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THWACK Monthly Mission - May 2019

Community Manager

You've got everything locked down tight. Your servers are patched, your infrastructure is healthy, your users are happy, even your printers are full of paper. Everything’s as it should be.

Then, something changed. You don't know where, and you don't know what, you just know something’s wrong. Something new, something different, something unexpected has befallen your quiet life. It’s time to alter your outlook. You need to transform the way you defend your environment and yourself.


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.

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


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on May 6, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until June 2, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.


Complete the mission shortcut between May 6, 2019 and June 2, 2019 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win an iPad!

IT infrastructure event logs can generate hundreds (if not thousands) of instances per second, making it difficult for even the most sophisticated search algorithms to keep pace. Your security posture is only as effective as your ability to search for words or phrases that may indicate suspicious or malicious activity. SolarWinds® Log & Event Manager is a tool designed to help IT and security professionals visualize cyberactivity search results that could be useful in identifying potential threats to on-premises IT infrastructure. Visualizing your search results can help make sense of log data and reduce your exposure to attacks and suspicious activity. Show us how frequently words appear in your log data using the Word Cloud in nDepth!


  1. Download a free trial of Log & Event Manager
  2. Navigate to Explore -> nDepth
    1. NOTE: The Ops Center may not be your default view when you log into the tool. If this is the case, select the LEM Console link in the upper right-hand corner of your view, and then proceed to step #3
  3. Select the Word Cloud icon from the ribbon below the main window
  4. Take a screenshot of the Word Cloud that is displayed.
  5. Submit screenshot HERE
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by May 12, 2019 to be entered to win: Transformers 5 Movie Blu-Ray Collection
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by May 19, 2019 to be entered to win: Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by May 26, 2019 to be entered to win: Transformers: The Complete Series
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by June 2, 2019 to be entered to win: JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Portable Stereo Speaker

Correctly answer all 20 questions by June 2, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Lenovo Chromebook 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop

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

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


But It was not implemented in earlier missions. I think it's new implement. But this time unfortunately, i missed last two questions. Thought off will do it on Monday but Solarwinds given me surprise!!!!!!!



Annoying to say the least! Not exactly like you can get the last question wrong it's just the poll, which helps for feedback.

Level 11

I have tried to answer questions on Monday in the past and it has been locked.

Level 9

no winners?

Community Manager
Community Manager

Our terms & conditions have the same rules hard coded for the last 2-3 years. A few months back we had an issue and extended the deadline to allow additional time due to the error on our end. However, the standard is that missions will always close at 11:59pm CT on the Sunday following the last question of the month. Sorry folks!

Level 10

I see the draw was yesterday. Will the winners be posted today?

Level 11

Any update on the prizes?

Community Manager
Community Manager

Not yet. Still troubleshooting with our vendor on the issues we experienced last month. I'm hopeful we can pull them tomorrow. Thank you all for your patience!

Level 11

No problem!

Level 12

/me throws this hand grenade comment

See with no winners posted we are ALL winners....

Level 8

Screenshot submitted, bring on the iPad (please pick me)


Level 12


Level 11

Then what do we all get?

Level 9

I liked this comment SOOO much. I marked it "helpful". LOL

Level 10

Will today be the day, we learn our fate?

Level 8

Who knows? Find out next time on DRAGON BALL Z!

Level 11

Isn't this supposed to be Power Rangers?

Level 12

I was thinking more along the lines of:

"Tune in next time, same bat time, same bat channel" 

Level 11

No body messes with ADAM WE!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have a solution, Everyone gets a Chromebook....  

"YOU get a Chromebook, YOU get a Chromebook, YOU get a Chromebook....EVERYBODY GETS A CHROMEBOOK!"


Level 8

Have the winners been announced yet ??

DanielleH​ did mention that there was a "Twist Ending"...mayhaps the twist is:



<jk> of course, I hope everyone gets a prize.

Level 11

Its like ring toss and the carnival. Go and play in hopes of getting a prize, but ultimately fail while the carny laughs at you for being a fool and wasting money

Level 14

That pic works for me every month.     

Level 10

Do we receive interest, on our winnings, if you win of course...

10% of nothing is still....oh, man, pat_m​, that reminds me of another EARWORM ALERT!

Classic soul from Billy Preston...

Billy Preston - Nothing From Nothing (1974) - YouTube  

Oh you betcha.... 

Image result for oh you betcha gif


I'm happy to be a winner for a change


Level 9

How many day's does it take to crown a win a prize on thwack monthly missions?   1, 2, 3..............   41, 42..........50, the world may never know.  

Image result for how many licks to the center of a tootsie pop

Level 12

jeremymayfield Shouldn't this be a poll?


All I can say is patience is a virtue. Be patient grasshoppers and let the techs do their work.

Level 9


Or we riot until free swag? 

In seriousness though, this is just a fun learning tool with the prizes as a bonus. The prize we've all gained already is knowledge!


So true. no one had these prizes before, so it does not hurt not to have them now. What you have gained in knowledge is the prize for all.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Guess what time it is?!?!?!

No, really... We appreciate your patience while we worked in the background to ensure everyone was fairly included in the drawing despite a number of issues that occurred last month. It was a lot of manual work - but it's done!

Congrats to all of our winners!

Week 2 - blattnd

Week 3 - cathsheh1

Week 4 - nick0909

Grand Prize - adam.davis

Mission Shortcut - familyofcrowes

That is so awesome I am so excited for all you winners, really I am, I mean, ok so my first reaction was

Image result for darth vader noooo

But I am over it now, and can fully appreciate the winners.  

Level 13

Congrats to all the winners of Last Month's Mission. Good Job!

Level 16


Thank you...   New job so I have been unable to particapate as much this year.

I love Thwack!!!  🙂

Image result for awesome

Level 8

Well hot dog! That's fantastic.

Level 9

Congrats to all, however my name is misspelled on one of the prizes. i don't care which .

Community Manager
Community Manager

vcaldwell​ You almost had me! I literally went to search how your name got misspelled.

Level 8

Family, they put your handle where mine should have been! Congrats!

Level 12


Level 9

Just completed 30th and 31st May mission questions, got them right, and no points were awarded. DanielleH can you look in to this?

Why don't you allow us to be part of winners if you are allowing us to participate into missions ?

Level 9

* Sad Technology Noises *

Congratulations to all the winners!

Level 8

Congrats to all the Winners.

DanielleH​, I didn't receive any points for answering all the questions correctly by June 1st. (Deadline June 2nd 11:59:59 PST)



Community Manager
Community Manager

mahhy​ We are aware and we have a ticket in with our platform vendor who is currently investigating.

Congrats to all of the winners.