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Level 15


Menacing workloads and increasing database complexity are out to destroy your day, only now you have a secret weapon.

Enter the SQL Squad: DEADLOCK alerting, ROOT BLOCKER analysis, TIME SLICE, and AGENTLESS.

These mercenaries of monitoring are ready to fight the never-ending barrage of issues that wreak havoc on your database world.

You’ve got 4 weeks to track down your biggest villains.

Start the mission and find out how the SQL SQUAD can help you fight for performance and put an end to DBA injustice.

Week 1: DEADLOCK alerting

Week 2: ROOT BLOCKER analysis




Use the mission’s resources to complete the tasks and answer the questions.

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- Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on September 5th.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until October 2nd @ 11:59pm 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- Nerf N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam ECS-12 Blaster

    • Week 1 - Drawing on September 12th
    • Week 2 - Drawing on September 19th
    • Week 3 - Drawing on September 26th
    • Week 4 & Grand Prize - Drawing on October 3rd

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. Good luck!

Weekly PrizesMon
Week 1: Nerf N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam ECS-12 Blaster

Complete questions 1-5 by September 11th to be entered to win

Week 2: Nerf N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam ECS-12 Blaster

Complete questions 6-10 by September 18th to be entered to win

Week 3: Nerf N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam ECS-12 Blaster

Complete questions 11-15 by September 25th to be entered to win

Week 4: Nerf N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam ECS-12 Blaster

Complete questions 16-20 by October 2nd to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions before October 2nd and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition

Hooray new mission! Love your work.

Level 9


Questions I can answer, and a new mission to play in!!

Wow--Question one is a doozy.  Slight differences between the answers . . .

Read these ​carefully!


wabbott​, thank you for starting the monthly missions again!  I was suffering from withdrawal symptoms and was beginning to spend time more time doing my regular job . . .    I do enjoy learning and competing on!



I have been out of the loop this last mission ?

Level 14

Back from two weeks vacation... a new mission... awesome...


I wish my trip had been a vacation....

Let's get this party started!

Level 10

Yes, I wish I'd read it more carefully!

Level 11

A bit of oddness. I just completed today's and yesterday's questions, and while both show as correct in the grid (and when I click on same), only one is showing up on my reputation page. Tried logging out and in, clearing my cache, restarting my browser, and even opening the page in a new browser entirely -- no difference. Anyone encountered this issue before, and if so, have a suggestion as to what else I should try?

Thanks in advance.

That sounds like there's a story waiting to be shared . . .


Level 20

I just checked mine shows the same... I wouldn't worry too much about it... maybe just display bug in the Missions part of reputation.

Level 14

Always enjoy a new mission.  Thank you.

Level 13

Same here as well.

Possibly due to rate limiting of the point additions - I believe I answered the questions within a minute of each other.

Level 20

And it's almost time for thwackcamp 2016!!! #thwackcamp

Level 20

I did the same.

Level 14

Do tell....

Level 11

Didn't think I did them both in a minute, but I did to them reasonably quickly and back-to-back. wabbott​, any fix for this that you know of?

Level 13

I'm investigating...either way, you'll get your points! Promise 😄

Level 13

Problem has been fixed...we'll manually update your points if you experienced this error today.

Level 20

Whew don't want to get deadlocked!

Level 14

Not this one... ?

Summer Breeze Bands 2014 DEADLOCK

or this one?

Deadlock Download Movie Pictures Photos Images

Level 7

Can deadlock happen on any of the Questions?

Enjoy the Mission !

Level 7

Ugh, could've sworn I picked the right answer based off of the provided hint. And now there's no way to double check (though that would be super great, btw!).

Level 14

Deadlock... not just for Congress anymore!

Level 9


I have answered 4 questions, but i got only 3 questions points.

Awesome new mission! I love the prizes, I can just imagine the fun I could have with one of those blasters, pranking people with it whist recording their reactions! ... Nerf is getting serious!

Level 14

" **Use original Hasbro branded ammo "

   Hmmm, I see a black-market-inkjet-printer-cartridge situation looming...

Gotta buy the right ammo, otherwise you get hangfires. Annoying for single shot NERF weaponry, but for the automatic kind it can lead to catastrophic stoppages !

Level 8

I think I experienced this error the other day. Reputation only shows three questions, out of the 4 in the September mission.

Level 13

Love the artwork for SQL Squad. Make a shirt!

Level 15

Try clicking on the questions you've already answered. You should be able to see the question & your answer.

I will also provide all questions & answers at the end for anyone who wants to go through them

Level 9

Same thing for me - I answered 2 questions on Tuesday, but just got points for 1 of them....

Level 8

Today I see that I've answered all 5 questions for the week correctly, yet have only received the points on my reputation page for 4 of the questions.

Level 12

Ok SolarWinds head geeks, I see a thwak lab with you guys soon, (dez?, kong?)


Level 20

Whew let's see if I can make it through a month without getting one wrong for some dumb reason!  I usually try and leave the database stuff to the DBA's normally although like sqlrockstar​ says sometimes you just  end up being one anyway!  I try to stick to f/w, switches, routers, and full gamut of client/server operating systems but when you're a computer scientist sometimes you don't get to choose!

Level 20

Hehe this really cracked me up... funny thing when I had my first 300 baud modem and apple ][+ computer back in the day we used this software called ascii express to communicate.  My "special" name in the community we'll call it was DEADLOCK.  Oh and I remember that Rutger Hauer movie!  They were in this high tech prison without walls and if you crossed the lines on the ground ie. virtual walls your neck thing would blow your head off lololol!

Level 8

Ahh very best from solarwinds team... Looking  into it


Man, how quickly you get out of habit!   Totally forgot to check for these this month!   Now to not miss anything...

Level 14

I had the exact same setup... Apple ][+ with 300 baud modem and ascii express... parallel universes, maaaan...

Level 11

5 in a row. Bring on the Nerf Blaster.

Great for terrorizing co-workers, family, dogs, and neighborhood kids.
"Stay off my lawn, or you'll get a Nerf between the eyes!"

Level 7

Thanks wabbott​. Tried to click immediately after but couldn't. Able to now and, sadly, it looks I did, in fact, select the wrong answer (bad clicking while reading).

My first quandary if I were to win this is "who do I shoot this at - my boss or his boss?"



Level 15

For those of you missing points from this week, please check again.

I just manually added points for those of you who did not get credit for one of your correct answers this week.

PM me if you think I missed you & I'll make sure you get taken care of.


Level 11

Ambush your boss's boss, then stash it in your boss's office.

Level 13

today's question was tricky...

Level 11

Mine are now showing correctly. Thanks again!

Level 11

nope infact it was so simple as soon as you login to the demo site 🙂

I cleared it though

Level 11

Out of hundreds of you that qualified, our week 1 winner is michael malendoski​! Congrats!