THWACK Monthly Mission - March 2019

You find yourself with a multitude of clues.  Use your instincts and your plethora of tools to understand the means behind this atrocious crime.  This is the worst crime of all.  The epitome of treachery.  What crime you may ask?  Theft of productivity.

Comb through the clues and look deep into the bowels of your infrastructure.  Avoid the red herrings and get down to the actual root cause.  Detectives are only as good as their mind and tools, so use them both to find the culprit in “The Case of the Curious Systems Meltdown.”


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.

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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Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:
March 11, 2019: Mysterium Board Game

March 18,  2019: Sherlock Holmes Collection 6 Book Box Set

March 25, 2019: LEGO Scooby-Doo The Mystery Machine

April 1, 2019: Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

Grand Prize:
April 1, 2019: 3D Printer


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on March 4, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until March 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.


Complete the mission shortcut between March 14, 2019 and March 31, 2019 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACKRegistered points & enter to win a Nanoleaf Canvas Starter Kit!

The shortcut is simple:

  1. Download a free trial or upgrade to Server & Application Monitor 6.8
  2. Take a screenshot using AppInsight for Active Directory [blur server/node names!]
  3. Submit screenshot here
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by March 10, 2019 to be entered to win: Mysterium Board Game
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by March 17, 2019 to be entered to win: Sherlock Holmes Collection 6 Book Box Set
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by March 24, 2019 to be entered to win: LEGO Scooby-Doo The Mystery Machine
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by March 31, 2019 to be entered to win: Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

Correctly answer all 20 questions by March 31, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! 3D Printer

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

  • Congrats to all the winners!

  • I agree, chipperrocks10​!.  Mayhaps it's because we are all in the same boat; different sizes and shapes of said boat, but the same vessel nonetheless.  We deal everyday with users and peers and supervisors and customers who are constantly increasing the demand for data, solutions, and dare I say it, punching bags.  That has not changed in the 40+ years I've been around this behemoth we call "technology".

    I'm with you in that I have never seen such a closely knit group of IT folk, nor have I seen such a spectacular forum for all of us to come, sit, gripe, play, discuss, banter, advise and have fun.  And yes, just as with any family, there are those with whom you don't agree or see eye-to-eye but hopfully that doesn't deter from the learning and enjoyment.

  • Congrats to all the winners this month!  On to April!!

  • NVM on the recap I could look at what was clicked. Fat Fingers grrr!!!

  • At the risk of seeming to blow an old horn, if you want to get Solarwinds' products, yet you are concerned you may run into roadblocks from your boss or higher management, read this blog post I shared previously.  Once you understand the rules of "the game" by which they require you to play (or how they need you to speak in terms they understand, etc.), you'll have the personal tools needed to start making progress, to get beyond the roadblocks, and to get what your organization needs for management and maximizing your IT team's skills and manpower.

    Although I targeted the blog post with a title specifying "funding", it goes beyond that.  Just knowing the right words and phrases to use that will get Management on your side is a great skill, and I've covered a lot of it here:

    A Stratagem For Obtaining Funding For Your Projects