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THWACK Monthly Mission: August 2019 - Part 1

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Are you prepared to explore the deepest reaches of your data? The answers to your IT issues are out there, but they're often hidden far beneath the surface. Begin a journey into discovering unfathomable root causes and enlightening answers to confounding performance questions.

It's not every day you have a mission like this. Two parts, one month, and a lot of digging.

An ASTONISHING voyage awaits you!


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:

August 12th, 2019: JBL FLIP 5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

August 19th, 2019: Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock

Grand Prize:
August 19th, 2019: Go Pro Hero 7


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on August 5th, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until August 18th, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.


Complete the mission shortcut between August 5, 2019 and August 18th, 2019 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a FitBit Versa

Find your coolest application/server map! Use Orion maps to either build/customize your own map or show what Server & Application Monitor (SAM) automatedly links together. Use the following instructions to submit your screenshot:

   1. Download a free trial of Server & Application Monitor

   2. Navigate to maps via the left-hand drawer while on a server node.

   3. Create your own map, or let SAM create one between servers and applications.

   4. Upload a screenshot for a chance to win!


Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by August 12th 2019 to be entered to win: JBL FLIP 5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by August 18th 2019 to be entered to win: Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock

Correctly answer all 10 questions by August 18th 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Go Pro Hero 7

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

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


You can also copy and paste the link from the Hint, remove the "%20" at the end and there you have it. could also just hover over the Hint link and, well...there you have it.

It appears that PESKYASCII syndrome got the better of the hint coder this morning.

Level 10

Where is the August monthly mission?

Community Manager
Community Manager least I remembered the "open in new tab" part...

Fixed now

Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi George!

This is the August mission It's in two parts. This is the first part.

Enjoy and good luck!

Oh, Yum!  You made me smile big!!!  Thank you for that.  I wish there were more "Like!" buttons, Yum...You are awesome!

Community Manager
Community Manager

mulan hug.gif

Level 10

The first scene I though of after reading today's question.


Level 12

Shameless promotion of a feature request for day 1's question that we need to fully leverage the new feature in alerting.

Level 8

Can we get a shirt with this?2019-08-05 15_59_36-Announcements_ THWACK [MINI] MISSION_ SAM_VMAN _ THWACK - Internet Explorer.png

Level 13

LOL ahuactzi​ -- I was thinking, "Wow, where is there a dinosaur in today's hint?" and then I saw it is in the mini-mission banner. LOL

Level 13

Love the mini missions.  Awesome prizes too. Thanks!

extra ❤️ because mulan

I can see this being good for you guys as much as for us; I do think people may be a little bit confused as I don't recall this ever being done this way before


I am sure it is a little easier to build 2 mini missions for a month than one big one.   It also allows for more exposure to more products and product updates.

Not to mention gives people more chances to get one of the great prizes being offered.

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Community Manager

We're branching out!

Kind of.

No promises on whether you'll see this again or not

I'm having fun with it for now though

So like killing one bird with two stones...or two birds with two stones...or...poor birds!!!

Level 12

I was wondering where this was.  (August Mission)


Komodo Dragons.  I wouldn't want to run into a hungry one that might be out hunting ME.


Level 14

If I'm endangered, do I get fed too ?

Level 12

We Aug 7 question looks like it has a small typo in the server name - pretty sure it's meant to be EASTEXMBX01V

Level 10

Typo overloaded my senses and triggered my anxiety. I felt pressured to attempt to answer the question, but i got an incorrect answer.                                                                                                                                                                                  

This has made me go into my safe space, where i won't be judged.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  /s

Level 14

That's annoying.  I thought I had spotted it first.  Now I'm going to sulk    

Level 12

Make sure you read the question, it could fowl you up.

Level 10

I assume you mean EASTEXMBX01v but the question asks about EASTEXMX01v.  Waiting for verification before I answer.

Level 15

I took a chance using your assumption and it appears that EASTEXMBX01v is the correct node. You still need to read the question very carefully and look at the map very carefully to get it right.

Level 9

I took the same assumption and got it right as well. Knowing nothing about exchange and not having any idea how to sort for mailboxes out of the descendants was definitely sweating a bit answering this one but I got there

Your personal endangerment probably won't make the cut.  If humans as a specie were endangered, we'd probably get fed--IF someone else were concerned about losing us.

Hmmm . . .


I'll be watching for references to Arnie Saccnuson.  Extra points for anything referencing Lars' duck Gertrude!

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1967) - Intro (Opening) - YouTube

bobmarley​ there is a search function on the right side which I find much easier. Go back to  and there are two letters that might simplify this one. The search there is live, but you can also filter from there as well. jblankjblank​ has there been an instruction video on using the new maps search/filter function? I'm guessing folks may benefit. Also kudos on making that search live vs having to hit enter to filter results. Me likey

Product Manager
Product Manager

Correct - how I read the question is how many of this entity type are DISPLAYED on the map.  I just used the search to validate.  There is not a video at this time.  I have gone through this in some detail through the following posts:

Orion Platform 2018.2 Improvements - Chapter Two - Intelligent Mapping

Orion Platform 2018.4 Improvements - Intelligent Mapping Enhancements


I will certainly work with our video team on creating some content but hopefully this was a good learning experience for the value of the Map Summary Panel as well.  Thank you!

I figure it's a good 5 minute video topic; I could use stuff on how to use the maps that I can show to my folks as they ease into the newer platform. Or even an on-demand training sort of thing. For me it was intuitive, at least.

It appears that the question test was corrected...just getting to this now and it says EASTEXM​B​X01v.  Sometimes the GEEKS are stealthy in their solutions... 😉

Level 9

@ yumdarling I need a hint for the Question (and the answer)


Community Manager
Community Manager

Can you check and make sure it looks good for you now? I hit republish

Level 9

Works fine now. Thanks a lot.

Level 10

Hi yumdarling​,

I can see there is something wrong with today's question hint.

It says "EASTEXMX01v" But the "Hint link" redirects to "EASTEXMBX01v"



Level 14

Is this a rehash of yesterday with a couple of differences and no correct answers.

Level 9

Saw the same thing indeed

Level 11

And when I look for the number of Mailboxes I can't find any of the numbers that are electable. Maybe the URL behind the hint is wrong.

Level 9

August 8th correct answer is 4 but not an Option. There is an issue with the question.

Same issue with me as well.

Level 9

I had the same issue with 4 not being available. After much back and forth I picked 3 because 3 of the mailboxes were in a good state and 4 wasn't available so I presumed a typo in the question. Please can my answer corrected/reset.

Level 9

Yes, 4 Exchange Mailbox Databases, but I see 3 Microsoft Exchange Applications. Maybe a typo. I would opt for for the answer, but Bobbyowens' reply below made me doubt as it implies 3 is the incorrect answer

Level 9

Same here

Level 11

I do not understand todays question:

1. there is a grammatical error (minor but it does add to the confusion)

2. the questions refers to a node EASTEXMX01v yet the link takes you to a map EASTEXMBX01v

3. I see 4 Databases yet that is not a choice (give no. 2 and 3 I suspect the link is wrong

4. this is suspiciously like yesterday's question.

Please review the question

Level 9

The problem is the link to the Map is different to that mentioned in the question.

Question mentions EASTEXMX01v

Link is to EASTEXMBX01v Map

Level 11

Looks like this is the same question as yesterday, but with different options to choose... Might just be the change made to the question yesterday altered todays, worth waiting to see what yumdarling​ says

We could also hypothesize that the question relates to Exchange Applications or VClusters, based on the answers given and the hint  

Community Manager
Community Manager

Sorry about today's question, everyone. I've fixed it and reset incorrect answers. Feel free to try again

Level 11

Thanks yumdarling​! Glad I waited and refreshed... My hypothesis was completely wrong! :S


Aug 8 question with the answer options may need a relook yumdarling​​