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THWACK Monthly Mission - December 2019

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Comms are up for THWACK® team and it’s time to buckle in for your next mission.

Azure-deployed assets are now on board and operational. Your ITOps are a go. Hybrid and multi-cloud metrics and performance insights ready for launch. Handoff to dashboard complete. Monitoring is up. Alerts on. Ready for optimization. Command and control with end-to-end visibility acquired—start your journey to a new high-performing environment.


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 15 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 15 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 2,250 points for this mission.

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


Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:
December 9, 2019: Laser Projector with LED Nebula Cloud

December 16, 2019: Space Throw Blanket

December 23, 2019: Phillips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock

Grand Prize:
December 23, 2019: Gskyer Telescope


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on December 2, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until December 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.


Complete the mission shortcut between December 2, 2019 and December 22, 2019 to be entered to win a Nest Learning Thermostat!

Shortcut Steps:

  1. Download a free trial of Azure Performance Optimization Pack
  2. Use Server & Application Monitor (SAM) or Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) to monitor any cloud workload or service and send us a screenshot. These screenshots could be any IaaS (VMs/Instances), PaaS (Databases), or SaaS (Office 365) workloads on Azure or AWS.
  3. Submit a screenshot


Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by December 8, 2019 to be entered to win: Laser Projector with LED Nebula Cloud
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by December 15, 2019 to be entered to win: Space Throw Blanket
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by December 22, 2019 to be entered to win: Phillips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock

Correctly answer all 15 questions by December 22, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Gskyer Telescope

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

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


Hi yumdarling Got the correct answer but points weren't awarded for today's question. Thank you.

Level 9

Same here correct answer but no points

Level 13

Got the same.

Level 9

Same here. Answered correctly but no points

Community Manager
Community Manager

Thanks for letting me know. I'll look into it a little later this morning.

Level 10

Same here, no points awarded

Level 9

Dido, right answer no points.

Level 10

Yeah, same here. No points. Great videos, though. Lots of great information.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Thanks guys. I saw that there's an issue and I'll work on fixing it, promise.

No need to continue to comment about this issue until I update.

What do you think of Q1?

Level 12

I got it wrong, fair and square!

I just wanted to say thank you yumdarling​ for your daily support of these questions and those of us to check them on the daily!

Good question, Yum...the answer(s) is(are) actually different than I thought, so I learned something.

One thing though: the hint intimates that the link will take folks straight to the video that they need to watch in order to find the answer(s) ("Find your hint about 45 seconds in").  However, the first video on the resulting page does not have the answer(s) must look at another video down the page in order to find the correct answer(s).  Perhaps using a link directly to the page section with the correct video would have helped, other than the header coming in and covering up the section title; or telling folks on which section title they need to click when they get to the page.

Other than that, well done!  Thanks for putting together another monthly mission. These missions are fun, educational and by golly, we can get some cool swag just for paying attention in class!

Level 10

Question was good, yumdarling. Hint was right on, if you go to the right video. Thumbs up.

Level 12

So tempted to say something......  yumdarling​ I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your time away

matter of fact I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

Level 9

Same here

Level 10

Would love subtitles for these video hints.

Level 11

Just replying to make sure I'm accounted for, no points here either. Thanks!

That was tricky, it was a video dup.  You have to look at the right video. 

Same to me yumdarling​ no points.

Level 12

Love the new challenge. Keep them coming.


Ah that's were i went wrong and got a red X for it, live and learn

Level 14

No points for answering correctly. Curious.

Level 12

I wanted to let you know that I didn't get points for anything else so the issue goes beyond the monthly mission.

Level 10

Same here. Maybe the points will show up later?

Level 9

Correct answer with no points.

Level 13

I wondered how I missed it.  First video was very vague and I just guessed from there. Having said that a little voice in my head was telling me to check the one I missed because it seemed like it must be true.  Should have looked further.  Live and learn.

BTW, GEEKS, grrrrrrrrreat prizes this month!  My wife is totally into "sky stuff" and that projector would make a cool Christmas gift...even if I don't win it here!

Level 12

YEA asheppard970​ the prices are out of this world this month...........

Community Manager
Community Manager

Thanks for the patience with the points situation everyone!!

Everyone should have their points from today in their account (if you didn't get them this morning via the automated magic, I added them manually just now).

If you think you're still missing points from today  ~*~*~*DM ME*~*~*~ and I'll check on your account on an individual basis

Thanks friends! Enjoy the rest of the mission. It's a joy to bring these to you each month.


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Community Manager

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Level 9

@yumdarling In my activity I can see you have added 150 "undefined" points but curiously it hasn't increased my total!! (Sadly i made a note before hand so can tell!!)


I haven't received points for one of the questions yet, please look into it.

she linked the wrong video, if I had to guess, as the answer is about 45 seconds in, but on a different video.

this is the video that should be linked

Azure Solutions | SolarWinds

Level 9

Same with me, it shows 150 undefined added, but my total is still the same from yesterday,

Hi, emoyers​, and thanks for the reply.  The link you posted appears to be the same as what is in the hint already but it actually should be:

The "anchor2" Jump-Link is what I was getting at, so that it takes one straight to the page section that one needs for the correct video.  If one can handle the header flying in and covering the section title, it's all good.

EDIT: I tried putting in the HTML code target="_blank" to have the link open in a new tab but for some odd reason, it does not work.  So, if anyone wants to open it in a new tab, just right-click and do so.

Crap you're right ... it's an embedded lighbox link so the direct link isn't valid. Sorry!

Should be the video with the title:

Prepare your on-premises virtualized workloads for Azure.

Level 7

I got the 150 "undefined" points as well and they don't show in my reputation level point total, but the points have been added to my Available Balance in the store.

Level 12

Same for me. Reputation is everything!

Level 12

Make sure you are reading the question and answers correctly.  Almost messed up.  The answer is there but be careful.

Oh this is for question #3

Level 8

Can't get past the login page for the demo for today's question. What is the username and password so that I can manually type it in?

Level 9

I'm unable to log into the demo as well.

Level 8

Try Firefox, it worked for me with no problems. Chrome didn't work.

Level 13

Chrome worked in incognito for me. The standard profile is overriding pre-filled credentials with its own stored ones.

I'm out here earning all these points, but there is nothing the spend them on. Will the store be restocked?

Level 9

Not only that, the store is now only shipping to the US  Not much help to me.......

worked for me on Chrome ... probably an extension issue

Level 10

Learn something new everyday. I had no idea Maria DB was a thing. Still not sure if it is applicable to today's Q.


maria DB is most certainly a thing...  It is a port of MySql that is supposed to be a drop in replacement for MySql and allows for a more robust server and cluster environment.

Level 10

I found this link to be helpful and informative for the question today: Database instances DPA can monitor

It has a lot of information to expand on the topic as well.

Level 8

Great questions so far and exciting prizes this month!