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THWACK Monthly Mission - January 2018

Level 15



Zoinks! Someone is using up all the bandwidth and causing major slowdowns throughout the whole organization. For this mission, we’re going to need to hop into the whodunit wagon and use Network Performance Monitor (NPM), Network Traffic Analyzer (NTA), and User Device Tracker (UDT) to unmask the inconsiderate bandwidth hog. NPM and NTA combine to form Bandwidth Analyzer Pack, which can detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance issues. UDT allows you to locate users and devices on your network. This groovy trio of network tools will make it easier than ever to stop bandwidth hogs in their tracks.

And they would have gotten away with it, if it weren’t for you meddling THWACKsters!



JANUARY MONTHLY 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: Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera


PRIZES

Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:

January 15: Phillips Smart Bulb Kit

January 22: CORSAIR Gaming Keyboard & Mouse

January 29: Hyper X Gaming Head Set

February 5: Action Back Pack for GoPro

Grand Prize

February 5: Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera

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.



MISSION SHORTCUT

Complete the mission shortcut to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a LEGO® Scooby-Doo® the Mystery Machine Building Kit!

The shortcut is simple:
    1. Download Bandwidth Analyzer Pack.
    2. Take a screenshot of the Application Summary Page. (My dashboards> Netflow> Apps)
    3. Submit your screenshot below.





*Bonus round* Earn up to an additional 500 THWACK points for screenshots showing all UDT Nodes - Submit bonus screenshots here


MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on January 8, 2018. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until February 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.



Weekly PrizesMonTueWedThuFriWinners
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by January 14 to be entered to win: Phillips Smart Bulb Kit
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by January 21 to be entered to win: CORSAIR Gaming Keyboard & Mouse
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by January 28 to be entered to win: Hyper X Gaming Head Set
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by February 4 to be entered to win: Action Back Pack for GoPro

Correctly answer all 20 questions by February 4 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera



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

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

196 Comments
Level 10

There is a picture of the info that was posted by stevenastem at Jan 22nd at 8:47am if you are still looking for the answer

MVP
MVP

Congrats ChrystalT

Level 12

Attn DOD:

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MVP
MVP

Yay ChrystalT

Level 8

can some one post a screen shot of Q16 29 Jan 2018?  Unable to see the demo since the application was blocked on solarwinds-npm.

Congrats ChrystalT

Level 20

Go back a page I posted it here in this thread on 1/29.  Let us know if you can't find it.

Level 8

found it thanks

Level 13

Thanks, everyone!

Level 20
Level 12

I was watching on Slooh the feed was from LA - Incredible. Sadly here in Victoria BC we were under heavy clouds and rain, but the streamers provided a fantastic show.

I tuned into the Netflow "Clue" twice today, and I could swear I heard two different versions of Leon discussing the potential culprit--one in which a specific series was named, the other in which a generic provider was named.  My mind must be slipping.  At least it was the same user both times.

Level 12

Yeah not just you, I ended up double checking the Text - - just in case...

Level 20

So far so good but we still have one more day left!

Level 9

It's also the snow moon for those of us not in the warmer climates...

Level 15

clicked too dang fast while listening to a mtg. don't thwack and work folks, you'll lose out on valuable points!

MVP
MVP

another reason I get to work before the masses...so I have a couple of hours to handle details of this sort without interruption.  The only remaining constraint is whether I have achieved my minimum daily requirements of caffeine.

Level 11

Another monthly mission nearly complete!!!! This is more enjoyable than actually doing any work

Level 8

For question of Feb 1, I answer correctly base on the link for the tip, but its says that is wrong. Can someone please review the answer. thanks

Level 8

never mind I find option I left out in the document.

wabbott​ Tweak to the survey required

*Points are applied during the week following January 7th.

Level 14

wow Q20 was difficult

I had to think up a bunch of words

Day 20 is a busy morning for MVP's.

RT

Thanks wabbott​ and crew for another fun, and informative, mission!

Fingers crossed for the draw

Level 8

Question 19 threw me as some of the text was in bold. ​It seemed to imply (at least to me) that one of the options required additional configuration

Level 20

Woohoo!  We're upgrading two Orion systems from NPM 11.5.3 all the way up to 12.2 and moving off Windows 2008R2 and SQL 2008 today so it's nice to have an easy question today!  Nice challenge this month!!!

Level 12

Bro, I'm pretty jelly.  That was on my project list for last year and it got cut.  Trying again this year - fingers crossed!

Level 14

Enjoy your Friday!  I hope all goes smooth for you.  I hate Friday upgrades for the possibility of what could happen... 

MVP
MVP

Friday upgrades/changes seem to invite Murphy into the fold...especially if you are heading out of town for the weekend....

Level 10

We are in a similar boat; currently running on 11.5.2 (also Server 2008) and will be upgrading to 12.2 and adding HA on Server 2016 boxes. Been working on the project since November, we should be able to go live by the end of February. I'll probably try and take the new SCP this spring too.

MVP
MVP

at least the super nice installer makes that dramatically simpler than before

Level 12

Who would have thought January would have been a green month in the Great White North...

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Bonus points to be awarded after January 7th?  2019?   It's ok I found myself signing the date as Feb 1 2008  What the heck?  

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Level 12

Congrats!   That was a great day here, we went all the way up to SQL 2016

MVP
MVP

Yep...it's the bandwidth hog pushing back the award date due to poor throughput.

ARGH! For the 5th straight month I got the last question of the month WRONG!

Level 12

fixed!

MVP
MVP

I did this a few months ago but I went from 11.0.1 Was a long process to get to 12.1 but got there in the end.

That terrible, terrible sinking feeling when you miss the last week of questions because you were traveling... curses!

Level 20

It was long alright... it took 44 hours to complete the upgrades.  It took 11 hours alone to copy the netflow data from old to new noSQL server.

MVP
MVP

I was out of town on Friday and almost missed out. I've done that in the past and it feels awful. (One time I logged in from my phone - it was painful, but I didn't miss the questions or points - and of course that feeling of accomplishment when you finish the entire mission)

Level 9

Noooooooo!

I was away last week and just logged in

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Gutted!

MVP
MVP

Bummer!!!!  I hate it when that happens, absolutely hate it!!!!   Get to cracking today!!!

MVP
MVP

Congrats kip1979​ and mattpearce

Level 9

Congrats to the winners.

Level 10

When should we expect to see the Thwack points for the mission shortcut?

Level 12

I will have that done by tomorrow!