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Level 15


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.


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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


Level 9

I missed the Feb 17th question for answering too quickly.  I thought it said how many alerts have a 'storage' recommendation rather than 'sizing' recommendation. 😞

Level 11

First time I've managed to get them all right - definitely helps to read the question thoroughly

Level 9

I got one wrong


More haste less speed for me too this week.

Level 9

Hooray this time I didn't forget about the last question of the month!

Level 20

I feel ya viper!

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I still think the 13th's question was loaded.


I had to take a couple of days to look it over before I actually answered that one.

Level 9

Same for me.

Level 9

Totally agree.  This is also the first time I got them all correct for a whole month. You really have to read carefully on some of them. 

Level 9


I just didn't read the whitepaper properly

When i took a second look, the answer was staring me in the face

Level 12

Today's question had me sweating! I got it right though in the end And with that, aaaallllll green

Level 12

I think they should not be afraid to raise the bar in complexity and depth for this...maybe even getting into scenario based Q & A...something where we could really learn a topic in depth and test our skills in Networking particular but even in full enterprise architecture and problem solving

Level 11


Adabox who gonna give company... fingers crossed

It isn't easy being green.


Level 11

The week 4 winner of the February mission who will be taking home a iFixit Game Console & Electronics Refurbishing Kit​ is...thedrd2k​! Congrats!

Congrats to you thedrd2k​ pretty cool. 

Level 10

Gratz thedrd2k​! That is a neat prize.

Level 8

I love these monthly missions and now I get a gift.  Way cool.  Thanks Thwack!

Level 11

And the grand prize winner who will be taking home an Adabox​ is...vcaldwell​!! Congrats to all winners and thank you everyone for participating in another great mission!

Level 10

Nice one vcaldwell​!

Level 10

Congrats to both thedrd2k​ and vcaldwell​ !!

Level 13

i wonder when they're going to announce me as the winner of the fridge??

Level 11

The lucky winner who will be taking home a THWACK Fridge is...jmussett​!! Congrats!

Level 10

Way to go jmussett​!! Keep the (ahem) soda cold for the long days at work.

Level 9

lol yes .... my soda.... will stay nice a cold

Well done jmussett​ , thedrd2k​, vcaldwell

Level 9

Congrats to all the February winners!

Level 10

Gratz vcaldwell​!


Congrats to the winners!


Congrats to the winners as well !


Darn, I still didn't win that fridge

Well done to all those lucky folks who won though