• thwack Monthly Mission - August 2015

    Coming off of SolarWinds' annual virtual learning event, thwackCamp 2015 provided thousands of attendees with several deep-dive, best practice and how-to sessions on a number of topics regarding SolarWinds products an...
    last modified by DanielleH
  • Wait...how come I'm not being moderated anymore?

    We finally did it! We built our own spam filter plug-in since we were having so many challenges with the existing spam filters, and we released it just last week! Being the geek that I am, this new plug-in has made me...
    created by mrs.alterego
  • Windows 10: An Honest Review.

    Okay, I'm sure you've read my thrashing concerning Windows 8 and the slight pep I had towards Windows 8.1. Now we have Windows 10. I'll keep this brief. (Probably not.) The good: Total download and installation t...
    last modified by Bronx
  • SysAdmin Horror Stories

    *Cue wolf howling in the background   We’ve all heard spooky tales of hardware stored in rooms where the temperature was up to 140 degrees, servers drowning because someone left the window open during a ra...
    last modified by DanielleH
  • Orchestration, Specifically Application Deployment in the Hybrid Cloud

    On occasion considerations will be made regarding the the migration of applications to the cloud. There are may reasons why an organization might choose to do this.   Full application upgrades, and the desire t...
    last modified by mbleib
  • thwack Monthly Mission - July 2015: Happy SysAdmin Day!

    SysAdmin Day is coming up, but we think you deserve more than one day of recognition. That’s why we’re commemorating the occasion for a full month. After you’ve marched in the parade, posed for a sta...
    last modified by DanielleH
  • Congratulations to our Q3 MVPs!

    Congratulations are in order to the following folks for reaching the ranks of the elite thwack MVPs! Please meet our new MVPs below! To see the rest of our MVP roster or to learn more about how you can join, see h...
    last modified by DanielleH
  • Introducing: Orion User Interface (UI) Refresh

    I’ve got a question for you:  "If Orion were a car, what kind of car would it be?"   We recently asked customers this question during feedback sessions.  The responses were quite consistent, an...
    last modified by awelch
  • What Makes Us Go To Such Extremes?

    I’ve really enjoyed watching (and re-watching, a few times) this video SolarWinds made in honor of SysAdmin day (SysAdmin Day Extreme). What appeals to me – besides the goofy sound effects and scenarios (S...
    Leon Adato
    created by Leon Adato
  • 5 Deadly SysAdmin Sins

    If a bunch of SysAdmins all went out for a beer (or two) after work, there is a 99% chance they would swap user stories from their “hall-of-shame” collections. It’s hard to believe this day in age th...
    last modified by DanielleH
  • Picture This: A World Without IT Pros

    “You’ve been given a great gift, George: A chance to see what the world would be like without you.”   OK, it may seem strange to quote a Christmas flick right about now, but even in the middle o...
    last modified by maria.bungau
  • Show us your "SysAdmin Lair"

    We know that the key to every super SysAdmin's success is their IT lair.  Post a picture of your server room or work space to help us celebrate SysAdmin Day and complete this activity for the July mission for 150...
    last modified by DanielleH
  • The Perils of High Speed Logging

      Like many of you, I suspect, I am firmly under the thumb of my corporate security group. When they want to know what’s going on on the network I’ll put in as many taps as they want; but sometimes t...
    last modified by jgherbert
  • Server & Application Monitor - What we're working on beyond SAM 6.2

    Server & Application Monitor 6.2 included a boatload of great new features that are going to be difficult to top, but that isn't going to stop us from trying. Here is a sneak peek at just a few of the items the te...
    last modified by aLTeReGo
  • It’s Christmas Day. Do You Know How Long You’ve Been DDoS’ed?

    “DDoS trends will include more attacks, the common use of multi-vector campaigns, the availability of booter services and low-cost DDoS campaigns that can take down a typical business or organization” - Q1...
    last modified by mfmahler
  • So You Decided to Move Your Database to the Cloud? What Now?

    Moving your databases to the cloud clearly isn’t for everybody however there definitely are implementations where that makes sense. Smaller businesses and start-ups can often save considerable capital outlay by ...
    last modified by michael.otey

    (Updated August 3, 2015)   Following our 6.1 release of LEM (more info: Announcing General Availability of Log & Event Manager 6.1 - Better Config, and More!), we're back to work on more features and improvem...
    last modified by omri
  • Log & Event Manager 6.2 and a Threat Intelligence Feed

    Over the last few months, the Log & Event Manager (LEM) team has been working hard on a not so short list of features. I'm excited to announce that a major feature of the upcoming release of LEM 6.2 will be someth...
    last modified by omri
  • What We're Working on for NPM

    Since the release on NPM 11.5 we've been hard at working building the next round of exciting functionality and improvements in existing functionality.  I'm excited to share the following list of items we're worki...
    created by cobrien
  • Have You Checked Out GNS3 Yet?

    Every time an organization decides to adopt a new technology or expands its business operations, the IT network is the department where the process begins—changes and additions to the existing network to accommo...
    last modified by donthomas