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THWACK Monthly Mission - October 2020

Community Manager

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It’s October and it’s time to party! Although we can’t celebrate in person this year, Sekurityfest is never canceled. Grab your pretzel and a pair of lederhosen and join us for our monthly shenanigans.

Whether it’s your day job or side hustle, we’re all invested in security and, just like the party, it’s 24/7. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the ride – bratwurst anyone?

OCTOBER 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.


PRIZES

Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:
October 12, 2020: Pewter TankardThe Very Best of German Food cookbook

October 19, 2020: Larq self purification bottle

October 26, 2020: Bavarian Feast - Schaller & Weber's Bavarian Box

November 2, 2020: CamelbakHydro Flask 64 oz. Beer Growler

Grand Prize:
November 2, 2020: 

Mini Fridge

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on October 5, 2020. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until November 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

MISSION SHORTCUT


Complete the mission shortcut between October 5, 2020 and November 1, 2020 to be entered to win a 5 Liter Kegerator!

With SolarWinds® Access Right Auditor (ARA), a free no-install tool, you can quickly analyze AD and file server risk areas. A centralized dashboard shows you various risk factors with specific insights for your environment, and it even allows you to drill down for detailed information. Access Rights Auditor lets you quickly analyze the main risk factors based on Active Directory and file server user permissions. Download it here today to gain more visibility over potential risks and to learn more about how to overcome them. Follow the steps below to download ARA. Please note: to run ARA, you need domain admin control.

  Shortcut Steps:

  1. Go to https://www.solarwinds.com/free-tools/access-rights-auditor/registration and download a free trial of ARA.
  2. Follow the steps provided after the installation. Please note: to run ARA, you need domain admin control.
  3. Submit a screenshot of the Quick Scan Result Page. This page is the place to get started with solving user permission risk factors.

DOWNLOAD FREE TRIAL  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT



 

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

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

47 Comments
Level 13

So you want us to download this free tool and run it as domain admin.... as part of the Cybersecurity Awareness month...

https://thwack.solarwinds.com/t5/Geek-Speak-Blogs/Tips-for-National-Cybersecurity-Awareness-Month/ba...

😉

MVP
MVP

First Monday of the month, new mission, and a green check to boot.

 

 

Level 11

Happy Days. first green tick of the new mission

Level 10

Good Morning, the link on the main Thwack scrolling bulletin board for the October Mission goes to the Thwack Camp 2020 page.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Thanks for letting me know @nhkelley! sounds like a copy/paste gone horrifically wrong (it IS spooky season after all).

 

But also you should definitely sign up for THWACKcamp!

Community Manager
Community Manager

TWO DAYS, TWO GREEN CHECK MARKS. 

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Level 11

Be careful with today's question. Read the ones that are 'select all that apply' one of them is 2016 and the other is 2019. 

But got it right so Happy Days

Level 12

oh man DISA STIG's are such a wonderful tool to have in place in your work environment.........

Level 7

@yumdarling- Can I get a reset for Day 1? I was too excited to see Beer and Pretzels and got sidetracked!

Level 9

@yumdarling Can you check the answers for Oct 9 - Day 5. The correct answer is not included in the options.

 

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Community Manager
Community Manager

Oops! That's weird. Thanks for letting me know! 

Level 11

Hi Yumdarling

Would it be possible for me to get a reset on day 4, I thought that I could click a, b and c and that would highlight all of these.

Thank you  

Community Manager
Community Manager

Wait @erdogan, are you sure it's not Filters 'n' Fun? 🤔

Level 9

@yumdarling - The link in todays question refers to SEM rather than ARM (the background link seems to be ok though).

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Level 10

Does anyone else laugh at the availability of only SMALL clothing items left in the shop? C'mon Solarwinds, we're IT people, we generally do not come in small. 🙂

 

Level 9

Today's question is sneaky.  Have a coffee first and then re-read the question.  

Level 9

Indeed, red X for me today. A little too sneaky for my taste, I deliberately spend no more than 20 seconds on these questions and these are the types of questions that trip me up every time.

MVP
MVP

@halaszj The reason is that all the larger items have already been claimed.

I also suspect that some items have not been updated with restocked sizes.

Level 14

DOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.  I hate these sneaky questions.  I literally read each answer on the hint link before selecting.  😞  

Same here RED X on today's question. I shouldn't be listening to another SolarWind's web cast and answering these questions.

Community Manager
Community Manager

This question destroying perfect weeks like:

giphy

Community Manager
Community Manager

@halaszj I hear you and I have a restock coming later this week!! THERE WILL BE MORE STUFF!

Level 11

I notice that there's an ARA subforum that doesn't appear to be linked. Seems a few of us over the years have had troubles with ARA and javascript/database errors. Any chance a dev could post in the subforum for the shortcut to be doable?

Community Manager
Community Manager

@chris17amber - just checking in, how is Tribbles behaving this mission?

Level 8

@OliviaP  - She hasn't multiplied yet... LOL.

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Level 10

@yumdarling Todays answers are not working. Selected the correct answer today and it said I selected a different and incorrect answer 😆

Community Manager
Community Manager

Today's question worked for me. @james.heads are you sure you haven't had ein zu viel Bier? #judgementfreezone -- it is a Sekurityfest Friday, after all 😉

giphy

Level 10

@OliviaP I see my mistake now, I should not be doing that at this time in the morning, missed clicked one of the answers 😂

Level 11

Happy Friday Everyone. 

Great start to the day with a correct answer, Don't get Bierleichen this weekend!

Level 7

@yumdarlingI have happily won the first-week prizes for October, but I have yet to receive an email confirmation about anything. Would you be able to help me out?

Community Manager
Community Manager

Hey Chad! 

I'll DM you now!

Yum

Level 7

Need more coffee on Friday's before answering the tricky question from Tuesday.... UGH.... RED X

Level 11

Happy Monday Fellow THWACKERS 

Great start to the week with Green Tick 

Have a great week 

Level 20

I've had no troubles this mission so far.  A few you needed to be careful with though.

Bill

Level 20

I'm mostly German so bring on the Pork & Kraut!  The growler looks pretty good too!

Bill 

Level 10

@yumdarling I think the poll is broken.

Level 9

The poll is definitely borked

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Community Manager
Community Manager

Wow. Today's poll just... doesn't like Wednesdays I guess. 

Let me see if I can fix it or if I have to go whine to someone a tad more technical. 

 

Community Manager
Community Manager

I fixed it all by myself. Do a happy dance with me

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Level 7

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Level 10

yumdarling - Good Morning

I registered for Thwack Camp 2020 🙂

Level 7

this monthly mission is to easy.😀

Level 12

oh man

EDIT: can you see the GIF?

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Level 10

Hi Yumdarling,

Completed October thack mission survey.

@yumdarling 

 

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@yumdarling Maybe I was too focused on the Mandalorian premier tonight, maybe it is just too early for a Friday, but I answered today and forgot to click the link for the survey, can you drop me the link please?  

Level 12

Fun mission this month, thanks for doing these!

Community Manager
Community Manager

@jeremymayfield you can find the survey here

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