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THWACK MONTHLY MISSION - APRIL 2017

Level 15

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Listen up, THWACKsters: our database fugitive has allegedly been running an expensive query for over ninety minutes. Wait time is well above average and application performance is grinding to a halt. What we need from each and every one of you is a search of every database instance, active session, and query—search on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments. Your fugitive's name is X.E. Dental DBA. Your job is to vindicate him and set him free.

You will have the assistance of SolarWinds® Database Performance Analyzer to help you prove DBA’s innocence, which will provide you with response-time analysis, historical trending, Multi-Dimensional Performance Analysis, and more.

The race for proof is on! Good luck!

APRIL MISSION

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: Nintendo Switch

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on April 3, 2017.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until April 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

Correctly answer all five questions within a given week and you’ll be entered to win the weekly 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.

***MISSION SHORTCUT***

Complete the mission shortcut to earn up to an additional 1,000 THWACK points & enter to win a set of Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds with Activity Tracker!

The shortcut is simple:

1.    Download Database Performance Analyzer

2.    Upload a screenshot after install of the Register Instance Wizard

3.    Earn 1,000 THWACK points per product & enter to win a set of Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds with Activity Tracker!

4.    Check out the Getting started guide for DPA to learn about the latest features.

Mission shortcut Terms & Conditions: US, UK, & Canada | Germany | Australia

Database Performance Analyzer

Performance Monitoring, Analysis, and Tuning software.

Weekly PrizesMon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Winners
Week 1: Echo Dot 2nd generation

Complete questions 1-5 by April 9th to be entered to win

Week 2: Puma digital sports watch

Complete questions 6-10 by April 16th to be entered to win

Week 3: Go Pro Hero

Complete questions 11-15 by April 23rd to be entered to win

Week 4: Jpilis Fitness Tracker

Complete questions 16-20 by April 30th to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions by April 30th and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
Nintendo switch

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

329 Comments
Level 12

I too, was too click happy...

Level 14

Q10 - I'm getting an Access is denied.with the hint

Level 9

Me too, Hint link error!

Server Error in '/' Application.


Access is denied.

Level 11

Same here... I'm guessing the closing date may have to be extended as it's now Easter weekend?

Level 7

For those having problems with the hint - authenticate at the root of the demo and then go to the link in the hint.

Root demo page here:

http://oriondemo.solarwinds.com

Level 12

Happy Friday:) Same here

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Level 9

You can always use the hint from question 9 and drill down. You'll find the answer if you dig a little.

Level 8

If you click Question 9 then log into the demo, you can then go back and click the hint for question 10. It takes directly to the page they originally intended to take you. If you don't login first you will get the permissions error.

Level 11

Cheers! Happy Easter!

Level 10

You are correct, Sir...you can find the answer there.

Level 10

It's an Easter ..... egg hunt for the answer. ALL of you have a great holiday weekend.

MVP
MVP

Darn it, got the dreaded red X for the 11th - curse my click happy fingers

Should have spent more time reading the hint - oh well

Level 10

This is quite the ALL or nothing type of question.

Same,

Server Error in '/' Application.


Access is denied.

             Description: An error occurred while accessing the resources required to serve this request. The server may not be configured for access to the requested URL.            

Error message 401.2.: Unauthorized: Logon failed due to server configuration.  Verify that you have permission to view this directory or page based on the credentials you supplied and the authentication methods enabled on the Web server.  Contact the Web server's administrator for additional assistance.


Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:4.0.30319; ASP.NET Version:4.6.1087.0

Thank you.  

Level 13

Uggthis has been a crapy month for me!

MVP
MVP

It happens to the best of us.

Level 11

The week 2 winner who will be taking home a Puma® digital sports watch​ is...jeremymayfield​! Congrats!

Thank you.  Really awesome to win.  

Level 10

Gratz jeremymayfield​!

Level 15

Hi guys! I have reset Q10 due to the error on the link. To get to the correct view in the demo, you'll first need to go here: http://oriondemo.solarwinds.com/Orion/Login.aspx?sessionTimeout=yes Then login, and then try clicking the hint link again.

MVP
MVP

Congrats jeremymayfield

MVP
MVP

It's nice having someone I know and an MVP win for a change!

Hey congrats Jeremy!

MVP's get a lot of perks, so i was not crying, I am very grateful for all Solarwinds Thwack does for all of us, but winning is cool too....   So now the greedy side, i wonder if my name is kicked out for a while or if our odds of winning are the same each week...   Regardless, everyday is a winner on Thwack, well unless i see the red X that is.  Thanks everyone. 

I don't think there's anything like that in place. It's hard to say why without getting all brag-y, but I won two rather large prizes in a short amount of time.

MVP
MVP

from past experience our odds of winning remain the same...

WOO, that is good news, so the Switch is still in play.... 

Happy Dance!!!!

Level 10

Confirms it's rigged! hahahaha.

Level 11

ok i know this is a little late but anyone got any issues with the link in Q10 wabbott​ any chance you could take a look id like to have a crack at the switch

Level 8

i couldn't get the hint to open so i never answered the question

Level 12

I am able to open the link datsde:) But, I think the correct answer could be any of choices.  The link some how pointing to "Yes" as it's far relationship and the other hand says "No" which can be Yes+No= May be.

Please vote if you agree with the conclusion:)

I am still debating on answering today's question.

Level 11
MVP
MVP

It's not that complicated actually... way easier than the question on Apr. 6th which I'm still reeling from.

Level 12

Yeah, today's is pretty in your face.

MVP
MVP

wait, what???

another red X - here's me thinking the answer was obvious, apparently not, maybe. . . . .

Level 14

Other than just getting a question correct - what are thoughts on health versus performance? Do you think they are synonymous? Siblings? Why/Why not?

Level 15

HI Stuart! You'll first need to go here: http://oriondemo.solarwinds.com/Orion/Login.aspx?sessionTimeout=yes  & login.

Then try clicking the hint link again. It should then take you to the correct view in the demo.

Let me know if you're still experiencing any issues!

Level 8

You can check out this page for an overview of performance vs. health metrics.

Level 9

Yeah, question 18 was definitely vague.  Got it wrong as I dug to technical into the blog post.  You can't have a "Yes" or "No" question, then throw a maybe in there...what are we, Cisco exams now?

Level 10

I believe this morning, I may of blurted out something profane when I saw the "maybe" as an option.

Level 12

Funny, I took the "maybe" as a dead option.  I immediately ruled it out.

Level 14

Q12 - you all got me worried & I started to over-think; it's a bad trait.

Step away, drink more tea & answer the question, not the hype. It worked for me

Level 9

Actually, maybe has to be considered correct.  If yes, is correct, then maybe is also correct.  If no is correct, then maybe is also correct.  IMO anyways...

Level 14

Wow, I got Q12 wrong even though the hint led me to believe I was choosing the correct answer. It is very vague.

Level 10

The third paragraph should of lead you in the right direction; did not seem vague, although blogs are subjective in nature.

Level 9

Good morning, ensure you select "ALL" that apply when answering this question....have a nice day.

Level 12

Why did I get incorrect (Red) for today's question?

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Level 12

Lack of coffee?

MVP
MVP

This has been a rough month for so many. Rrrrr.