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THWACK Bonus Mission: SolarWinds 20th Anniversary Memory Reboot

Community Manager

Wow—we can’t believe it’s been 20 years since we started out in this amazing business, bringing our IT passion and expertise to technology professionals like you. But as they say, time flies when you’re having fun! It’s been a fast-paced, extraordinary journey for all of us here at SolarWinds, and we’re excited to celebrate our 20th anniversary with an interactive timeline and a Bonus Mission for all you THWACKsters.

We’ve all seen a lot come and go the past 20 years—and this month we want to test you with tech trivia to see how many milestones you can remember correctly. Ready to take a trip down memory lane? Fire up the ol’ time machine and prepare to celebrate the past 20 years of IT with SolarWinds.

Let’s get started! 


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.

Want to join the mission, but not a member? Sign up FREE now!


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on August 26, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until September 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.


But waitthere's more! Record a short video of how your journey has been with SolarWinds. As SolarWinds reaches another milestone this year – marking 20 years in business – we want to make sure everyone gets a chance to contribute. We want your help in marking this milestone.


August 28 - September 22, 2019


  • All participants will receive 3,000 points for their submission.
  • The first 50 submissions will receive an exclusive SolarWinds 20 hoodie.
  • A panel of judges will pick a single submission and that contributor will receive a cold-aisle data center survival pack including the SolarWinds 20 hoodie, a thermal insulated mug, and a custom blanket.

Our Video Team will expertly craft the submissions into videos to be used as part of our celebration. We're anxious to see everyone’s submissions, so get going!


Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by September 1, 2019 to be entered to win: Frigidaire Retro Mini Compact Beverage Refrigerator
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by September 8, 2019 to be entered to win: Whiskey Decanter Globe Set with 2 Etched Globe Whisky Glasses
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by September 15, 2019 to be entered to win: littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by September 22, 2019 to be entered to win: Orion Labs Onyx Smart Walkie Talkies w/ Unlimited Range

Correctly answer all 20 questions by September 22, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Google WiFi 3-pack

THWACK Bonus Mission Terms & Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Level 10

Thanks, it just popped up the right answer previously. Seeing the correct one now. Man, case of not paying attention, D'oh


today's question was very easy!

Level 10

Unless i'm being  a complete idiot, and please tell me if i am, none of the answers to today's question(question 18) match up the info provided by the hint.

Agreed! I've tried adding them up a few times now and can't quite get to any of the provided answers. Waiting until tomorrow before I commit to an answer on today's question.

Level 8

Having the same issue here, glad it's not my maths

Level 9

I got it wrong, the numbers that tallied up from numbers listed in the hint didn't match the expected answer! Against my own judgement I decided to go on best match.

I did consider going for the specified correct answer before clicking the tallied amount, but this didn't seem to appear in the hint at all? A little misleading... not sure if yumdarling​ agrees?

Not too worry... been fun irrespective 🙂

Level 10

Yeah i totalled them up manually, with a calculator, went to each of the products pages and counted them that way.. none of them matched up with the answers provided.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Thanks for letting me know. I'll look into a better hint for everyone.

Until then, I'm removing the hint link as I don't want to mislead anyone else.

I'll also go ahead and reset wrong answers.

Level 9

That's very kind, thank you.

I don't envy your task when setting the challenges and questions, the competitions and daily questions makes my day as I'm sure others on here will agree, you don't see other vendors with a great community like this around 🙂

Level 11

IT Management Software & Monitoring Tools | SolarWinds

I must be bad at math? - it must depend on how you slice up the pie.

Level 9

graeme.brown​ I believe there are duplicate products listed in each category. I did the easy math first as well. I haven't gone back yet to do subtraction yet. It's too early in the morning for maths.

Level 10

Where did they come up with their answer?  If you add up the numbers listed under each group it does not come up with their answer.  Then if you remove the products that are duplicated under some of the groups, it comes up with even less.

Level 14

Uhhhhh...............I took the time to actually type them all out.  I didn't end on any of the specific answers we have to choose from, but I was very close to one.  Which was deemed an incorrect answer.  I don't see how though because I literally listed them all out and counted them one by one.......How very disappointing!!!!

Level 8

The same happened to me as well.

Level 10

All, I would dive deeper into the links and count all of the free management tools as well.

Level 12

I went here: IT Management Software & Monitoring Tools | SolarWinds  counted 41, do not see that in the list of answers.

Please remove if this gives away the answer....

Level 14

I did this as well but got it wrong.  It gives you the right answer after you get the big fat ugly red X.

Level 8

I guess I should have waited to answer until this got hashed out (or at least more hints were placed here). Now I have a big red X. 

Level 13

I added them up from the main web site and had no problem coming up with the right answer.

Level 10


Level 10

Also, this is a bit of a humble brag.

Level 10


i tried totaling off this and from here


didn't give anything close to any of the possible answers.

The Free tools, don't forget the free tools.....

Level 11

This is one of those useless questions. Who cares? Do you have a tool that counts your tools for sale? Do you count bundles as separate products? If it is 1 or 1,000, will it make a difference?

Level 10

reset needed plz

Level 12

1 + 1 = 2?

Level 11

In some cases 1+1 = 3

Level 9

The number is always growing...

Level 12

1 + 1 = 10

Level 8

this is what I got too

Level 11

I spent way too much time gathering this information. It serves no purpose since SW lists numbers that don't mean anything and they duplicate products within groups. Then, there is the ipMonitor and ipMonitor Free Edition! Are they two separate products or just a product with a limited little buddy they give away?

Access Rights Auditor

Access Rights Manager

Admin Bundle for Active Directory


Application Performance Monitor


Cost Calculator for Azure

Dameware Remote Everywhere

Dameware Remote Support

Database Performance Analyzer

Engineer's Toolset

Event Log Consolidator

Event Log Forwarder for Windows

Exchange Monitor

FTP Voyager FTP Client for Windows

Flow Tool Bundle

IP Address Manager

IP Address Tracker


ipMonitor Free Edition

Kiwi CatTools

Kiwi Syslog Server

Log Analyzer


Mobile Admin

NAT Lookup

NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

Network Configuration Generator

Network Configuration Manager

Network Device Monitor

Network Performance Monitor

Network Topology Mapper


Patch Manager

Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory


Port Scanner

Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor

Real-Time NetFlow Analyzer

Response Time Viewer for Wireshark


SNMP Enabler for Windows

Security Event Manager

Serv-U File Transfer Protocol Server

Serv-U Managed File Transfer Server

Server & Application Monitor

Server Configuration Monitor

Service Desk


Storage Performance Monitor

Storage Resource Monitor

TFTP Server

Traceroute NG

User Device Tracker

VM Monitor

Virtualization Manager

VoIP & Network Quality Manager

Web Help Desk

Web Performance Monitor

Level 9

How binary of you...

Level 9

I still don't see a hint for question 18, I thought you were going to put up a different hint for that question?

Level 14

I'm a bit shocked they didn't reset that one.  I feel like it was a terrible question.

Level 9

So, how many people counted @knucklebusted list or were lazy like me and just pasted it into Excel to do the count for me?  Either way, thanks for doing the leg work.  It was easy to get the correct answer now.

Level 7

Today's question is controversial.

Level 9

The dreaded red X for me.  I double-crossed myself.  The correct answer is the one I thought it should be, but I figured it would be too easy.  I'll wear the red badge with pride this month!

Level 14

Arpnet or internet?

Quotes from the linked page:

It was not called the internet – that name was not coined for another five years.

Nonetheless, this was the first time a message had been sent over a telephone line between two computers. (Hardly the internet)

"Nor was it the World Wide Web – that was created by the British scientist Tim Berners-Lee, now Sir Tim Berners-Lee, at Cern, the Geneva physics laboratory that now houses the Large Hadron Collider, 20 years ago in March."

Please clarify the question.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Please don't think too hard about today's question. The hint states the answer we're looking for early and if you look at the date the article was written, you'll be fine.

We have not reached the threshold for me to consider resetting the question, though I'll keep checking

Level 14

So yesterdays threshold was not reached? 

Level 7

The hint was not available this morning when I answered the question.

Level 9

Should have waited for the hint today...

Community Manager
Community Manager

We did not reach reset threshold for yesterday's question...

Level 14

That is amazing.  wrote:

So, how many people counted @knucklebusted list or were lazy like me and just pasted it into Excel to do the count for me?  Either way, thanks for doing the leg work.  It was easy to get the correct answer now.

VS Code. Thanks, knucklebusted​!

Level 14

Yeah. There still isn't a hint.

Level 10

Sept 18th hint? yes/no??

After reading comments I don't want to guess if we are past the reset stage.

Level 13

Internet50 | UCLA Samueli School Of Engineering

I asked my Director of IT if we are going to do anything for the Internet's 50th anniversary next month... an all IT trip to TopGolf, or tickets to a basketball game or such. Nope.

Maybe I'll bring in a cake.

Level 10

yumdarling​ thank-you for this.  It was fun going down memory lane.

Level 10

Hi yumdarling

When can we except hint for question 18?