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It all happened on a dark night—we’re talking really dark, like back-corner-of-the-server-room dark. It was on nights like these that we were confined to the IT department on the first floor. Just as I was packing up to finally go home for the night, the phone rang and stopped me dead in my tracks. The first ring a warning; the second, a threat. My SysAdmin picked up the receiver nervously like it was a smoking gun. The color drained from his face as he listened to the shouting on the other end of the line. Slowly he turned and shoved the phone at me and stammered, “It’s for you. It’s the CEO!”

I was summoned to the CEO’s office on the 13th floor. My ears popped as the elevator lurched upward. As the door to his office creaked open revealing a gruesome scene, I felt my heart drop to the floor. I saw my old friend; Mr. A.P.P. Lication there on the desk lifeless, completely frozen, and by the looks of our dazed CEO, for a very long time. Not DOA, but APP’s condition was critical, unresponsive to my desperate command prompts. I knew if I were ever going to have another Exchange with my old friend (or keep my job) I’d have to get to the root of this mystery and fast.

THWACKsters, we need your help! Use the Appstack mystery-solving tools provided in this mission to get to the bottom of the slowdowns.

February 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 to win the weekly prize.
  • Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered to win the Grand Prize: An Adabox Subscription!


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on February 6, 2017.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until March 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

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***

In addition to the awesome prizes and THWACK points up for grabs this month, we're bringing back the mission "shortcut".

Complete the mission shortcut to earn up to an additional 3,000 THWACK points & enter to win a THWACK Fridge (Worth 80,000 THWACK points)! 

The shortcut is simple:

  1. Download one of the products listed below: Server & Application Monitor, Virtualization Manager, or Storage Resource Monitor
  2. Upload a screenshot after install:
    • Server & Application Monitor – Screenshot of the application summary
    • Virtualization Manager – Screenshot of the recommendations
    • Storage Resource Monitor – Screenshot of the capacity dashboard
  3. Earn 1,000 THWACK points per product  & enter to win a THWACK Fridge!

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

Server & Application MonitorVirtualization ManagerStorage Resource Monitor

Find and resolve application problems before they become incidents.


Submit Screenshot>>

Optimize and fix virtual issues in minutes with vSphere® and Hyper-V monitoring


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Multi-Vendor Storage Performance & Capacity Monitoring


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Weekly PrizesMon
Week 1 - Server & Application Monitor: E-Element Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Multicolor Backlit for Office and Gaming

Complete questions 1-5 by February 12th to be entered to win

Week 2 - Virtualization Manager: HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset+ FiiO E17K Alpen 2

Complete questions 6-10 by February 19th to be entered to win

Week 3 - Storage Resource Monitor: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit - 32 GB Edition

Complete questions 11-15 by February 26th to be entered to win

Week 4 - AppStack: iFixit Game Console & Electronics Refurbishing Kit

Complete questions 16-20 by March 5th to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions by March 5th and get entered to win the Grand Prize!

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



I had no issues with today's questions, one might say there is Nothing wrong with it. 

Level 12

Feb. 13th's answer is not word by word

Level 11

It was word for word and correct for me. Maybe they fixed it in the last hour.

Level 14

Same for me

Level 11

I did the test like 4 hours ago and it was correct

Level 9

Yep, same for me. The answer I selected was found, almost word for word, in the text that the hint linked to.

Level 11

Our lucky week 1 winner who will be taking home an E-Element Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Multicolor Backlit for Office and Gaming​ is...branfarm​! Congrats!


congrats to branfarm​ !

Level 10

Gratz winner!


no problem with todays question here

and congratulations to branfarm

Level 10

Nooo,more videos!  No points for me today.

As discussed most months, there's a lot of us who can't access youtube or watch videos at work.

Level 12

Same here.

Level 10

Just answered today's question correctly, but no points   Was curious if you could take a look wabbott

Level 11

I didn't have "Recommendations" page, because i only deployed .ova.
To have "recommendations" page, you need to install on the master server

Level 11

Yeah, thanks for your wrong hint, i decided to choose another answer because the conversation around feb 13th answer ; it gave me false answer

That kind of comment should be deleted ?

I just login to Thwack when I get home But then I may be obsessed.

Level 15

Hi Daniel, you should be seeing points now.

Today's question was slightly more intriguing.  Make 'em harder!


I used to use my phone if something was blocked instead.

Come on, its early, and some days you just need to know you actually know something, and get moving in the right direction.  at least that is my take today.

Level 15

Just a head's up, today's hint is off by a bit, the answer is between 3:00 and 4:00 in the video.



Level 8

Thanks Zach!

Level 11

I found it between 1-2 as well as 3-4

Level 10

I recently built the PiGRRL 2.0 over the Christmas break and I still have a few more tweaks to make for proper speaker feedback conditioning with Fair-Rite EMI Suppression beads. This also includes copper foil tape to ground the battery to the common ground, which apparently reduces noise feedback too.

If you can get soft buttons, get them! I thought the more tactile ones would be great, but man, they annoy people around just like a noisy mechanical keyboard.

Album of my build, but my adjustments aren't included. I have a blast with Adafruit items the only downfall is their fixed shipping costs.It's a tough call when you need a $0.75 cent part and the shipping is $8.00.

PiGRRL 2.0 - Album on Imgur

Today's answer I knew because I'd done the shortcuts

Level 9

Did they get the point accumulation thingy fixed?

Answered correctly a few minutes ago but seems to not be adding the points.

Level 11

Points? Where we're going... We don't need... Points.


Made me smile.  And I "heard" it in Doc "Emit" Brown's voice.


Today's hint isn't quite in the time window suggested. You'll need to watch a little longer

Level 11

Thanks buddy.. you saved 18+ minutes for me

Level 11


Can you get to the Vman recommendations page if its not linked to your main system, just installed the trail and trying to find my way around it ?




I have to ask why wouldn't you connect them?

Level 11

I have installed the trail and would like to put it forward to the powers that be as a new product to purchase if I think it will benefit the company, however if we decide not to go for it I didn't want to then have to de link the system as not sure how this effects the likes of SAM/ NPM


if your testing the triaI I would connect them you can disconnect just as easily, otherwise you wont be seeing the real benefit of getting the software. The system is built to disconnect and reconnect as you sometimes have to do this to troubleshoot.

Level 11

No negatives from the connection being disconnected found to date ?


Not that I have found and Support will help you especially if there's a sale involved.

Level 11

point well made and thanks for the help


The answer to today's question is what I thought it would be - but I really, really, hoped for a different answer. SolarWinds you know which answer we all wanted it to be - can you build a product for that? (I realize it could actually be impossible)

When I setup the trail of VMAN and SRM I also ran it against a SAM trail, that way you don't pollute live and testing

Level 10

Except his name was spelled "Emmett"...

Level 12

Im certainly not winning any grand prize this month

Level 9

I won't win because I just don't win's not my nature, apparently

That being said, I think I've made my deepest run into a month without missing one.  I generally can't go two whole weeks without my ADD kicking in and choosing an answer without thinking it through!

Level 12

You mean you don't have OCD along with your ADD?  It really helps me.  I have to count my fingers in a certain order several times before I can type and that gives me more time to read as long as I don't get distracted by something else while counting. 

But I agree, my nature is to allow others to win instead of myself.    I made that mistake once in the service when they said they were giving away free shots and I thought they were talking about alcohol.


I love the challenge for this week, it reminded me that we still hadn't installed V7 yet.

Level 10

I answered yesterday and today's question correctly but only saw points added for one of them.

Can someone help look into this?

Thank you

Level 12

Mine has been stuck on loading points all week and the standings don't show up at all for me either.


Can't click on either Top 10 or My Rank. Well I can click them all day long but nothing happens. 

Week 2 done!

I just answered Friday's question right now and I did not receive my 150 pts...

Level 11

Does today's option (for question11) has the correct answer? I see answers are split across the options.