THWACK [Mini] Mission: Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) and Server & Application Monitor (SAM)


The canyons and valleys of Postgres are spread out before you. The world seems like a big place today, what with this new frontier. There’s no way you can do this on your own. You return to the tavern you passed on the way and swing open the doors, scuffing your boots on the hardwood to displace some of the dust. The tavern is what you would expect it to be; dark, with low piano music, people sitting at tables enjoying a beverage on this hot day. The two in the corner catch your eye, their experience is as clear as day.

Next day, you’ve hired yourself two guides; frontiersmen. They know this land and its laws. They know what to expect. The tall one goes by SAM, the stocky one is DPA. Together you set out towards the future. Together, you can discover every aspect of Postgres. Sometimes “together” is exactly what you need.


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 10 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize.

150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question. There are 10 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 1,500 points for this mission.


Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:

June 22, 2020: VANKYO Projector

June 29, 2020: Outdoor Big Screen

Grand Prize:
June 29, 2020: Polk Audio Soundbar


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on June 15, 2020. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until June 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.


Complete the mission shortcut between June 15, 2020 and June 28, 2020 to be entered to win a Core Instant Cabin Tent!

Shortcut Steps:
1. Sign up for a free trial of DPA
2. Install DPA and Create a DPA Repository
3. Register one or more PostgreSQL database instances

After DPA has collected at least two days of data

Select a PostgreSQL database instance
By default the screen associated with the “Trends” tab will be shown

To the right of Trends, you’ll see a “Resources” Tab
Select this tab then select the “Vacuum” tab

Take a snapshot of the screen

4. Submit screenshot


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