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THWACK Monthly Mission - June 2019

Community Manager

Upon glancing around the world, everything appears tranquil and peaceful. Data packets are moving quietly behind the scenes and all is well, from the hardware to the presentation. A calm permeates your landscape.

However, there are anomalies, seen just past the corner of your eye. A few artifacts appear on a video call. There’s a subtle shift in audio during a conversation. A hiccough in a data transfer happened one moment and was gone the next. None of these are immediate cause for alarm… or are they? The surface might appear serene, but what insights lie under the façade? Begin our mission to uncover the insights within your NetWorld.



JUNE 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.

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.

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PRIZES

Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:

June 10, 2019: Miposaur Robot Dino

June 17,  2019: Heimvision Smart Alarm Clock

June 24, 2019: Sphero BOLT App-Enabled Robot

July 1, 2019: Honeywell Home Thermostat

Grand Prize:

July 1, 2019: Yale Assure Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt and Amazon Cloud Cam



MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on June 3, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until June 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.



Complete the mission shortcut to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a Vector ® Robot by Anki

The shortcut is simple and you have two choices:


Shortcut #1:
1. Upgrade to 2019.2, or download NPM or NCM

2. Take a screenshot of Network Insight™ for Palo Alto in your environment (Node details or site-to-site in NPM, Policy details in NCM)

3. Submit screenshot

Shortcut #2:

Don’t have a Palo Alto firewall? Take the alternate route.

1. Upgrade to 2019.2, or download NPM or NCM

Navigate to My Dashboards -> Home -> Orion Maps

2. Take a screenshot of a map you created or edited yourself!

3. Submit screenshot

WEEKLY PRIZESMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYWINNERS
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by June 9, 2019 to be entered to win: Miposaur Robot Dino
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by June 16, 2019 to be entered to win: Heimvision Smart Alarm Clock
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by June 23, 2019 to be entered to win: Sphero BOLT App-Enabled Robot
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by June 30, 2019 to be entered to win: Honeywell Home Thermostat

Correctly answer all 20 questions by June 30, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Yale Assure Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt and Amazon Cloud Cam



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

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

242 Comments
Level 12

Glad to see the new mission.  Best way to start the new month.

Level 10

Great Topic... Overview of monitoring the network as a whole. Its nice to deep dive into monitoring specific devices and functionalities. But what about issues the traverse all devices? Or issues that can be caused by specific types of devices? General knowledge of "How things work on a starship", can give you insight into one-off anomolies, protocol issues that pop up only occasionally, or only under perfect storm conditions, or issues that dont warrent immediate concern right now, but may become a larger issue if not addressed in a timely manner. Knowing the data that SolarWinds can and will collect if you have the right modules, and configure them correctly, will definitely reveal symptoms that can lead you to the underlying problem, if you know what to look for. Logs are your friend.

Level 9

Finally, a month of awesome prizes that I will also not win!

Level 11

DanielleH​ Can you please tag the mission like the April mission so it shows up in the Contests & Missions​ page that I have bookmarked?

Thanks!

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Level 8

Really Enjoy starting a new mission each month!

Level 11

Upon glancing around the world, everything appears tranquil and peaceful. Data packets are moving quietly behind the scenes and all is well, from the hardware to the presentation. A calm permeates your landscape.

However, there are anomalies, seen just past the corner of your eye. A few artifacts appear on a video call. There’s a subtle shift in audio during a conversation. A hiccough in a data transfer happened one moment and was gone the next. None of these are immediate cause for alarm… or are they? The surface might appear serene, but what insights lie under the façade? Begin our mission to uncover the insights within your NetWorld.

I read these almost every month and constantly think they read as though a blurb on the back of a lost fiction novel, like some kind of cross between Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams...

I wouldn't mind reading the books!

Level 12

Cool stuff and fun mission! Love the comic relief in the questions, so they don't feel left out! lol

Level 11

Taking a look at question three, the hint shows page seven of the document. You would be better looking at page 9! Just a heads up

Level 14

Q1 should be page 12 not page 10.

Level 10

Switches get stitches... I got a good chuckle out of that one.

Level 9

Best answer choice yet!

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Level 8

Since question 3 is about load balancers, I would say page 7 is appropriate

I wonder if today's question is a teaser for Network Insight for Netscalers then?

Level 14

And they're off !!!

Now the calendar month can really begin.

MVP
MVP

Question 1, the hint is on page 12 and not page 10.

MVP
MVP

Question 2, the hint is on page 14...

MVP
MVP

And Question 3 the hint is on Page 9, not page 7.

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MVP
MVP

I found the exact text on page 7

Level 11

Switches get stitches!!!!

Level 11

Bottom of page 7

Level 8

Top of page 9

Level 12

Q4 - "Select all that apply." but only has single-choice radio buttons?

Level 9

DanielleH The Hint for Question 4 produces a 404 page. Could you please correct it

If it is the same Link as Day1 then there is an addional "%20" at the end.

I only could check 1 point, but "Select all that apply"?

Thanks.

Question 4 , Hint redirecting to. Page is not working.

https://www.solarwinds.com/404

Level 9

The answer to Q4 can be found on page 16 of the document used on previous questions:

https://www.solarwinds.com/-/media/solarwinds/swdcv2/landing-pages/netman-dominance/assets/netman-de...

And as stated by hroesch01 there are multiple correct answers for a non multiple choice question.

MVP
MVP

Am I going blind? can't see it on page 7. Or is there two page 7's?

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Hahahaha. Don't worry. Tick the option 1.

Level 11

Whilst this is perfectly correct, you can still answer the question and receive a green tick.  I've no doubt there will be a reset though.

Level 9

Question 4 - 404 error, link not working

Community Manager
Community Manager

Can you try now? Should be fixed.

Level 9

This question ask for all that apply but will only let you choose one answer and it is inconsistant marking it right or wrong.

Level 9

It's working for me, but the page hint is wrong, try page 16 and not 4.

Level 14

Seems to be fixed now but the answer is on page 16.  Thanks for sorting this out.

Level 11

All working now

Level 10

Qusetion 4 - I get a 404 error. and it says "check all that apply" but it offers a radio button by each answer. I chose the first correct answer, and because they are radio buttons, I was not given the opportunity to check another answer. So I chose the first correct answer and It marked my answer as wrong. Can we please get this fixed, and possibly get credit for the question?

Level 12

waiting on reset....

Level 10

Even after the reset, mine is still marked as incorrect, and It will not allow me to correct it. Any chance of getting it fully reset or just getting credit?

Level 20

These apply to me we use Nexus and Palo alto and I just did M-T questions without any issue.

Level 9

Question 4: Hint page 4 not there

Level 9

The link in question 4 leads to the wrong document. I had to get the answer from Raymondo's link above.

Level 11

I followed the link in the question and the link in Raymondo's post, both led to the same document and page 16 is about the author. Not sure, but I think it's broken again. Ctrl+F reveals the words Palo or Alto are not in the document at all.
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Level 10

Should have read the comments. Guessed. Chose poorly. Doh.

Level 10

The hint document for question 4 is incorrect, there's nothing about Palo Alto there but we all know it can deliver groceries now, as long as the groceries port remains open that is.

Community Manager
Community Manager

The question hint link is correct and I've triple verified the answer is found on page 16 AKA Chapter 5: Palo Alto Firewalls.

Level 10

Actually, I just refreshed the page and four pages were just added, I just opened it a couple of minutes ago and it was missing the Palo parts. Thanks!

Level 8

Please someone to share the real link, I already lost the question

Thanks

Level 12

And here I thought June's mission would be about bugs.

JoeP

Level 14

Q4 - regarding an answer.that I won't identify    wouldn't it be great if it did that too !!!

Someone was thinking one brand, but wrote Hint 4 for a different one, eh?  I can play that game--and win!

Level 9
I could open the poll on Jun 7, but there it says: it is not active yet. Starts at Jun 7?
It works now!