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THWACK Monthly Mission - November 2017

Level 15



Firewall failures result in lost connectivity and increased security vulnerability. Not on your watch!

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NOVEMBER 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: A Fire Tablet!


PRIZES

Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:

November 13: Long range Walkie talkies
November 20: Giant Jenga Game
November 27: Fire stick + THWAMMOCK
December 4: Tile Mate & Slim Combo Pack

Grand Prize

December 4: Fire Tablet

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 a Nest Thermostat! 
The shortcut is simple:
    1. Download Network Performance Monitor (NPM) OR Network Configuration Manager (NCM)
    2. Take a screenshot:
      For NPM take a screenshot of all interfaces on a selected node (status/type/interface)
      For NCM take a screenshot that includes a running config in the config list
    3. Submit a screenshot of your chosen view



*Bonus round* Earn up to an additional 500 THWACK points for screenshots showing NPM or NCM with ASA - Submit bonus screenshots here


MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on November 6, 2017. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until December 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.



Weekly PrizesMonTueWedThuFriWinners
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by November 12 to be entered to win: Long range Walkie talkies
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by November 19 to be entered to win: Giant Jenga Game
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by November 26 to be entered to win: Fire stick + THWAMMOCK
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by December 3 to be entered to win: Tile Mate & Slim Combo Pack

Correctly answer all 20 questions by December 3 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Fire Tablet



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

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

197 Comments

Let do this!!!

Hallelujah! I am beginning to suffer withdrawal.

Should be double bonus, screenshot for each

Last week's break from missions was appreciated.  Now, back to it!

Level 12

Enjoy everybody, and good luck!

Level 12

Did anybody else have any trouble uploading their screenshot?

Mine locked up and now it says I have already completed the mission...

This looks like a fun one! Cheers wabbott​ & co!

Level 20

I got the SS uploaded ok.  For the ASA one it only allowed uploading one image though.

Level 12

"The race is on and it looks like heartaches,..."

Level 12

Notice:

Thank you for completing the mission shortcut!

*Points will be awarded after the mission closes.

*Points will be awarded after the mission closes.

*Points will be awarded after the mission closes.

Rinse and repeat...

MVP
MVP

OK, no over thinking this month. Last month I missed one question because I made it harder than it was.

Level 20

It happens to the best of us Richard!

Level 10

For today's question, are we to assume that you have a typo or are you being tricky in seeing if we can spot the error you made in writing out the potential answers?

Level 8

Me too

please fix!

Ack, my bonus survey got borked and now says I've already completed it Here's my screenshot:

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Level 10

Strange, i've put in the correct answer on Question3 but it's counted wrong???

Level 8

Very strange same here , I have submit  the correct answer but its gone wrong

Level 8

I need another chance please

Level 8

Apparently the answer is not what the hint says for todays question!

Level 12

Hurray! I got it right for today's question (3rd question). Just give the answer with a space in between the 2 words from the hint .

Level 14

Yep, worked for me too.

Level 11

Copy and paste worked for me.

Level 7

Got Q3 wrong as I followed the format requested in the question 😞    (didn't see the other responses until after I had answered).....

Level 9

Pretty sure you DON'T include the " / " in the answer - as I got it wrong by doing so....

Level 11

Same here....

Level 9

Dang I read this too late.  The / got me too....

Level 9

Apparently ALL CAPS is also a fail on Q3.... was my initial impression as it didn't announce the 150 points. But no, it was fine.

Level 11

These type in the answer questions are problematic sometimes especially when you throw in that extra "/" in the answer. Perhaps wabbott​ can reset those of us that were confused by the "/" and though it should be included

Level 8

I also missed Q3 because I used the question format with a "/" instead of a space. Either the hint should have been formatted like the question or the question like the hint. This should not have been marked wrong.

Edit: Thank you. I was able to "redo" Q3 and got my points.

Level 9

Adding the "/" in the answer as shown is wrong? Please fix

Level 12

any help with this one wabbott​ ?

Level 15

For those of you who got it wrong because of the "/" please try again.

All variations of the answer will be marked correct (all lower case, all uppercase, only capitalizing the first word, all one word, etc.) this was already the case.

Don't overthink this one! The hint will make the answer very apparent.

Level 20

It seems like the main solarwinds.com website is down right now... I can get to thwack but not the hint for today or even solarwinds.com

I can see the solarwinds icon in the browser tab but it says This page can't be displayed.  Maybe I'll wait a little while then try... could be something on my end I think ugh.

Level 12

Bill,

The solarwinds.com site seems to be working for me. That's interesting though, I will pass that on.

Level 20

It could be some problem on my end... we've been testing out different software on the network so who knows?  Could be DNS... maybe someone borked something on an infoblox... lol.

Level 13

Hi ecklerwr1​! It's been a long time! I saw your message and went back through my logs, but I'm not seeing any outage or even blips in site uptime. Please let me know if you continue to have issues, though, so I can dig in further if necessary.

Level 8

Bonus screenshots showing completed without uploading screenshots... could this be reset? thanks

Level 20

It's ok this morning... I'm not sure what happened.  For some reason I could get to thwack.solarwinds.com but not www.solarwinds.com  At first I thought this was something on your end but then I had trouble reaching some root levels for other websites.  Luckily it's all gone away today but stuff like that bothers me. 

Level 20

Maybe I spelled it wrong now that I could finally get to the hint today... idk.  I only see one answer for yesterdays question if the characters were in the right place???

Level 11

We have the upgrade scheduled to move to 12.2. It is taking a bit longer because we have to upgrade the Windows server.  Can't wait for the new ASA Insight!

Level 12

Neil,

I'm not seeing what you referring to. Can you please DM me what you are seeing?

It was a surprise to see which rules were partially shadowed, which ones were redundant.  Cisco should've included this in their ASDM and CLI.

Score for Solarwinds!

Level 12

so far so good - I want the radios, but the rest of it? I wish I had some new sneakers and a lego kit instead (hint hint).

Level 12

Our upgrade timing, and a few delays, put is right in line the week of the release. I'm glad the DC couldn't get things together on time, and we got this as a result. Win!

Level 12

I'm hoping that by the time I finish this mission that they have more large men's fleece jackets (wink wink nudge nudge).

Level 9

so warm, so nice

Level 9

W.O.W, just wow!      Truly a great moment in gaming history.....

Level 10

i had that happen had to open in a different browser

Level 11

I might have to get one now.

Level 11

The radios look pretty sweet!

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