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You made good use of SolarWinds® Database Performance Analyzer and managed to find proof of X.E. Dental DBA's innocence and set him free!

Another job well done & another mission accomplished!

 

THWACK MONTHLY MISSION - APRIL 2017

 

Mission recap survey & questions:

 

Database Performance Analyzer

Performance Monitoring, Analysis, and Tuning software.

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Don't forget to join us for the next mission, going on now>> THWACK MONTHLY MISSION - MAY 2017

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There are few certainties in this life: death, taxes, and security audits. There’s a good chance that at some point in your career, you’ll have to face the dreaded auditor. Our goal with this month’s mission is to quiz your compliance knowledge so you can ask yourself if you have the expertise to survive an audit. Each week will highlight a different aspect of compliance as follows:

 

  • Week 1: Understanding Compliance
  • Week 2: The Industry Perspective
  • Week 3: Risks to Compliance and Risks of Non-compliance
  • Week 4: Tools for Compliance in IT

 

Audits shouldn’t feel like IT Pro Vs. Auditor, SolarWinds is here to help.

 

MAY 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: 32" Samsung® curved computer monitor

 

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on May 1, 2017.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until May 28, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

 

Correctly answer all five questions within a given week and you’ll be entered to win the weekly 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.

 

 

***MISSION SHORTCUT***

 

Complete the mission shortcut to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK points & enter to win an Aegis Padlock SSD - USB 3.0 Solid State Drive!

 

The shortcut is simple:

1.    Download Log & Event Manager

2.    Upload a screenshot after install of a Compliance Rule

3.    Earn 1,000 THWACK points per product & enter to win an Aegis Padlock SSD - USB 3.0 Solid State Drive

 

Mission shortcut Terms & Conditions: US, UK, & Canada | Germany | Australia

 

Log & Event Manager

A SIEM that makes it easy to use logs for security, compliance, and troubleshooting.

 

 

 

 

Weekly PrizesMon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Winners
Week 1: Mini Vintage Bluetooth® speaker

Complete questions 1-5 by May 7 to be entered to win

Week 2: Yeti® Rambler Bottle 64 oz

Complete questions 6-10 by May 14 to be entered to win

Week 3: Dromida - Vista UAV Quadcopter

Complete questions 11-15 by May 21 to be entered to win

Week 4: THWACK® Hammock + $50 Amazon® Gift Card

Complete questions 16-20 by May 28 to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions by May 28 and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
32" Samsung® curved computer monitor

 

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

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 __________.

Yes, we know it’s only April and IT Professionals Day 2017 isn’t until September 19. However, we want to make sure we do our very best to help celebrate you, the IT professional, on that special holiday. At this time in particular, we’re curious what you think would be a fun, engaging idea for www.ITProDay.org. For example, would you enjoy a quiz on some of the craziest tasks you’re called on to perform in your role, and of course, then seeing your results compared to your peers’? Would you find a funny original video highlighting all the great work IT pros do entertaining? How about e-cards you can share with other IT pros, or perhaps an interactive infographic?

 

Really, the sky’s the limit and we want to know what we can do on the website to in at least some small way help celebrate you. Share any ideas you have with us by Tuesday, May 2, and we’ll give you 200 THWACK points to show our appreciation.

As a response to many of our customers, I am pleased to announce that starting on April 20, 2017 we will now be providing THWACK points for attending our SolarWinds Academy virtual live classes.  My hope is this offering will expose the great training we provide today to even more of our existing customers.  In order to receive your points you must attend the class and complete the training survey with a valid THWACK ID.  The point amounts are listed below.  Remember you can attend any class as long as you are under active maintenance for one product.

 

Once the class is completed you will be awarded points based on the length of the class, up to 2000 points*.

 

1 hour = 500

2 hours = 1,000

3 hours = 1,500

4 hours = 2,000

 

Please see the Virtual Classrooms Calendar for upcoming courses.

 

We look forward to seeing you in class!

 

*points will be awarded within 5-10 business days of class completion.

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.

The User Experience (UX) team is interested in knowing more about how you use SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) and how valuable the features are to you.

 

If you’re interested in influencing the direction of NPM, please take our quick 15-minute survey. You’ll receive 500 THWACK points, which can be traded in for some cool stuff!

 

We will be closing the survey on May 3rd, so don’t wait to get your feedback in. Thank you!

 

Access the survey here>> http://solarwinds.npmfeatures.sgizmo.com/s3/

The data center is like a seed – with the right amount of water and sunlight it can help an organization flourish into an abundant flower! OK, sunlight and water are hard to find in your data center – for good reason – but the power needed to run a data center has to come from somewhere, all in the name of helping an organization grow into a productive, efficient, and agile body.

 

Data centers are one of the fastest-growing energy vacuums in the IT industry, and all that power can have an adverse effect on the environment. But at the same time, we know you’re under pressure to keep processes running and your organizations running smoothly, which sometimes means the environment takes a backseat. With Earth Day just around the corner, we want to hear the tips and tricks that are helping you keep your data center green, like utilizing more environmentally-friendly power sources or powering down infrastructure where possible.

 

Let us know what an IT environmentalist looks like by sharing ways to keep data centers running green by April 14th and we’ll plant 250 THWACK points in your account for you to grow whatever you like!

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You entered the Hybrid IT Dimension & successfully navigated the PerfStack Zone!

Well done, mission accomplished!

 

THWACK MONTHLY MISSION - MARCH 2017

 

Mission recap survey & questions:

 

Server & Application MonitorNetwork Performance Monitor

Find and resolve application problems before they become incidents.

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Reduce network outages and improve performance with advanced network monitoring software.

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Don't forget to join us for the next mission, going on now>> THWACK MONTHLY MISSION - APRIL 2017

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Listen up, THWACKsters: our database fugitive has allegedly been running an expensive query for over ninety minutes. Wait time is well above average and application performance is grinding to a halt. What we need from each and every one of you is a search of every database instance, active session, and query—search on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments. Your fugitive's name is X.E. Dental DBA. Your job is to vindicate him and set him free.

 

You will have the assistance of SolarWinds® Database Performance Analyzer to help you prove DBA’s innocence, which will provide you with response-time analysis, historical trending, Multi-Dimensional Performance Analysis, and more.

 

The race for proof is on! Good luck!

 

APRIL 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: Nintendo Switch

 

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on April 3, 2017.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until April 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

 

Correctly answer all five questions within a given week and you’ll be entered to win the weekly 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.

 

***MISSION SHORTCUT***

 

Complete the mission shortcut to earn up to an additional 1,000 THWACK points & enter to win a set of Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds with Activity Tracker!

 

The shortcut is simple:

1.    Download Database Performance Analyzer

2.    Upload a screenshot after install of the Register Instance Wizard

3.    Earn 1,000 THWACK points per product & enter to win a set of Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds with Activity Tracker!

4.    Check out the Getting started guide for DPA to learn about the latest features.

 

Mission shortcut Terms & Conditions: US, UK, & Canada | Germany | Australia

 

Database Performance Analyzer

Performance Monitoring, Analysis, and Tuning software.

 

 

 

 

Weekly PrizesMon
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Wed
Thu
Fri
Winners
Week 1: Echo Dot 2nd generation

Complete questions 1-5 by April 9th to be entered to win

Week 2: Puma digital sports watch

Complete questions 6-10 by April 16th to be entered to win

Week 3: Go Pro Hero

Complete questions 11-15 by April 23rd to be entered to win

Week 4: Jpilis Fitness Tracker

Complete questions 16-20 by April 30th to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions by April 30th and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
Nintendo switch

 

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

The vMX is a full-featured, carrier-grade virtual MX Series 3D Universal Edge Router that extends 15+ years of Juniper Networks edge routing expertise to the virtual realm. This appliance is for the Virtual Forwarding Plane (vFP) VM and is meant to be paired with the Virtual Control Plane (vCP) VM.

 

https://gns3.com/marketplace/appliance/juniper-vmx-vfp

https://gns3.com/marketplace/appliance/juniper-vmx-vcp

 

Thanks to gns3madman for the contribution

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.

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It's elementary my dear THWACKsters, by using the Appstack you were able to solve the mystery in no time!

Job well done, another mission accomplished!

 

THWACK MONTHLY MISSION - February 2017

 

Mission recap survey & questions:

 

Don't let application mysteries slow you down! Try the Appstack mystery-solving tools free:

 

Server & Application MonitorVirtualization ManagerStorage Resource Monitor

Find and resolve application problems before they become incidents.

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Optimize and fix virtual issues in minutes with vSphere® and Hyper-V monitoring

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Multi-Vendor Storage Performance & Capacity Monitoring

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Don't forget to join us for the next mission, going on now>> THWACK MONTHLY MISSION - MARCH 2017

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There is another dimension beyond that which is known to an IT pro. A dimension not only of alerts and metrics, but of time. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between networks and applications, between science and technology, and it lies between the pit of troubleshooting and the summit of IT knowledge. This is the dimension of Hybrid IT. It is an area which we call the PerfStack Zone.

 

You are journeying into the Hybrid IT Dimension. Next stop, the PerfStack Zone!

 

March 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: A Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer!

 

Mission Rules

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on March 6, 2017.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until April 2, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

 

Correctly answer all five questions within a given week and you’ll be entered to win the weekly 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.

 

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In addition to the awesome prizes and THWACK points up for grabs this month, we're bringing back the mission "shortcut".

Complete the mission shortcut to earn up to an additional 2,000 THWACK points & enter to win an X Rocker Pro Series Pedestal Gaming Chair!

 

The shortcut is simple:

1.    Download one of the products listed below: Server & Application Monitor or Network Performance Monitor

2.    Upload a screenshot after install of the Performance Analysis Dashboard

3.    Earn 1,000 THWACK points per product & enter to win an X Rocker Pro Series Pedestal Gaming Chair!

 

Mission shortcut Terms & Conditions: US, UK, & Canada | Germany | Australia

 

Server & Application MonitorNetwork Performance Monitor

Find and resolve application problems before they become incidents.

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Submit Screenshot>>

Reduce network outages and improve performance with advanced network monitoring software.

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Submit Screenshot>>

 

Weekly PrizesMon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Winners
Week 1 - PerfStack: Fluke Networks MT-8200-49A Network Cable Tester

Complete questions 1-5 by March 12th to be entered to win

Week 2 - PerfStack: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050

Complete questions 6-10 by March 19th to be entered to win

Week 3 - Cloud Infastructure Monitoring: CM Storm QuickFire Rapid-i Fully Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Complete questions 11-15 by March 26th to be entered to win

Week 4 - Database Performance Analyzer:
Pro Tech Toolkit + SE MH1047L Illuminated Multi-Power LED Head Magnifier + SE MZ101B Helping Hand with Magnifying Glass

Complete questions 16-20 by April 2nd to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions by April 2nd and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer

 

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

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