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THWACK Monthly Mission - January 2017

Level 15

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Thwacksters, it is important that you remember the journey to the cloud begins with one step.

In this mission you will encounter spiritual cloud guides on your way to the snow-capped peaks where happy little clouds roam. These guides include: Librato, Papertrail, TraceView, and Pingdom.  Use the wisdom and hints they give you each day to answer the questions.

By the end of your journey you will learn that SolarWinds Monitoring Cloud is a suite of SaaS products that helps you solve complex performance and reliability problems with your cloud infrastructure or apps.

We wish you luck as you embark on your journey to the cloud.

Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off.

JANUARY 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: Oculus Rift + Oculus Touch

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on January 9th.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until February 5th @ 11:59pm.

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.

Weekly PrizesMon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Winners
Week 1 - Librato: Remote control Sumo Wrestlers + Automatic sand drawing (zen garden)

Complete questions 1-5 by January 15th to be entered to win

Week 2 - Papertrail: Sphero BB8

Complete questions 6-10 by January 22nd to be entered to win

Week 3 - TraceView: XBOX 1S + Battlefield

Complete questions 11-15 by January 29th to be entered to win

Week 4 - Pingdom: Sonos Play:3

Complete questions 16-20 by February 5th to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions by February 5th and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
Oculus Rift + Oculus Touch!

Official Terms & Conditions: US, UK, & Canada | Germany

243 Comments
MVP
MVP

I was hesitant myself - seems like those questions that I just jump on "Of course, that's the obvious answer" are the ones the I get wrong.

Level 12

I agree.  Those are the ones I usually end up getting incorrect.  Also, I hate clicking links that open in the same window.  I usually right click the "click here for a hint" link and tell it to open in a new tab. 

Level 8

it is too difficult to answer all 20 questions correctly because some of products we do not use it.

Level 7

I am very excited to see the RESULTS!!!

That's the whole point of this. You will get to have a brief Idea what those products can do and where they might help you. This is not about your knowledge about the products but to bring you closer to the products where you then might find a need to buy those new products.

It's called marketing with fun.

Yeah these are not exactly the most difficult questions so far this month; it helps to learn about their other products to see what else is available.  I mean one was even a poll which you *can't* get wrong.

Level 14

Was the Q10 poll only open for a short while? I only see the View Poll & Cancel buttons

Level 14

Ah, it's confusing words and me worrying that I'd missed the boat and would only see the results of the poll.

Hit the "View Poll" button & it shows the list of options where you can select which one you want to chose.

Level 11

Our week 2 winner of the January mission who will be taking home a Sphero BB8 + Force Band is...yaquaholic​!! Congrats!

Level 14

Many thanks Lindsey!

Congrats to you yaquaholic​  Good win. 

MVP
MVP

Just happened to notice the deadline for completion is my birthday.  A Rift / Touch combo would make a nice birthday present.  Just saying

Level 8

I want Xbox and battlefield.

Congrats yaquaholic​!

Level 13

It's not intuitively named, but just click the "View Poll" button and then you can answer the poll question.    

Level 12

Click on the hints and all will become clear.

If you don't use it, then treat the Mission as learning exercise finding out about the other attributes of the Solarwinds environment.

I trust this helps?

MVP
MVP

I would then be insanely jealous of the foreign winners.  Not all of us are grown up versions of twelve year old boys, with a passion for science fiction.  (Disclaimer:  I have seen a few science fiction movies I enjoyed, but I've not felt the urge to buy a toy tied to the movie.  Also, I love Office Space, but don't own any related paraphernalia--not opposed to the idea though.)

I second the idea of Amazon gift cards as prizes.

I like amazon gift cards (receiving them, haha) d09h​ but it sounds boring to me as a thwack contest item. 100% my personal preference, though.

Level 12

Congrats to tinambolton​ and yaquaholic​ !!!

Level 8

This is perfect timing on the monthly mission. My organization has moved several services to the cloud and now we need a better way to monitor them.

Level 8

For the past couple months with these mission I've been saving the whitepapers from the hints. Curious if anyone else does this? I've actually used one before to get funding for the IPAM module. I think what helped me the most was how well they're written (I know I couldn't explain it better).

Level 7

This is awesome. Just joined THWACK.

Level 9

Paraphernalia like a red Swingline?

I've used them before too. For newcomers they are here: Whitepapers Resources – SolarWinds

welcome typin7

Level 8

I think that is the point of this.  SW wants you to learn the product.

Use the middle click (click the scroll wheel) on your mouse, it opens links in a new tab

I have indeed been doing the same, stanuszekj​. They do quite well.

Level 12

I use a laptop without an external mouse so didn't think about that.  Lenovo laptops, at least the T520, have additional buttons for the mouse and one is the "center/scroll" button which works the same way but I seldom use it so forgot it. 

Thank you,

Level 11

So if you miss one question for the month you are not eligable for the Oculus? I fat fingered one wrong answer last week! Danggit!

MVP
MVP

Don't feel badly, I have done that so many times I can't count (well, I can count, but I can't count how many times I've missed a question for a silly reason) Generally for me is just plain over thinking it. That's also why I hate taking tests "well it could be a, but b sounds pretty good, well it can't be c, or can it?"

Level 16

TraceView looks to be a very interesting product.

Level 7

Welcome aboard typin7

Level 9

I've been ctrl+clicking for as long as I can remember, does the same thing!

MVP
MVP

woohoo!  Today's was an easy one!  I like the survey ones!

Level 8

The poll for today's question was interesting and made me think. It would be nice to have Orion hosted in the cloud if that would mean no more updating and server/database maintenance. The only problem is it would need a VPN back to my internal network in order to poll all of my equipment. This may even cause problems with monitoring since latency would be inaccurate. I don't see a way around having monitoring onsite for onsite equipment.

Level 11

You could use local additional pollers, with the primary being in the cloud (and not actually polling anything except possibly publically accessible equipment.)

Level 11

Our lucky week 3 winner who will be taking home an XBOX 1S + Battlefield​ is...steshi​! Congrats!!

steshi​ well done.

MVP
MVP

That XBox was a nice prize for sure!  That Oculus rift is the bomb though!

MVP
MVP

Congrats steshi

Level 7

Congrats steshi

Level 11

Congrats steshi​ looks like joined three months ago to thwack and here you go.. won an XBOX.. that too with a tough competitors like us 🙂

Wow.. happy for you congrats Oculus i am all on you..

My EYES on you

Level 9

Wow this is unbelievable, still in shock that I won!

Thanks for being awesome Solarwinds!

Level 11

well done on the win !

Level 14

Congrats Steshi - enjoy

MVP
MVP

Has anyone ever gotten Linux running on XBox?  I know with the oldest version there was a hardware hack and a software hack...and I benefit when I run Kodi (love it on Fire Stick).  But is it possible on the latest versions?

Level 7

Love this so far!

Level 11

I installed Linux on my original Xbox. Easy cable hack so I could plug a thumb drive into the controller USB port, and a copy of the game that included the software hack. IIRC it was pretty easy to do (after a LOT of reading up on how to actually do it.)

Level 11

welcome to the club buddy..

Solarwinds and Thwack will always make you happy 🙂

Especially the sweet people