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THWACK [Mini] Mission: Kiwi Syslog Server

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Our five-year mission through deep space includes all we could ever want: adventure, trials, tragedies, and triumphs. The journey and discoveries along the way are replicated food for our soul. But sometimes all you want to do is dump the crew off at Risa, so you can have some peace and quiet. While everyone's on shore leave, you can finish researching a fascinating rediscovery: Kiwi Syslog Server.

Finally, with the crew away, you have the time to breathe and brush up on some new skills, so you can step into the captain's ready room with confidence. Pull up a screen, sit back, and grab one of those blue beverages—you know the ones. Remember, the doctor said it's not prohibited if it's used for medicinal purposes.

 

SEPTEMBER MINI 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 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.


PRIZES

Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:

September 28, 2020: Oak Creek Camping Hammock and Accessories

October 5, 2020: Star Trek Catan and Wireless charging station


Grand Prize:
October 5, 2020: Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Portable & Long-Lasting Bluetooth 360 Speaker

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on September 21, 2020. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until October 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.



MISSION SHORTCUT

 

Complete the mission shortcut between September 21, 2020 and October 4, 2020 to be entered to win a YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler!

Shortcut Steps:

  1. Download a Free Trial of Kiwi Syslog Server
  2. Install Kiwi Syslog Server (either as a Service or an Application)
  3. Create at least one test message with code yellow (color-coded message with yellow background) that will be displayed in your Kiwi Syslog Server console:
    1. Go to File--> Setup
    2. Under Rules --> Default --> Actions and select the Display default action
    3. Here at the bottom you can send a test message – you will need to adjust Syslog level in the Test message Setup to send a test message with needed color code!

Hint: you can check View --> Highlighting options to check what Syslog Level you need to select in the Test message Setup

  1. Take a snapshot of the screen showing the console with your test message with yellow background
  2. Submit your screenshots

START FREE TRIAL  SUBMIT SCREENSHOTS



 

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

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

70 Comments
Level 10

🙄 Either question one went straight over my head or it does not make sense. ill check back later 

Level 11

I don't understand the question, what are syslog severity alerts. The answer is not on the link unless I was meant to be looking for  something else that has to do with the Enterprise, The levels are

1, Alert

2, Critical

3, Error

4, Warning 

So if someone is stealing the Enterprise that is an Critical right? The Enterprise is a life and death situation. Where does the yellow come in?

Apologies to all who have got it correct but I do want to understand and get it right. 

Level 11

Yeah the question doesn't make sense in its current wording.  What is it actually trying to ask?

Yellow = Warning

But again the question doesn't make sense.

Level 14

Agreed.  I took "yellow" to = "warning".  I don't understand what the question was asking.

Community Manager
Community Manager

The question is just the last sentence. "Do you know what syslog level "alerts" are?"

Let me know if that makes it clearer.

 

MVP
MVP

@yumdarling 

I know what syslog level alerts are, the answers are related to a severity level to allow filtering of logged events or to limit the amount of noise by lesser events by excluding them from being logged.

There seems to be a missing correlation from the situation as described and the answers provided.  You seem to be asking for a specific severity level but without a key to determine which level you are looking for,thus it is just a guessing game.  If you are equating "yellow alert" to a warning condition, then it would be nice to know.  Different shops use different "colors" for various severity levels although most are relatively similar.  

 

 

 

Level 9
Community Manager
Community Manager

Yes. I understand the confusion. 

Ignore the yellow alert. Look at the hint, find the syslog levels, then look for "alerts". That's your answer. 

Level 9

Don't dig to far people! 🙂 The star fleet fluff is fun in the question but it is just fluff. 

Community Manager
Community Manager

Starting this week with a green check mark like

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Level 10

Didn't scroll down far enough on this first question of the week. Make sure you preview the entire document and read @yumdarling's messages. Not as confusing as it seems. #needmorecaffeine. 

Level 12

oh man I love this Mini Mission

love the gif @OliviaP 

Level 10

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I'm pretty sure I didn't check unknown species, guess I need to start on the coffee.

Level 9

Question 2 - wrong - not sure why as my answers match  under the a certain section in the hint 

Level 10

Same for me - marked as wrong answer for Q2. I too go the unknown species message!

@yumdarling  Can you check this question/answer setup please?

Level 13

red X too. Looks like the hint doesn't contain all the answers. you have to click the KSS System requirements link to get the actual answers.

Level 11

Red X too, What is unknown species

Level 9
  • Wow, that answer is really hidden. Wish I had read @david.botfield 's comment before answering myself. Red X for me, hope thus helps others.
Level 9

Red X for me too, and I selected those that were listed on the supplied link.

This link may be more helpful:

https://documentation.solarwinds.com/en/Success_Center/KSS/Content/KSS_AdminGuide_configure_devices....

Level 9

Question 2 might need some tweaking... two of the values are clearly listed in two different sources: the hint provided and the subpage... https://documentation.solarwinds.com/en/Success_Center/KSS/Content/System_Requirements/KSS_9-7_syste...

 

Level 14

I'm pretty sure I answered today's question correctly but got a red x!

@yumdarling There is an issue with today's question, its clearly listed as two options and when you select these its wrong.   Maybe I feel a reset is in order, 

 

Spoiler
Port requirements for Kiwi Syslog ServerPort Protocol Service Direction Description
514 (default), plus one Ephemeral portUDPKiwi Syslog ServiceInboundSyslog messages listened for and received by the Syslog Server
1468 (default)TCPKiwi Syslog ServiceInboundSyslog messages listened for and received by the Syslog Server

162 (default) for IPv4

163 (default) for IPv6

UDP /TCP

Kiwi Syslog ServiceInbound

Trap messages listened for and received by the Syslog Server

6514 (default)TCPKiwi Syslog ServiceInboundSecure Syslog messages listened for and received by the Syslog Server
3300, plus one Ephemeral portTCPKiwi Syslog ServiceBidirectionalInternal communication between the Syslog service and Syslog Manager
8088 (default)TCPWeb ServerInboundKiwi Web Access
25 (default)TCPSMTP ServiceOutboundSMTP email port that Syslog Server uses for alerting
 
Level 12

@yumdarling Just letting you know - I have not answered the question waiting

Level 14

I think I see what the "correct" answer is now, but that's way too sneaky.  Especially if you consider that some folks that don't deal much with networking might not know that what port 162 is.  

Level 9

I got today's question wrong.  I selected the two answers given in the hint.  Incorrect.  However, the popup was not useful. What is the correct answer? 

 

Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi friends!!

The answer is in the first three paragraphs of the "Configure devices to send messages to Kiwi Syslog Server" Section of the hint... I changed the hint link so that it will take you right to this section. Not trying to be tricky at all - thanks for letting me know it was confusing.

Level 12

Love the quote BTW @yumdarling 

Level 10

@yumdarling i still got an error with what i thought was the correct answer. I selected TCP and UDP but got a red cross and the reply was

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I 100% never selected unknown species again this time.

Level 9

Thanks for the reset @yumdarling, all is now good with question 2 😀

Level 11

Happy Days, got today's right. 

Level 11

Another day correct

Level 9

@yumdarling on question 2 can I get a reset?

Level 8

@yumdarlingengineering to bridge, could we get a reset on question 2, there is a warp core breach eminent and that could contain it in a stasis field.

Community Manager
Community Manager

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Level 8

@yumdarling Can I get a reset on todays question. My cat (tribbles)jumped on the keyboard.

Level 10

@chris17amber 's cat also jumped on my keyboard, hoping for that reset.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Cats around the world are watching their humans, waiting for them to pull up the THWACK mission page like:

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Level 8

True story @OliviaP .. I need help with my Tribbles

Community Manager
Community Manager

@chris17amber -Tribbles is giving you troubles?

Level 8

@OliviaP  - More trouble with Tribbles than I can take.

Community Manager
Community Manager

tribbles.gif 

 

They remind me of the lilies of the field. They toil not, neither do they spin. But they seem to eat a great deal. I see no practical use for them.

Level 9

Hi @yumdarling there's a problem with todays question 🙂Screenshot W2D6.jpg

Level 9

@raymondoDid you try refreshing the page?

Level 8

Yes if Data was programing the alert rules.

Level 9

No, because the shields were not disabled, so wouldn't trigger an alert.

 

(Btw, thanks @wkwittke for the hint 🙈)

Level 10

I agree with @raymondo on this. 

A good set of external sensors, of which the Enterprise had many, would have identified the incoming missile was using the same shield frequency modulation as the Enterprise, representing a serious threat.

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The sensor would have alerted the appropriate subroutine (Solarwinds), which would have triggered audio and visual alerts.  Scripted appropriately, and given the right permissions, Solarwinds would have automatically changed the shield settings and protected the ship.

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If Geordi's visor had been tied into Solarwinds, the crew of the Enterprise would have known he was captured, would have known what information had been revealed, and Solarwinds could have taken steps to protect the Enterprise from vulnerabilities created by that information being stolen.

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Level 9

I chose no, but only because there was no Schrödinger answer.  As I did not observe it, the answer should be "Both" (and also potentially "Neither").

Level 10

The Answer is no because the Shields were not actually disabled, The Duras sisters obtained the Shield frequency rendering them useless to their attacks. If another ship came and attacked the shields would have still protected them.

Level 11

I chose yes and agree with