THWACK [Mini] Mission: Network Management


There are gems in your network; you've seen them yourself. In the nodes and the data. It takes a special person to see them when they happen to reveal themselves, and an even more avid fan to go looking for them. You've made a career out of finding these hidden treasures – they appear to you as though you called them from the ether. 

You have a secret though – you're monitoring your network with a slew of products made specifically for your needs. You can find clusters of gems in the most convoluted of networks. This is your calling. Your mission. Your passion. While you've kept it to yourself in the past, this month, you're bringing your talents to the public. Ready to go digging for hidden gems?


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:
Aug 24, 2020: JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Aug 31, 2020: Mini Projector

Grand Prize:
Aug 31, 2020: 1byone Wireless Turntable HiFi System with 36 Watt Bookshelf Speakers


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on August 17, 2020. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until August 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.


Complete the mission shortcut between August 17, 2020 and August 30, 2020 to be entered to win a Telescope!

The Flow Tool bundle from SolarWinds is a versatile collection for your troubleshooting tooldbox, Netflow Generator, Netflow Replicator, and Netflow Configurator. You can use the NetFlow Generator to check firewall rules or load balancer configurations or to generate demo traffic to test NetFlow Traffic Analyzer. The NetFlow Replicator can be used to send a single stream of flow traffic from your network infrastructure to a single destination, and then consume it in multiple NTA instances. Lastly, NetFlow Configurator offers a simple method to set up basic NetFlow v5 on a single device at a time, and you can also consider trying Network Configuration Manager to automate mass changes in yourr network to enable NetFlow export.

Shortcut Steps:

  1. Download the Flow Tool Bundle here:
  2. Second, unzip the bundle. Inside, you'll find three installers—one for the Flow Replicator, one for the Flow Generator, and one for the Flow Configurator. To install one or more of these, execute the installer file, and follow the prompts. NOTE: You can install only what you need; you don't have to install all three on the same system.
  3. For today's Shortcut, let's launch the utility for NetFlow Configurator.
  4. Enter the IP address of the router where you would like to configure NetFlow v5. The utility will report if the device doesn't support this method of configuration. 
  5. To read and modify the configuration, you can use SNMP v1, v2, or v3. Enter the appropriate credentials and select "Next" to read the current device configuration.
  6. The current device configuration will show you the destinations for flow currently enabled or allow you to specify two destinations for the device to forward NetFlow records.
  7. Select the checkboxes for the desired configuration and then select "Apply." 
  8. Take a screenshot of your config and submit it here.


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