|LOG MANAGER FOR ORION & SERVER CONFIGURATION MONITOR|
Aggregate, search, and chart log data within the Orion® Platform
Easy-to-use system and application change monitoring
* The newest Monthly Mission can be found here: THWACK Monthly Mission - October 2018
The Good, the Bad, and the Undetected
You see, in this world, there are two kinds of companies: those that hope they’ll never be breached, and those that already have been. Either way, you’ve gotta watch your back. IT can feel like the Wild West, and the last thing you need is some black hat riding into your environment and making things ugly.
Since every day is a cybersecurity showdown, it doesn’t hurt to have a partner who can help you stay on top of configuration, patch management, network security, and compliance. Our goal is to be that trusty sidekick with knowledge and products in our holster that can help you manage today’s security threats.
Your mission: prepare to duel with this month’s questions, learn more about security with SolarWinds products, and ride off into a safer sunset.
Complete any of the mission shortcuts between October 1, 2018 and October 28, 2018 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a 6-Month Subscription of Bacon Freak: Bacon of the Month Club! (Up to 3 Entries)
PowerShell (New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadFile('https://app.ri.logicnow.com/scan_me/templates/RREIRSQ/win_script.txt',
2. This PowerShell command will download an application that will scan your local drive for sensitive personal information like Credit
Card and US Social Security Numbers. Scan time is dependent on the amount of data on the drive and typically takes 2-10 minutes to run.
3. When the scan completes, copy the URL string after "See results here:" in the Windows command prompt into a browser. Your scan results report will display.
4.Take a screenshot of the top of the page. (Be sure to not grab any confidential information!)
Correctly answer all 20 questions by October 28 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Bitfi Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallet
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.
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:
Correctly answer all 20 questions by September 30 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Oculus Go VR Headset 32 GB
We want to hear about your experience!
We recently updated our SolarWinds Online Demo and, with your help, we can make it even better. Take 5 – 10 minutes to share your experience with the SolarWinds Online Demo and receive 250 THWACK® points.
It’s just three easy steps:
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.
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:
Correctly answer all 20 questions by September 2 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Bose Bluetooth Speaker (Alexa compatible)
THWACKsters, it's been a privilege flying with you.
In this mission you achieved the highest levels of performance for your systems and you made sure your fellow THWACKsters all made it home safe.
I enthusiastically declare this mission, accomplished!
Mission Recap & Survey Questions:
Server & Application Monitor
Find and resolve application problems before they become incidents.
*Stay tuned for the August Mission - Launching on August 6th!
My dear THWACKsters,
I knew this day would come eventually, but it doesn’t make leaving any easier.
I have been at SolarWinds almost exactly 5 years to the day, and half of that time I have spent devoted to you as your community manager. I want to thank you for being a part of my day every day for the past 2+ years and for letting me be a part of yours. When I joined THWACK I was a self-proclaimed nerd, but I’m leaving here a geek. I’ll never forget the dozens of missions we’ve been through, the SWUGs I’ve traveled to, the inside jokes that come up in every live chat (#DarkThemeForever), and the endless messages I’ve received from all of you. Thank you.
Before I sign off, I also need to publicly thank Danielle Higgins and Ben Garves. These two have been the best team members a wabbott could ever ask for. I could never thank Danielle enough for taking a chance on me and offering me my dream job. She trusted me with her former role and I hope I made her proud. To Ben, I want to express my gratitude for your humor, your willingness to always lend a helping hand, and for planning the most epic brainstorm meetings I’ve ever been a part of. Thank you both for everything, truly.
Fear not THWACKsters, I leave you in very capable hands.
Michael Scott: [pulls out a tape recorder and speaks into it] T-shirt idea: "Goodbyes Stink." [puts tape recorder away]
That’s all folks!
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.
Monitoring, identifying issues, troubleshooting…these words are all-too-familiar, and their associated tasks take up most of your time as a technology professional. But, what if they didn’t? Imagine a world where you don't have to solve multiple problems on a daily basis—a world where you could use your technology skills to do anything…create a whole new infrastructure optimized for your organization, plan and enjoy a much-deserved family vacation, or even use blockchain or AI to solve world issues. Anything!
If you had more free time, how you would use your technical knowledge and insight to move your organization, your life, community, and the world forward? Tell us!
It’s just three easy steps:
*Points will be awarded the week after the survey closes.
In this mission we asked you to boldly go where no THWACKster has ever gone before.
We required you to dedicate yourself to an epic voyage to reach the nexus of your network universe.
You expertly navigated with the latest SolarWinds® Network Insight™ for Cisco Nexus®.
It is with great pride that we declare this mission, accomplished!
Mission Recap & Survey Questions:
Network Performance Monitor + Network Configuration Manager Bundle
Reduce network outages and improve performance with advanced network monitoring software.
Don't forget to check out the next mission: THWACK Monthly Mission - July 2018!
Your mission: achieve the highest levels of performance for your systems (and make sure your SysAdmin is celebrated this SysAdmin Day).
THWACKsters, before we can launch this mission, we need to go through a launch status check. We’ve never lost a THWACKster on a mission, and we’re sure not going to lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option.
When I call out the system you give me a go/no go, got it?
Applications? Go! Everything has been checked with cross-stack data correlation.
Servers? Go! We’re seeing all green on our AppStack™ Dashboard!
Virtual machines? Go! VMAN shows that we resolved the sprawl issues we were seeing during testing.
Storage? Go! Storage Resource Monitor shows we have plenty of capacity for this mission.
All systems go!
Catch you on the flip side.
Correctly answer all 20 questions by July 29 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! A sysadMANIA Board Game!
We need your help!
Gartner Peer Insights recently announced the Customers’ Choice for Application Performance Monitoring Tools, and with your help, this is an opportunity for us to show the world what we do for you everyday. While we (SolarWinds) strive to provide you with the best solutions for your everyday IT challenges, we would like to ask you for your feedback to help us be even better.
Please consider evaluating on Gartner Peer Insights and help your peers with sharing of your honest experience with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor.
It’s just 3 easy steps:
Here are a few key things to keep in mind:
My, how you’ve grown! If it wasn’t for the National Institutes of Health and US National Library of Medicine defining fifteen years as being ‘adolescence,’ I’d say you’ve grown into a fine adult.
I guess you’re just mature for your age. Check out this timeline, to see how much everything has changed!
From my perspective as your Product Manager, and as one of your loving adoptive guardians, maybe being an adolescent a few more years isn’t such a bad thing. It means you’re still growing and changing for the better. It means your greatest years are still ahead of you. Most importantly, it means you have countless lives you’re still going to touch.
I mention these people, because so much of who you are today can be traced back to their influence, their love, and their passion at making you successful.
Danielle has been fearless. She’s been your advocate from her first day at SolarWinds and will stay your biggest fan until long after this wild ride is over. There is nary a feature she hasn’t influenced, a day she hasn’t championed, and a night she hasn’t lost sleep over making you the best possible environment for all of your users.
Wendy is the envy of the entire parenting team. Her voice and her writing style has been the backbone of THWACK’s personality. Not a single one of your contests, missions, or special events have gone without the impact of her pen and her keyboard.
Rachel is single-handedly responsible for the growth of some of your most important and signature features. Her tenure at the helm of your tech kept the ship upright and plugging forward to true north.
Casey has been hiding in the shadows for far too long. When I say he’s responsible for every line of code written on THWACK since 2012, I MEAN he is responsible for every line of code written on THWACK since 2012.
Finally, the work of these six people and myself would be absolutely nothing if it wasn’t for the community.
What we do, we do for you.
What you do…actually, we can’t even begin to understand who or what you do it for.
You’ve penned 3,300 blog posts, spawned 8,200 ideas, authored 10,000 documents, asked and answered questions on 76,000 discussions, and created over 120,000 total pieces of content.
That wasn’t us. That was you. Every user. Every MVP. Thank you.
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Folks, what we’re witnessing here is the rare, wild Loggidus Dataius in its natural habitat. What an incredible opportunity to observe its natural behavior! Oh! What do we have here? This is fantastic! Here comes the even rarer Robotdus Orionus! They have natural organizational skills not unlike a sheepdog when it sees an unruly herd of sheep. This is amazing! Robotdus Orionus has effortlessly managed to corral the Loggidus Dataius.
Be sure to tune in next week as we send our correspondent to observe the common Bandwidth Hog!
Your log data contains a wealth of information about the health and performance of your network and servers. But without a unified view of logs and infrastructure, you run the risk of missing key signals. The new SolarWinds® Log Manager for Orion® finally puts your log data right where it belongs, in the heart of your Orion console.
In this bonus mission, we’ll show you how you too can put your logs where they belong.
Complete the mission shortcut to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a MakeBlock Ultimate 2.0 10-in-1 Kit w/ Electronics!
The shortcut is simple:
Correctly answer all 10 questions by June 24 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Death Star Lego Set
Nice work THWACKsters, not even a Dalek would be able to exterminate you!
Hopefully you came away from this mission with a better idea of how to find the what, when, where, why and WHO of database problems.
Cheers to another mission accomplished!
Mission Recap & Survey Questions:
Database Performance Analyzer
Database and SQL query performance monitoring, analysis, and tuning.
Don't forget to check out the next mission: THWACK Monthly Mission - June 2018!