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THWACK Monthly Mission - December 2016

Level 15

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Mamma mia! It looks like your network, servers, database, and IT security are in peril and being held captive by the king of all alerts.

Don’t worry though, make the right IT moves and everything will return to normal in warp speed.

All you need to do is collect the power-ups each week (Bandwidth Analyzer Pack, Server & Application Monitor, Database Performance Analyzer, and Log & Event Manager) and let your newly discovered monitoring expertise save the day.

1-Up your insights, navigate new ways to topple performance issues, and rescue your IT environment before time runs out…

Let’s-a-go!

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December 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 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: 1-year Loot Crate Gaming Subscription

MISSION RULES

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

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until January 1st @ 11:59pm CST.

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:

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!

Power up your IT Monitoring to succeed in this mission!

Bandwidth Analyzer Pack

Comprehensive network bandwidth analysis & performance monitoring

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Server & Application Monitor

Find & resolve application problems before they become incidents

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Log & Event Manager

A SIEM that makes it easy to use logs for security, compliance, & troubleshooting

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Database Performance Analyzer

Performance monitoring, analysis, & tuning

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Weekly PrizesMon
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Winners
Week 1 - Bandwidth Analyzer Pack: Flying Ball Remote Control Helicopter

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

Week 2 - Server & Application Monitor: LEGO Minecraft The Fortress Building Kit

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

Week 3 - Log & Event Manager: Raspberry Pi 3 1GB RetroPie Emulation Station

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

Week 4 - Database Performance Analyzer: X Rocker 51396 Pro Series Gaming Chair

Complete questions 16-20 by January 1st to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions before January 1st and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
1-year Loot Crate Gaming Subscription  

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293 Comments
Level 10

lindsey.serrano​ I think today's question had an error as I tried to select the answer but the page jumped and my click timing chose the wrong one. D'oh! Any chance I can get a redo? I promise to drink my coffee sooner next time.

Level 12

After agonizing over todays question for 15+ minutes I finally got it wrong.  Oh well.  I think I know what I did wrong but without the actual correct answer I may never know.

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MVP

I did the same thing and I've been using SAM for years...

Level 14

Yep, I didn't assume anything and selected the answers that were in the hint.

Yup

Level 12

Me too It's all on hint page 

I went with what I perceived to be the real-world experienced answer and I got burned too.

Level 12

I am not sure I agree with the answer however if you pay attention to the hint page it will guide you in getting the answer that it wanted here.  Using additional resources and simple logic you would come up with a different answer though.  Mostly due to over-thinking.

So much for the Lego set.  Like I really have time to play with blocks anyway. 

Level 11

you seems to be a tough competitor 🙂

good luck.

Either X rocker or Loot Crate i am looking for.. fingers crossed

Level 10

IT Defender Leaderboard not showing my scores today...

I'm not really digging wording on question 8 and I don't work with F5's at all so question 5 was confusing for me too. Glad to see some challenge nonetheless, I suppose.

Level 14

I spent two days worrying about Q8. Then finally submitted it & got a  "congrats"

Whoopee

Level 12

immanuvelc "Either X rocker or Loot Crate i am looking for.. fingers crossed"

Good luck.  After missing Q8 I am out for the Loot Crate.

Level 11

Thanks For giving me that.. good luck on x rocker

Level 12

Q10 question provides a little wording to make you think:  "which role is must be installed"  

Level 8

My son would love that Minecraft lego set.

Level 7

I answered Question 1 correct, but it's showing as incorrect.  Any ideas?  My co-worker had the same answer, but he got it marked right.  Anyone help?

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MVP

Question eight wasn't really a straight question... It's just a game though.  I like doing the little quizzes.

Level 11

And the week 2 winner of the LEGO Minecraft 21127 The Fortress Building Kit​ is...blsanner​! Congrats!!

Level 14

congrats, now you've got something to do during the holidays

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MVP

Congrats to blsanner​  !!

Level 14

I've got an issue with Q11.

I was worried about being either too specific or not specific enough. And after all that, I got it wrong. Bah.

Level 11

thanks for giving away that chair for me..

Level 9

Congrats blsanner​ on the weekly prize !

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MVP

The hint for Today's answer does not match up to the answers. Not even close in wording at all.

Level 12

Dyslexia strikes! Try page 54 instead of 45. That's my guess for today's question riddle anyway.

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MVP

Nope - pretty sure page 45 is accurate.

Level 12

Thanks Jfrazier​, robertcbrowning​, and u1976turn​!  Now only if it would arrive before Christmas.

Level 12

It is page 45, but the PDF has a title page, so you will have to jump to page 46/79.

Level 12

I just plain skipped that section when I saw the comment about the hint being wrong and looked for a picture because I hadn't had my coffee yet, haha.

OK I know i know, I probably complain a lot but i read the answer and read this,

Shutdown a Service

,

Block an IP

,

Disable a Domain User

,

Disable a Local User

, etc.

Which doesn't match any choices today but one, and not answer A doesn't seem to be the exact right fit, but yet i was wrong, and i believe there should be some review of today's question and answer.  wabbott

Level 15

Hi guys, you will have a second chance on q12. The page number has been updated for the hint. Apologies for the confusion!

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<smugmode>

I just read the evaluators guide and got the right answer

</smugmode>

Level 10

Is "disabling local/domain users" the same as "logging off"?  I would not think so but I do not have LEM to review the action list in product.  DAMN OCD!

Level 12

No it is not.  Even if you do not have LEM, you can use Solarwinds' interactive demo:

http://lem.demo.solarwinds.com/lem/

Level 12

Hi Wendy, do I get a second chance too?  Thanks for your support

Level 14

I didn't seem to get a second chance.

Level 15

To clarify, you only got a second chance if you answered the question before the hint was updated.

If you only recently answered the question you will not have a second chance because you had a better hint.

Level 11

X Rocker 51396 Pro Series Gaming Chair     will be mine or 1-year Loot Crate Gaming Subscription     so confused ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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MVP

There are way too many stresses this time of year and this shouldn't be one of them for you. I'll gladly take them both off of your hands so as to reduce the amount of "issues" with which you need to deal - It's a service I'm glad to provide!

Level 7

Finally got all 5 questions right for week 3.  Stuffed up the first 2 weeks. I'm in with a chance now at least 🙂

Level 9

Dyslexia is the dest.

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MVP

Fridays isn't even open for me yet...

Level 11

ha ha ha..

Level 11

you were able to see and answer question 5 of week 3?

where are u located

The benefits of Thwacking from Down Under . . .

Level 12

Have a Happy Holiday All

Any Xmas Gifts for Thwack members

Click on "Like" If you like this idea!

Level 7

Yeah sure was, I'm in Tasmania, Australia. (UTC +10 hours). I did it at 1am this morning.

Level 7

I'm in Tasmania, Australia. (UTC +10 hours). I did it at 1am this morning. 😉

Level 11

Just 5 more question to 1-year Loot Crate Gaming Subscription​    

Wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year..

God bless each and every one of you, your families, friends and loved ones. Rock and roll.. Play safe..