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THWACK Monthly Mission - July 2016

Level 15

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You gotta fight. For your bandwidth. To keep your network flooowing!

Don’t let the man[ager] of marketing bring your network speed down by streaming videos all day. Don’t tolerate config changes giving you the blues. Bring the hammer down on applications that hog all the bandwidth!

You’ve got the greatest band[width] crew around to back you up: Network Performance Monitor, Network Configuration Manager, and NetFlow Traffic Analyzer. You’ve got NetPath™ to open the show and warm up the crowd. And when you come together center stage on the Orion® platform, your performance is at a level of awesome that can only be described as face-melting!

While your work may not get you a standing ovation or crowds of screaming groupies, we think you deserve a spot in Noc and Roll Hall Of Fame for all you do to win the Battle of the Bandwidth on a daily basis.

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JULY MISSION

Use the mission’s resources to complete the tasks and answer the questions.

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: Rock Band Pro Bundle (Xbox One or PS4)

MISSION RULES

  1. A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on July 4th.
  2. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until July 31st @ 11:59pm CDT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.
  3. Correctly answer all five questions within a given week and you’ll be entered to win the weekly prize:
    • Week 1 - Drawing on July 11th
    • Week 2 - Drawing on July 18th
    • Week 3 - Drawing on July 25th
    • Week 4 - Drawing on August 1st

     4. Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month to be entered to win our grand prize!

    • Grand Prize - Drawing on August 1st

     5. 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!

Weekly PrizesMon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Winners
Week 1: Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bluetooth Speaker

Complete questions 1-5 by July 10 to be entered to win

Week 2: AfterShokz Gamez Bone Conducting Wireless Gaming Headphones

Complete questions 6-10 by July 17 to be entered to win

Week 3: Samsung Gear VR - Virtual Reality Headset

Complete questions 11-15 by July 24 to be entered to win

Week 4: Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker

Complete questions 16-20 by July 31 to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions before July 31 and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
Rock Band Pro Bundle (Xbox One or PS4)

**BONUS ACTIVITY:

Three easy steps to earn an additional +250 points from this mission!

  1. Download Network Performance Monitor
  2. Use NetPath to map to your favorite band's website
    • See attached for instructions with screenshots
  3. Upload a screenshot HERE>>

*Note these points will be awarded after the mission closes.

221 Comments
Level 9

Congrats am3!!

Level 14

Yes, congrats to am3

Level 9

Congrats am3

Level 9

Congrats am3

Level 11

If you haven't checked out AfterShokz bone conduction headphones yet, you are in for a surprise. I got a set of their Treks Titanium headphones at CES. The audio quality is pretty darn good overall.  Don't expect symphony quality, but they're still quite impressive.  I wear mine into the Data Center and can talk with system admins and they can barely hear a hum in the background.  They work great in the car too.  Windows still need to be up, but road noise is much less of a problem that with most other bluetooth headsets I have owned, including my previous favorite, the Plantronics Voyager Pro.  Also, since your ears are not covered by an earbud, you can still hear mom call you to dinner from across the house.

Congrat am3!

Level 14

Congrats am3

Level 9

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Level 16

no, we are brutal here.  If you get a question wrong its ammo for the rest of the day  🙂

Level 12

Congrats to am3

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Congratulations am3​!

Another awesome theme (although the tag line is a little forced ). Love it

Level 12

Good morning, today question is misleading (:-

It's more using to "Recover" rather than preventing!

Good luck to everyone for getting right answer

Level 10

Can't find the answer for today's question

Level 9

The word they are looking for is not used anywhere on the page.  Rhymes with "sensate"...

Level 10

cabarnes   Haha i was thinking that initially but did not see it anywhere on the page.

Level 16

Looking into this. Hang tight!

I think, with a lot of these questions, you are assumed to have a good working knowledge of the products they are "testing" you on. Whilst some of the questions are simple, others are meant to make you think, and catch out those who perhaps do not know the products as well as the people who pose the questions assume THWACKers will be We gotta earn some of these prizes!

IMHO, It's good that some of the questions make you think outside what you can find with a CTRL+F on the hint page

Level 10

I agree silverbacksays   .  It also keeps it lively and encourages engagement at the same time. 

Absolutely! We wouldn't be here if THWACK didn't have a good community of IT pros, all striving to help each other be that little more awesome(sauce), every day

Okay rhyming with "sensate" it a bit of a stretch...but I guess anything else would have been too obvious.

Level 16

Everyone! I've updated the hint with something more relevant to today's question. Also, everyone whose first attempt was incorrect gets a second chance. Good luck, and feel free to DM me if you have any other question.

You're too kind, maria.bungau

Level 10

bsciencefiction.tv​  well it is even more obvious now.  The answer is used 46 times on the new page.

Level 10

haha, kept me thinking why i cant find the keyword i was looking for.

Level 12

Thank you Maria!  As always, I appreciate your hard work and fairness

Level 10

Missed today's question. oh well.

Level 11

Yeah, today's was a little nervewracking. Did I get it right? Yes! Woohoo!

Nope Still, can't get 'em right all the time! Wrong answers = opportunity to learn

Level 10

Me too. Looks like the hints were jacked up. I did verify the correct answer(s) after
I got it wrong though by google searching. I found other Solarwinds pages that did have the info.

Level 14

I missed today's too.  I thought one word of one of the answers was added to throw us off, so I didn't choose it, since the hint specifically didn't have that word in it.  Oh well....

Technically, I don't think I was wrong with answer I gave, as out of the box the answer I gave is right. But, the question is not not wrong, as the question does not say "out of the box". Thus, I made a rump out of myself lol

Level 9

Is there a difference between a report and an alert?  This makes the answer to today's question seem incorrect.

I agree. That choice seems to be unintentionally vague.

Yeah. A report is something that is static, and is either run on demand, or scheduled. An alert is always on (unless you set a schedule), and continuously looks for matches to it's triggers in the current status of the Orion objects, and the actions assigned to each trigger fire off each time there is a match.

Both can be customised to suit.

Level 11

I agree I think the wording is incorrect. Esecially in one of the attached links is says specifically what it isn't so if you choose it then you get the wrong answer

Wow! I read all of your responses before answering today's question. I then attempted and got the answer wrong. Yeah.... someone needs to check the math on today's possible answers.

Level 12

Hello all, Got it! You should be able to find the correct answer on this page.  Only #1 choice spelling is incorrect on answer selections.

Network Configuration Management Software | SolarWinds

Level 11

I still think choice B should be out especially in light of what the blog post says.

Level 8

I think today's question is incorrectly phrased as a negative.

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MVP

Same, but I didn't want to be the first to question it!

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silverbacksays wrote:

IMHO, It's good that some of the questions make you think outside what you can find with a CTRL+F on the hint page

Totally agree. What's the point if it's super easy? May as well have a lucky dip draw each week, rather than having some fun and learning something along the way.

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I agree as well. I'll wait with answering it until later tonight

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Today's question is really messed up.

Level 12
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I agree...

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Yea, the negative in the question "What feature is not included" makes the question not make sense.  I'll wait a bit to answer myself...

I agree completely, it said which is NOT, not which is... 

Hey maria.bungau​ can you please review today's question, its incorrectly phrased, and i get the feeling a lot of us are going to incorrectly get it wrong specifically since its phrased so poorly.   I feel a redo coming....

Level 10

i see, i guess i misread and overlooked on the hint given.