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THWACK [Mini] Mission: AppOptics

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No doubt, you've experimented with a variety of APM tools in the past, but it still feels like there’s something missing in your monitoring equation. Like some of your apps?

In this bonus mission, you’ll discover how you can start avoiding all the technical longhand and get straight to the essential metrics you need for the availability and performance of your applications. Get started with AppOptics and see how to solve more of your app issues faster. AppOptics does the rocket surgery so you don’t have to.


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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 10 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 10 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 1,500 points for this mission.

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


Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:
April 27, 2020: Model Rocket Kit

May 4, 2020: Rocketbook Holiday Bundle

Grand Prize:
May 4, 2020:  LEGO Star Wars: A New Hope Imperial Star Destroyer Building Kit



A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on April 20, 2020. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until May 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.



Complete the mission shortcut between April 20, 2020 and May 3, 2020 to be entered to win a Ergotron sit-stand workstation!


Shortcut Steps:

  1. Start a AppOptics Free Trial.
  2. Install a host agent.
  3. Get Infrastructure Host screenshot: click on the infrastructure icon, then click on the host you installed and take a screenshot of the host detail view.
  4. Install an application: Click on APM icon and then click on “Add Service” box on the top right of the screen. You’ll be given the option to install an application
  5. Application service summary screenshot: click on the APM icon, then click on the service you installed and take a screenshot of the service summary. Don’t worry about what the chart shows.
  6. Submit your screenshots




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

Mini Mission Shortcut Terms & Conditions: US, UK, and Canada  | Germany  | Australia 


Nifty, new mini mission on the way !!!

Level 14

Oh well - I could not find exact answers today and chose what I thought was closest, but ugly red x.  

Level 9

Day one was a tough one, you have to read between the lines, or bullets.   Don't be afraid to click.  Dig deep.


Level 8

Can you fix the links please?


bad link today too, guessed and got a red X 😞

Level 11

Link is fine, you just need to read what the release says.

Level 9

The last two links don't work for me either.  I've resorted to randomly guessing the answers, and apparently I'm not very good at it!

Level 12


Level 13

Cool prizes. I still have a couple model rockets kits, one home made, one Estes kit. 

This one is in my office right now.


Level 9

Sad trombone, got a big red "X"
Good luck to everyone else on that Imperial Star Destroyer. 

Level 10

🎼1-8-7-7-Cache for Kids!,

🎵That's 1-8-7-7-Cache for Kids,

🎶Donate your Cache today!

Level 12

@geosca, if you were within sight I'd give you such a hair-curling glare for making that song run through my head!  😱

On the subject of kids, I wonder how many parents needed help from their kids to set up remote access to school and/or work?



Wow almost missed this one at first!

Level 10

Yeah, today's question was worded just right to make you think it was meant one way... but the answer is actually pretty cut and dried obvious! Don't overthink this one. Well, don't underthink it either. 😁


There is not a working link to todays hint.

Level 8
Level 12

Day 9 ?, Second section = Features Section?

Level 10

Darn "all of the above" option!  One of the options is explicitly stated in the hint, making it the obvious "best answer", but the other choices are indirectly implied but not explicitly stated, making "all of the above" a possible, but not certain answer choice. 

Now I'm stuck doing a "what was the question writer thinking at the time this question was composed" analysis:



Whew there were some kinda tricky ones in there... I had to slow down to catch it too!  Star Wars kit is awesome!

Level 10

So do I "read between the lines" or "stick to what is explicitly stated" for the 4/30 question?

Level 12

Whew I am so glad it wasn't just me.  Now how to answer..........

Also isnt that the kit that DP destroyed in their latest Quarantine video?

Level 10

I still haven't pulled the trigger.  I can rationally and objectively argue for either option.  Can anybody chime in as to whether they want us to "read between the lines" in answering this question?  It's just a yes/no question:

  (  ) Yes, they want you to read between the lines. We all need to be challenged every now and then.

  (  ) No, they don't want you to read between the lines.  Don't overthink it.

Level 8

@geosca I read between the lines and it seemed to work out.

Level 10

And now we close out another mini mission. Lots of fun and good information about a SolarWinds product. Congratulations to all the winners! Please keep the missions coming.

Level 10

4/30 - I didn't read between the lines and have une x rouge. Bother.

Level 11

I do not see the names of winners for each week.  When do the winners get chosen or announced? 

Level 10



Not yet received Last question survey points of this mission(250 points).

Community Manager
Community Manager

I'll take a look when I have a moment 🙂

About the Author
Retired Senior Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Army. I have worked with and taught computer and networking technologies, since I was a teen in the 1980s. I have extensive sysadmin, netadmin, and IT Operations Management experience. Recently served as the Network Opreations Center Manager for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and as the Service Desk Manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. I am now an Onsite SolarWinds Engineer for a Federal Customer on SHAW Air Force Base in SC. Born and raised in the South Carolina countryside. Traveled the world. Like to play basketball, fish, troubleshoot network problems, and spend quality time with my family.