB)

 

                      

Server & Application Monitor (SAM)

 

                      

SolarWinds Admin Bundle for Active Directory

 

                      

Database Performance Analyzer (DPA)

 

                      

Database Performance Analyzer Free (DPAF)

 

                      

Log & Event Manager (LEM)

 

                      

Event Log Consolidator (ELC)

 

                      

 

Mission accomplished!  Don’t forget to join us for our next mission starting March 7th!

thwack Monthly Mission - March 2016

Dear Network,

St. Patrick’s Day is approaching and it’s got me to thinking about all that luck of the Irish business. After all, have you ever considered just how lucky you are to have me as your admin? Between taking the heat for your slow connection speeds and trying to keep tabs on your packet loss, it hasn’t exactly been all sunshine and rainbows for me, you know. Yet here I am, day in and day out, caring for you as if you’re my own wee lass. So, while we continue to reach together for that networking pot o’ gold, all I really want is for you to understand just why you’re so lucky to have me. Let me count the ways…

Sincerely,

Your NetAdmin

 

Back in October, we asked you to share with us what words of advice and comfort you had for your network heading into the New Year. Well, we’re at it again, except this time, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we want you to tell us why your network is so darn lucky to have you as its admin.

Yeah, we know it’s all a little quirky, but you gotta admit, it’s kinda fun, too. And while none of us actually pen such letters to our networks—well, there may be a few of us who do—how often do thoughts like this cross our minds throughout the day? After all, networks can get a little unruly from time to time, and it’s a difficult job bringing them back in check.

So, while it might bring back painful memories, please think back to some your most trying times with your network and tell us (and your network) using the comments section below why it’s lucky to have such a responsible, attentive admin such as yourself (this will probably be a good exercise in self-appreciation as well).

 

Do so by February 29 and you’ll receive 250 lucky charms, er, thwack points in return.

 

The annual IT budget has just been released and you’ve hit the jackpot! Now that it’s time to think big and not count the bitcoins, what would you buy?

You can invest in anything you want to help you do your job – what would you buy? Unlimited backup storage? High-spec servers with 1TB RAM? Wearable watches which send you alerts? SAS SSD arrays? Robot assistants?

 

What would you invest in to make your job easier? Please use the comments section below to tell us how you’d spend your unlimited IT budget. We want to hear, in as many or as few words as you’d like, what you’d dream up if money was no object. Share your thoughts with us by Monday, February 22 and we’ll give you 250 thwack points in return (sorry, it’s a bit too early for chocolate Easter eggs).

We don't always do upgrades, but when we do, it takes a lot of sleepless hours and error messages. But in the end, it's worth it, because, lets face it, who doesn't like a not-so-new, but improved and better looking thwack? So, to cut the long story short, here are a few of the changes and improvements you can now enjoy. And, as usual, feel free to share your feedback, questions, and concerns in the comments section.

 

New Community Capabilities

  • Helpful answers: helpful answers are now cumulative. Once a comment receives a configurable number of helpful votes, it will automatically become the correct answer.
  • Same question: if you come across an open question you too struggle with, you can now mark 'I have the same question' and be notified once an answer has been found.

  • Targeted news streams:
  • News stream view: you'll get a prioritized and tailored summary view of relevant news, along with the streams you choose to follow.

 

 

 

New Collaboration Features

  • Your view: personalize your view however you like. Group and categorize information the way it makes sense to you by using new tiles, like Expanding Sections, or use auto-populating tiles such as Frequently Viewed, Recently Viewed, and more.
  • Your stuff, consolidated: your Inbox, Actions, and the new Your View are now accessible from everywhere in the community via a drop-down menu in the main menu bar, just to the left of your avatar.

 

New and Enhanced Community Capabilities

  • Search content: search more effectively with top recommended results. We ensure specific content items appear at the top of search results when you search using specific keywords or phrases. No more sifting through results to find what you are looking for!
  • Skills and endorsements: profiles have been extended to include user configurable skills. You can endorse your peers for their specific qualities. Skills are searchable with those users with higher endorsements ranking higher in the result relevance.

 

Where did my stuff go?

  • Content Creation: the content creation bar under Activity was removed, but you can easily create any type of content from the menu under Create.

  • People: if you want to invite friends or co-workers to thwack, you can still do that by going to Browse -> People. You’ll find the Send Invites button the left side of the screen.

  • Email preferences: with the new profile changes, the email preferences were set to default, so you might need to go and change them according to your needs. To do that, you just need to go to your Profile -> Preferences -> General Preferences.

Mission Accomplished! Well done, you have successfully formed an alliance with two powerhouses in the alliance of network management supremacy: Network Performance Monitor (NPM) & GNS3 and used your virtual powers for good.

thwack Monthly Mission - January 2016

 

Mission recap survey & questions:


Free trials & Free tools:

Take your network monitoring to the next level with SolarWinds® & GNS3®!

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Network Performance Monitor

Reduce network outages with affordable, easy-to-use network monitoring software


Network Analyzer & Bandwidth Monitoring Bundle

Our FREE Network Analyzer & Bandwidth Monitoring Bundle makes it easy to quickly identify the types of network traffic by flow data capture and interface monitoring for bandwidth usage in real time!

 

GNS3

GNS3 offers an easy way to design and build networks of any size without the need for hardware.

 

Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor

Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor makes it easy to keep a close eye on a troublesome interface and monitors the bandwidth usage in real-time!

 

 

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Mission accomplished!  Join us for the next mission, Free tool Bracket Battle - February 2016!>>

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I don’t like Windows 8. Can I upgrade to Windows 10?

You already have Windows 10.

No, this is 8. I don’t like it. Can I change it?

Every computer here already has Windows 10.

Well, can I still have the upgrade?

                                                

Let’s face it. Some people should barely be allowed to go near a computer, much less use one. IT departments across the globe are flooded with requests that, 9 times out of 10, can be solved with a pinch of common sense. And now it’s time for you to let us know your workplace horror stories.

 

Use the comments section below to share the silliest questions, problems and requests you’ve had to sort out for others at your workplace. We’re looking for absolutely everything from a stupefying back-and-forth to a cry for help that boggles the mind. Showcase the stupidity in the comments below, and we'll give you 250 thwack points!!

Mission Accomplished! Well done Padawan, you have completed your trials and have earned the rank of Jedi Knight!

thwack Monthly Mission - December 2015

 

Mission recap survey & questions:

 

Free trials & Free tools:

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Free Tools

Limited Functions, 100% Forever Free

Database Performance Analyzer

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Database Performance Analyzer Free tool

Free SQL tuning software for faster database performance.


 

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Today, many objects in Orion have a status, and Orion has different kinds of statuses. We’re kicking around the idea of streamlining status so that you can use status to determine one thing:  How concerned should I be about this object?


We’d like to hear your thoughts on statuses. Please click here to take our 10 minute survey, and you'll get in return 250 thwack points.


The survey closes on November 3rd.

 

TAKE OUR SURVEY!

I was working in the data center, late one night

When my eyes beheld an eerie sight

For my SIEM began to screech

And suddenly there was a breach…

 

Ok, ok—that was a bit cheesy. But hey, it’s October, which means two things:

 

  1. It’s Cyber Security Awareness Month
  2. It’s almost Halloween

 

So how could we not take advantage of the opportunity for a little SolarWinds-style “Monster Mash”? You know, one thing security incidents have in common with the “Monster Mash” is that they both certainly catch on in a flash (more top-grade cheddar!).

 

But seriously, what better time of year than spooky ‘ol October to focus on cyber security? After all, security incidents have a tendency to create real-life nightmares. And so, in honor of both Cyber Security Awareness Month and Halloween, we’d like to hear your craziest, scariest security tales from the crypt…err data center.

 

Using the comments section below, please share your spookiest IT security stories—big or small, truly scary or a little funny—and how you were able to get out of the nightmare alive, or at least what lessons you learned.

 

Share your thoughts with us by October 16, and we’ll give you 250 thwack points (sorry, no candy).

The cloud needs no introduction. It’s perhaps one of, if not the most, pervasive topics in IT today, and the pace of adoption of cloud-based technologies is rapidly increasing. However, in almost all environments, there are workloads that have and will most likely remain on-premises for the foreseeable future. This reality has become known as hybrid IT: migrating some infrastructure to the cloud, while continuing to maintain some critical services on site.

 

This journey towards hybrid IT is changing the face of the IT profession. IT professionals in the hybrid IT era must transcend traditional roles, possessing not only deep understanding of enterprise networks, data centers and application delivery, but also the ability to manage infrastructures, integrate cloud services and ensure quality-of-service that meet business performance needs for any given service delivered via a cloud provider.

 

We’d like to learn more about your perspective on and experiences with hybrid IT thus far. Please click here to take our short two to three minute survey.

 

The survey closes on October 18. Take it before then and receive 250 thwack points.

 

TAKE OUR SURVEY!

A SQL query walks into a bar and sees two tables. He walks up to them and asks, “Can I join you?”

 

Why do you never ask SQL queries to help you move your furniture? They sometimes drop the tables.

 

We hope those gave you a good chuckle because sometimes database administrators (including you “accidental” DBAs) need some laughter to get you through the day. After all, managing databases - the very heart of IT - at a time when IT success equals organizational success can be a tough, albeit rewarding, gig. Not to mention the fact that more and more, you’re called upon to step outside your comfort zone and manage multiple database platforms, whether Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL or a variety of others, adding to the complexity of your job.

 

So, we want to give you an outlet to vent a bit about your frustrations as a DBA.

 

Using the comments field below, tell us about your biggest database performance challenges, combined with what might make your life managing databases easier. While we want to hear about any and all database performance challenges that are top of mind for you, we’re particularly interested in hearing about challenges you face if you manage multiple database platforms.

 

And if you share your thoughts with us by October 2, we’ll even give you 250 thwack points in return (and maybe a few more SQL jokes to boot).

Do you know a thing or two about managing and monitoring a virtual environment? Than you are definitely the one our User Experience (UX) team is looking for.

 

Please click here to proceed to our survey, which shouldn't take more than 5 minutes. Make sure to complete the survey by September 18th, and to show you our appreciation for your effort, we'll throw in 250 thwack points. Points will be added to your accounts after the survey closes.

 

TAKE OUR SURVEY!

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