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THWACK Monthly Mission- November 2016

Level 15


This is one corner… of one IT environment, in one company, on one planet that’s a corner of a galaxy that’s a corner of a virtual universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and destroying and never remaining the same for a single millisecond.

In this month’s mission we challenge you to: analyze the past, fix the present, and prepare for the future of your virtual environment. You won’t be alone, however, accompanying you on your quest will be an arsenal of virtual monitoring tools known as SolarWinds Virtualization Manager v7!

The way we see it, if you’re going to build a virtual time machine, why not do it with some style?

Let’s see what’s out there, THWACKsters!

November 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: Playstation 4 Pro


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on November 7th.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until December 4th @ 11:59pm CDT.

Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

Correctly answer all five questions within a given week and you’ll be entered to win the weekly prize:

Week 1 – Drawing on 11/14 Tardis Lego Set

Week 2 – Drawing on 11/21  Phaser Remote

Week 3 – Drawing on 11/28  Death Star Watch

Week 4 – Drawing on 12/5 Remote Control Delorean

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
Week 1: Tardis Lego Set

Complete questions 1-5 by November 13th to be entered to win

Week 2: Phaser Remote

Complete questions 6-10 by November 20th to be entered to win

Week 3: Death Star Watch

Complete questions 11-15 by November 27th to be entered to win

Week 4: Remote Control Delorean

Complete questions 16-20 by December 4th to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions before December 4th and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
Playstation 4 Pro
Level 9

I mean to be honest I am not sure why people are complaining. The answer is RIGHT in front of you for this question. HINT, just use the filter on the left side and it is right in front of you. People make it so much harder than they need to. You expect the answer to be right there instead of having to maybe dig just a touch? Or barely any?

Sorry, but people complain and expect a 2nd chance or things to be handed to them to much now. Remember this is all optional and just to get you experience and knowledge with something new. If you missed it then dig and research, normally the answer is easily found and you can hit yourself on the head.

I get the idea laurin.beckhusen​ but this is a tool I've not used before - VMAN, and without your response I wouldn't have even known where to look for the answer. It was completely not clear at all to me, because that wasn't what I was looking at. I think this is a time where "first time users are not going to know what to do with a tool". Maybe something jkuvlesk​ / meech can look at UX/UI wise?

This makes me glad I didn't jump into testing VMAN yet because I clearly would not know what I was doing with it. Let me ask this way, is this something that people who use VMAN regularly do? Look at the recommended strategies?

Like you, I'm unfamiliar with the product, but I DO like to get the points.  Hence the digging and research and questioning . . .

But because the answer wasn't in plain site, and required me to try various options and click on multiple things, I learned a lot more than I would have if I just searched for the terms and found the printed answer.

It takes more time than I'd like to spend on this, but I learned a lot more as a result.

Level 10

I have not used the tool either, which makes it harder for someone to say, hey, is that how is supposed to behave or not. It appears to be related to the cached settings on my browser and not showing information correctly. I opened it up on a separate pc and boom answer right there.

Level 10

and in my case clicking around lead to inconsistent results. Was it our web filter, something getting cached. I dunno. I opened it from home and sure enough the correct information displayed this time. Sent feedback regarding this.

Level 9

My first wrong answer, i thought i had read it correctly.

Level 13

Oh no I got today's question wrong... quick request a do over

Learnt about high ready so a positive there. Every days a school day

Level 11

thanks for all your responses..  appreciate it..

Level 9

I think lots of us haven't used the tools in some of these questions. That is what makes it more fun, you have to dig and find the answer in something you don't know. Okay maybe you don't care to know, but again its optional and that is the choice you make.

Level 12

Yeah Got it right!

Level 13

wabbott​  I correctly answered both Nov 21st and 22nd questions today but only got credited with one in my account activity.  So I am missing 150 points.  Could you please look into this and credit my account with the proper points.

Thank You.

Level 15

Hi Michael, sorry about that. You should be seeing all your points now!


Today's question was a little more tricky... some of these VMan things take a while to get down and CPU ready is one of them.  I got it right today but wasn't sure for a few minutes.  Google often helps too.

Level 13

I didn't spend long enough and got the wrong end on the stick. Know where I went wrong

Level 13

Thank you Wendy.

Level 12

Well, the reason I didn't get today's question correct was the same reason as yesterday: I didn't slow down and READ fully. My own fault.

For those that missed and are bummed out on the lost of points, try this contest, if you haven't already:


Level 12

Thanks for the tip!

I meant to ask again the same 2nd part of my question: for people who use VMAN, do they look for these recommendations or no? Is this the kind of info you (as solarwinds admins) or whomever handles virtualization would want to know?

I was still thinking about the question of how intuitive it is if we haven't used it before and can't quite figure that out though, because how can we show people that tool could be useful if we also don't know how to use it?     

Level 9

Hi, Wendy,

I also did both November contest entries today, got them both right, but did not receive the points for "Actionable Intelligence" (I see "IP Conflict Resolution" in my history).



We have been using VMAN for a few months now, but with the recommendations feature being new, we haven't fully started using it.  I think it's a valuable tool to help you figure out what is going on with the environment.  For those that have been using VMAN for some time, the data can be figured out by looking at the data.  The recommendations is a summary of what is going on.  My team (performance) has a meeting with our tech team today to go over some of the items being displayed and determine the validity and value.

Anybody else seeing thwack point weirdness?

I see this (which is either correct or close)


But the rank has me slimming down a bit:



Yes, I have less total points than you (34K), but it shows I'm ranked higher with 304 points.

Level 12

I don't see mine either! I got 12x150, should be 13x150 for Nov 2016.

Happy Thanksgiving to All and have a safe one

Looks like points still add correct to the total at the top of the page, so its likely just a display issue. I think I can survive.

Level 12

Hi Wendy,

I don't see mine either! I got 12x150, should be 13x150 for Nov 2016.

Happy Thanksgiving and have a safe one


Yes, earlier this week I was somewhere around 123 and today I'm 170. (Rank not age - even though age does feel about right sometimes.)


I was in the top 40 yesterday and today I am 17055th.

Level 13

yeah, me too - i was 125, now at the bottom...I sent a note to Wendy...

Level 13

Maybe we ended up on the Naughty list??


Nah it sounds like the bunchball service provider messed something up most likely.

Level 14

Yep.  I was 46 yesterday.  5263 today

Level 8

I didn't get my points for the November mission again yesterday! : (

Level 7

and if you're not sure just select A.  You would of been right 15 out of 17 times. 

Level 9

Looks like the ranking is messed up for everyone.  I have my expected points in the top corner of the page (minus one answer that's already been reported by many of us), but in the rankings...


Ethan DicksEthan Dicks

0 Points

Not worried, but looks like the rank tool is seriously busted.

Level 15

Hi Ethan, we're aware of the issue & we're working on a resolution.

That seems possible

Level 13

The 'tip' links are really good im wondering where can i find these whitepapers?

Lots of them are here:

Whitepapers Resources – SolarWinds

Level 13

cheers mate

Wondering if there is a mistake or typo on today's question. It seems to directly contradict the hint.

Don't read into it too deeply.  For me, the obvious answer was the correct one.

I guess one should pay attention to what order the multiple choice is in when selecting and not clicking on autopilot assuming the answers will be in the standard format.  Carelessness loses the day...

Level 12

Congrats to pederses​ and​!!!

When I looked at the question again today, it was obvious, but it was a true/false.

When I answered it though I'd have sworn it was a multiple choice. Bizarre.

Mine was T/F last week.  Thwack-goblins?

Level 11

Tryptophan overload. Happens to the best of us.

Level 11

Once again, hundreds of you qualified, but our lucky week 3 winner who will be taking home a Death Star Watch​ is...s-bolyard​! Congrats!

Level 11

congrats s-bolyard​ rock and roll with this amazing gift

1 year and 26 days into SW Thwack and you wont this remote.. happy for you.

Have all the fun..

Level 10

I happened to notice that my country has magically changed again.  This time it had me in Uruguay.  So, check your profiles...

Level 9

Excellent love it I would say once again Awesome nazzz