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THWACK Monthly Mission - March 2018

Level 15



“I solemnly swear that I am app to no good.” – Your applications

Does it ever feel like your applications are conspiring against you? Do you ever wish there was a magic spell to give you more visibility into communications between the applications you support and the network?

Okay, close your eyes and say the following 3 times fast while spinning around in the server room:

Eye of newt and ear of toad, grant me visibility into application processes and server nodes.
Zip, zat, add the cheese of a mousetrap; now let me see connection issues between my apps.

Did it work?

No?

Okay, but how cool would that have been?

Unfortunately it’s not magic. It’s monitoring.

Fortunately, we have a solution to help you mere muggles: SolarWinds® Server & Application Monitor (SAM). Use SAM to help you succeed in this month’s mission, and transform your unruly apps into applications managed!

Want even more ways to learn how to manage your applications better?

Be sure to attend our upcoming webcast "If an Application Fails in the Datacenter and No Users Are On It, Will It Cut a Ticket?" on March 13!

Also check out this e-book, "Monitoring 201".



MARCH 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: Harry Potter 1-7 House Editions


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

PRIZES

Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:

March 12: Harry Potter Remote Control Wand

March 19: Harry Potter Clue & Harry Potter Marauder's Map Mug

March 26: Golden Snitch Clock

April 2: Marauder's Map Blanket

Grand Prize

April 2: Harry Potter 1-7 House Editions

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 Harry Potter Legos!

The shortcut is simple:

  1. Start your FREE trial of SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor!
  2. Take a screenshot of the AppStack Dashboard.
  3. Submit your screenshot below.




MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on March 5, 2018. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until April 1, 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 March 11 to be entered to win: Harry Potter Remote Control Wand
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by March 18 to be entered to win: Harry Potter Clue & Harry Potter Marauder's Map Mug
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by March 25 to be entered to win:  Golden Snitch Clock
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by April 1 to be entered to win:  Marauder's Map Blanket

Correctly answer all 20 questions by April 1 and get entered to win the Grand Prize!  Harry Potter 1-7 House Editions



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

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

299 Comments
Level 9

Thanks for your help Felix.

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ooh a thinker for Monday morning

Level 13

Couldn't decide between A and B for ages. Eliminated C and D straight away, obviously not them! Ended up just closing my eyes.

Level 20

I don't understand today's question?  What's the deal with this one?

Level 12

name ONE of the 4 phases...you cannot get this one wrong...

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unless you ponder too long and miss the cut off

Level 20

Wow well that was a strange one pulling the trigger!

Level 17

I'll allow it.

Level 9

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Some of you won't believe this  (but remember a 16 seed never beat a 1 seed before)  haha

Level 12

I thought so also, but it is fine.  Strange them making us think on a Monday.........

Level 12

Yea cant believe Virginia lost......

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adatole​ is there something wrong, i got it right but lupei423​ got it wrong

BTW, don't know if anyone else had a problem with getting the PDF to render in IE11 but I tried it in Chrome and it worked fine.

Level 9

melonizame​ it's still unbelievable, there was so entertaining hoops all weekend long.

dodo123​ my wrong answer might be photo shopped, but unless Mueller's probe comes after me I know nothing...

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well i fell for it good work lupei423

Level 9

sorry dodo123​ my attempt on a little humor on a crazy Monday morning when colleagues call out "sick"  

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im in work sick, do they have no stamina!

Level 17

Fake News

Level 11

All of the answers for today's question are the same. Someone please help me!!!

Level 10

Just guess.  I have faith you'll guess right.

Level 13

Just so it feels like a normal morning for you wabbott

"I got today's questions wrong. I demand a reset!"

Level 15

Congrats to our week 2 winner taking home the Harry Potter Clue & Harry Potter Marauder's Map Mug  dospavlos​!

Level 15

lol Thank you! I don't know what to do with my mornings if I don't have to fix the mission.

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dospavlos​ congrats

I got today's question wrong... 😞

Pick A), B), C), D), or E)...

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Level 14

Q11 - the questions just get harder & harder. Or is it because I'm getting double double vision?

Kind of like the old saying in Real Estate: the three most important things about buying a property are...location, location, location!  I think we've all got quadruple vision on this one! 😉

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Another thinker today

Level 14

That's lucky for you then as todays needs fixed too.          

When I look at the pricing I get it in GBP (£) not USD ($) but the answers are all in USD and when I convert the price shown to USD it isn't anywhere near any of the answers.

Someone's tongue was planted very firmly in cheek this morning...

Remember everyone there are other places to use to fact check.    For example,

Cloud Backup Service - Server Backup Solutions | SolarWinds

Its pretty clearly stated there.

Level 14

Still shown in GBP (£) in the UK though so not that useful when the answers are given in USD ($).

Just for grins, I did a "View Source" on the linked page in jeremymayfield​'s post above, thinking that there might be some logic built into the code that automatically did the conversion.  I'm no HTML 'spert, but I saw nothing that resembled an auto-conversion routine.  When I searched for "$", it came up in the code "Starting at $2,995".  Now there are, embedded within the source, other prices as well and all of them are listed in USD.  Not sure what's going on, petergwilson​, but it definitely is a head scratcher.  While, yes, it should have read "Starting at £2,139.70" for UAll in the UK, there must've been a reason and, unfortunately, we'll probably never know what that reason is.  I do, sincerely, hope that it doesn't spoil the rest of your day!  Cheers!

Level 8

The Hint for Question 12 isn't accessible.

Level 8

Ugh.  Misclicked and got today's answer wrong.  The wife is going to be slightly disappointed I wont be in the running for the Book set anymore.

Wow.  Was Question 12 answered by clicking on TWO choices instead of one?  I picked the first one from the hint--which fits well in my environment--and was rewarded with an incorrect answer.  Disappointment.

Level 8

rschroeder​, I answered with the second "obvious" answer and got it wrong.  You must be right--today's answer had to include two choices instead of one.  The question usually states something like "choose all appropriate answers." 

You and I are both out of luck today.

Bob

bob.com​, I had to end up copying and pasting into Chrome and then it came up.  IE11 no worky worky.

Level 10

Should have read the comments. I was under the impression 1 answer as well. What a drag!

Level 12

Do you see two choices "New Incorrect Answer"?

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the fact that the choices are so obvious is throwing people off

We're expecting the real answer to be revealed after the trick question is answered.

Level 20

It says:

There are two general solutions for this issue, depending on the sophistication of your monitoring

solution

Also I've been getting the ebook here to answer the questions:  http://www.adatosystems.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/1703_SWI_monitoring-201-eBook.pdf

If you select the two answers from the ebook on page it will be correct.

Level 10

When I answered there was only one "New incorrect Answer". Well I think anyways hahaha

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Make sure you read the question properly for Q21 - That's all I will say!

Level 13

dang.  i read it carefully, double checked the book just to be sure, and still got it wrong.  :< 

Level 20

If you can't see the ebook go here:  http://www.adatosystems.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/1703_SWI_monitoring-201-eBook.pdf

Make sure you read the linux formula NOT the windows one!

Level 12

These questions should not be easy, but the double answers and the word play are going to turn off users in the long run. I think the amazing Thwak team should consider that, as the main goal of these contests is to introduce products to customers.

Level 9

Dang, I read the Windows formula!!!!

Level 12

the hint links don't work for questions 13 & 14