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THWACK Monthly Mission - August 2020

Community Manager

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We know you’ve seen them around—you know who I’m talking about. The Chosen Ones. The Venerated Few. The MVPs. Their capes flow behind them, their eyes shine with pride, and they hold so much knowledge inside.

For this month’s mission, we let them take over, write some questions, strut their stuff. Life hacks, tidbits, things they wish they’d known at the start. They’re THWACK® heroes just doin’ their part.

AUGUST 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 20 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 20 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 3,000 points for this mission.


PRIZES

Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:
August 10, 2020: Fitbit® Charge 4 Fitness and Activity Tracker

August 17, 2020: Fire TV Cube

August 24, 2020: Samsung Galaxy® Buds+ (Black)

August 31, 2020: FluidStance® Balance Board for Standing Desk

Grand Prize:
August 31, 2020: 

Bose® Frames Audio Sunglasses

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on August 3, 2020. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until August 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

MISSION SHORTCUT


Complete the mission shortcut between August 6, 2020 and August 30, 2020 to be entered to win an Oculus® Quest All-in-One VR Gaming Headset (64 GB)!

 Shortcut Steps:

  1. Register to attend either SolarWinds Lab #90: Live SolarWinds Academy Training or SolarWinds Lab #91: Customize the Orion®Platform with the SolarWinds® API and SWQL  here
  2. Submit a screenshot of your registration confirmation here.

REGISTER HERE  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT



 

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

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

93 Comments
Level 12

@yumdarling looks like we are missing about a week's worth of comments.

I am unable to see any questions?

Level 9

I think the 11th's question has an issue... I definitely read the question right and counted correctly... @yumdarling ?

@tsadler did you "count" the steps, or select the number of steps that were listed on the screen in the video?
There was some misunderstanding of what constituted a "step", they are looking for what was explicitly listed in the video, with the text "Step: 1, Step: 2", etc

Level 9

@undesired_resultThe question I'm referring to is for August 11, which is regarding interfaces sending NetFlow data to the online demo.

@tsadler oh sorry that's my mistake! yeah the 11th was a dynamic/live question, so the answer changed depending on when it was viewed.

Level 9

@undesired_resultno problem! but yeah, I counted them and put in the correct answer... not sure why it's wrong

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MVP

Hey... they used my question for today!!  This was a real life kick in my posterior!!! 

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Hey my monthly mission peeps!  I just put out a poll for Virtualization Manager "enhancement" from the past!  I want to have the ability to put up the old VMAN Appliance view:

Please go give Kudos for this idea!  It will benefit anyone using the product!!! Pretty please!!!!

Link to vode:

https://thwack.solarwinds.com/t5/VMAN-Feature-Requests/Set-up-the-old-VMAN-view-in-the-NEW-Orion/idi...

 

Level 10

@tsadler For the August 11th question you need to check the "Store" box on the left-hand side pane and then look at the number of filtered results displayed at the bottom right of the results box, the number shouldn't change.

Level 10

@zennifer That was a great question today. I learned a lot about those special characters. I had a bang cause it to fail on something else I installed recently. I never knew that about the special character you mentioned. Well done!

Level 10

This may not be the right forum, but I think more people are reading things here right now.

@KMSigma You talked me into doing the upgrade, and I did it last night. I found that the upgrade instructions are serious about applying the Windows patches before you start. I also found that you need to make sure your licenses are all installed. I had a Web Tools license that I had not installed, and it gave me a license error, which would not let me install until it was resolved. I only mention these things so others will know some possible problems and hopefully resolve them.

As usual, it added a map to each of our Atlas dashboards, and I had to resolve that issue. You can't just delete the map. You have to copy the instance, delete the map from that instance, the then move that instance in to be the dashboard.

Now I have 2020.2 installed and I can work on new dashboards to replace those old Atlas dashboards.

Thanks for your encouragement and videos posted here in these forums.

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Thanks @fakeusername for the feedback.  You are 100% right, with any upgrade there's going to be some level of nuance.  I probably could have guessed at the Windows updates and licensing thing (those kind of makes sense, right?).  As far as the Network Atlas maps - that's great feedback and thanks for sharing it.

When you get your first new Orion Map to replace one of your Atlas maps, I hope that you'll share your before and after with the THWACK community.

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@fakeusernameI stumbled on that @ character for 2 weeks .. I have primarily Brocade equipment with some Cisco, and am headed back to Cisco full throttle.  I was adding some new nodes from our Phone system, I added Cisco Routers just fine, when I started attempting to add the switches, I could ping but I could not complete the SNMP walk.  I finally read the whole document provided by Solarwinds... ugh .. what an eye opener!   You know,  I have had so many little weird issues, between the community and documentation, I have not opened a ticket for 5 or 6 years!  That speaks volumes about our community!  I pushed thru my upgrade, just like you did last night!  I was so very fortunate with my outcome, nothing but the Maps were affected, and that was so very easy to fix.   
Thanks for voting for the VMAN console too!   I am so very very fortunate to be a part of such a great community.  You all help me look really good to my peeps!

why is there a Page 2 with nothing on it? 

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Yeah I noticed the same thing. Odd.

Level 8

Yes

Community Manager
Community Manager

THWACK works in mysterious ways (read: I have no idea)

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Note to self, do not answer Thwack Mission questions when recovering from anesthesia as I did Friday and totally missed it.

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Oh my friend @Jfrazier never go to answer a question with a fuzzy Thwack Head!

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@zennifer or insufficient coffee in the morning.  Friday I was lacking in the caffeine and recovering from bilateral carpel tunnel release surgery that morning so the mornings cocktail provided by the Anesthesiologist was still doing its thing.

Level 12

Love to see the cat answers to be correct. (Maybe next time) Meow that's purrrfect 🙂

Level 12

@yumdarlinghave I misunderstood the process behind the monthly competitions?

I ask, as in prior months (only the last two I've taken part in) the weekly prizes were not awarded until the end of the month allowing those of us that are busy or otherwise elsewhere (in my case, holiday and starting foster caring two baby boys) to still get a chance to enter.

Only to find that this month the first two weeks have already been awarded?

What's the story please?

Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi @stuartd!

The weekly prizes are always drawn on the Monday after the week is over. It's in the terms and conditions and how we do it every month (barring my forgetfulness).

At the end of the mission, I draw the week 4, grand prize, and shortcut winner all in one go. 

Hope that clears things up!

Yum

Level 12

@yumdarling 

OK thanks.

So this: "It's in the terms and conditions and how we do it every month (barring my forgetfulness)." must explain why I've seen prior months not have the prize for the prior week awarded. No worries, and I realise I can still do them all to be entered for the grand prize but I can't generte the energy to play catchup with only one chace 😄

Level 10

@stuartd - I have usually seen the prizes awarded at the end of each week. I figure I will probably not win, but I am saving up points for a set of the mugs for my team from the store. 

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@stuartd I feel you about the energy. It's a weird time to be alive. 

The shortcut could be a quick win! Easy one this month. 

🙂

Yum

Level 10

Administratively shutup 😂

Level 9

I wish I could administratively shut people up 😄

Level 12

@yumdarling  - I don't see a register button as I definitely want to attend that Sept 16th session. What am I doing wrong?

I clicked both your links they take me to a description page only.

Level 12

@fakeusername how man on are your team?

Level 8

One of the answers on today's question had me rolling! lol

Level 10

@melonizame- There are six of us (four technical, one manager, and our CIO), so it will be a while, especially since they are out of stock on the mugs. It gives me something to shoot for, and with nobody physically in the office until probably next year, there is no hurry. Later, I will start on getting them shirts and other things. I want to keep what I do, SolarWinds Orion support and configuration, in front of them as much as possible. They do other things, but everyone is tied into SolarWinds in some way. I also want management to see the value of what I do. With our company's stock still down over 40% since March, everyone is a little nervous.

I like the daily questions. They keep me tied into new things going on and give me something to warm up on while the coffee is kicking in.

Level 10

I think the wording on one of the answers is incorrect. It is supposed to be:  Administratively STFU

JK

Level 12

oh man DoD still has YouTube blocked.  Have to watch hints at home.  Now the hardest part to remember I have to get on Thwack at home and not at work.......

You all might find Page 15 of Leo's Whitepaper especially interesting this morning 😉

Level 10

LOGGING
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means”—Inigo Montoya,
“The Princess Bride”

If anyone here has never heard that quote before, which to me is inconceivable, you need to stop what you're doing and watch that movie right now.

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The quote "inconceivable" is uttered from my mouth on a regular basis usually surrounding an event that "demands" some level of sarcasm in response.  

Level 11

I'm trying to answer yesterday's question and I keep getting a 502 error.

Edit: It's working now, sorry.

Level 9

wow, such an interesting mission

Level 10

I can't find the September mission.  Does it start next week instead?

Community Manager
Community Manager

@geosca - you may have already found it, but here's the link to the September mission! Missions always start on the first Monday of the month, so sometimes there's a bit of a gap.

Also, keep an eye out for the September Mini Mission, starting 9/21 🎉

I finally win something and don't even get to see my name in lights *sad winner noises