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thwack Monthly Mission - August 2014

Community Manager

Trouble is afoot in IT land! Cloaked in denim and faded T-shirts, IT pros all over the world are mobilizing in search of that elusive outage or performance issue that lay dormant in the deep recesses of their labs, server rooms, data centers, everywhere. Their mission: reveal, rectify, and most important, find out who’s to blame.  The August thwack mission is a whodunit undertaking like you've never seen. This is your time to become master sleuths and match wits with your IT assets. Unravel the mysteries, thwart the mayhem, and emerge in time for the next showing of Guardians of the Galaxy.

August's Mission

There will be 4 mysteries released throughout the month and your job is to figure out WhoDunnIT?!  A new mystery will open every Monday and feature 5 "clues" for you to answer.  Correctly answer all 5 clues throughout the week and you'll be entered to win an awesome prize (LEGO's anyone?).  Follow the rules below to play.

  1. 1 mystery will be featured each week for a total of 4 mysteries.  Follow the schedule below to find open/close dates.
  2. Each mystery will contain 5 clues (or questions) for you to answer.
  3. 1 question will open each day of the week (Monday - Friday).
    1. To qualify for the weekly prizes - answer all 5 questions for that week's mystery before Friday at 11:59pm CDT.
    2. Once a question opens, it will remain open until the end of the mission.  So, if you miss a week, you still have a chance to earn more thwack points!
  4. Only your first submission to each question will count - double check your answers before submitting.
  5. 150 points will be awarded for each correctly answered question.
    1. Points will be awarded at the end of the mission.
  6. Correctly answer ALL questions for ALL the mysteries and be entered to win our GRAND PRIZE!  That's 4 mysteries with 5 questions each, for a total of 20 questions.

Mystery

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Weekly Prize

The Mystery of the Dead Server

August 4

August 5

Clue 1

Clue 2

August 6

Clue 3

August 7

Clue 4

August 8

Clue 5

R2D2 Inflatable R/C

Night of the Zombie VMs

August 11

Clue 1

August 12

Clue 2

August 13

Clue 3

August 14

Clue 4

August 15

Clue 5

$100 GameStop Gift Card

The Case of the Abandoned Storage

August 18

Clue 1

August 19

Clue 2

August 20

Clue 3

August 21

Clue 4

August 22

Clue 5

Kindle Fire HD 7" Tablet

The Mystery of the App Attack

August 25

Clue 1

August 26

Clue 2

August 27

Clue 3

August 28

Clue 4

August 29

Clue 5

$100 ThinkGeek Gift Card

GRAND PRIZE: LEGO Star Wars Death Star

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157 Comments
Level 13

This looks fun

Also: First

Level 14

Legos too.  Lol

Level 12

oh August mission... fun, fun, more fun

Level 10

Love it.  If I win the Death Star, it might blow up my marriage, cause I'm gonna hang it from the ceiling of my family room.  Then I can hang the Falcon and an X-Wing at the other end.  Wow, too many ideas. 

I actually have a lego death star still in its original box.  I have been trying to find the time to put it together over the past 7 years.  Now with two small kids, that death dream has gone into hyperspace.

MVP
MVP

Hmmm...where to hang it ?

Level 11

I think I need that lego Death Star for my cubicle....

Level 8

It looks really fun. I am looking forward to the rest of the questions for the month and all available knowledge for this month.

Level 10

It's going to be an excited month. COOL

Level 12

Me too enoima

Level 13

If I win the Death Star, I'll need Alderaan to go with it.

lego-alderaan.jpg

MVP
MVP

ROFLMAO !!!! 

Level 13

wait until they get a little older and make it a family project. That's what my friends did over the course of a week with their kids and their Imperial Destroyer.

Level 12

beautiful Lego clubjuggle

Level 12

Bush did it.

Level 14

I love this one!   This one is fun.   I sure wouldn't mind a prize to go along with it.  Lol

Solarwinds PD has the best casual Fridays ever.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Good to hear! Shout out to our newest Head Geek Leon Adato for inspiring the concept.  Make sure to get your responses in for week 1 before EOD Friday, 8/8!  We'll announce the week 1 winner on the following Monday.

Community Manager
Community Manager

LAST DAY to get your answers in for week 1 and qualify to win the R2D2 INFLATABLE R/C!

MVP
MVP

Crud, this one is tough! Remind me to not guess the answers next week.

Hey, don't guess the answers next week.

MVP
MVP

Oh...so Leon Adato is to blame for this one ?

Good Job Leon Adato !!

Level 9

I'm glad I'm not the only one!

Level 18

I'm glad that week 1 gave lots of people reason to think. I'm happy to follow up with where my head was at, what real-world experience went into the clues, and why I thought the right answers were "right". Or why the wrong answers were wrong.

Level 15

DanielleH - today's submission just went to a blank screen after clicking 'submit'

Hopefully, it's just me, but thought you should be aware. Happy Monday!

Level 12

you are right Zack, today's submission just went to a blank screen after clicking submit. Danielle and her team will work on it soon.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Sorry about that.  I did receive your submissions but to see if you answered right or wrong you will need to submit again.  Mystery #2: Clue #1

Good luck!

Level 13

I'm excited to see who wins week 1!!

Also, this post mentions Guardians of the Galaxy and that movie was awesome! I love Chris Pratt, but Drax was my favorite character

Level 16

The lucky winner of the R2D2 INFLATABLE R/C is Kurt H! Congratulations!

Don't miss this week's clues for a chance to win a $100 GIFT CARD TO GAMESTOP. Let the hunt continue!

Level 12

can't wait for the informative posts on this topic

Level 12

Congrats Kurt H

MVP
MVP

I thought I would never win, I guess I was wrong. Thank you everyone.

MVP
MVP

Congrats Kurt H

Level 14

What ever happened to the hints?

Level 11

Boy, I am getting none of these right. I'm definitely not a server-guy!

Level 14

Agreed, and I think I actually learned more when there were hints to go along with it. I'm a carrot-guy and not a stick-guy.

Hmmm, that sounds really questionable.

Level 13

"I couldn't Carrot less right now"

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Level 14

Be very careful or I shall return the topic to bacon.

Level 13

Rabbit Bacon? I wonder if that’s any good….

Level 12

is he cooling off?

Protip : don't GIS 'rabbit bacon'.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Since these stories were built and tailored to specific scenarios it was difficult to find "hints" readily available to attach to each question.  For this mission, I would highly suggest networking with your peers to do some process of elimination.  Feel free to get the discussion started right here in the comments for everyone's benefit. And yes, that probably means more names in the bucket for the weekly drawings, but the real value in these missions is learning something new, right?

Level 12

I like this, Thank you Danielle

MVP
MVP

Google is your friend...  It will even lead you back to some of the Solarwinds utube videos with the info you need,

"May your Google-Fu be strong today"

Level 14

Here is a nice little primer on zombie VMs (aka orphaned VMs) that should help admins that don't have a lot of virtualization experience.

http://www.virtualizationsoftware.com/classification-detection-zombie-virtual-machines-tools-use/

Level 14

I can see this R2D2 Inflatable and your proximity to MCB Quantico being, err, interesting

Level 13

Just for all of you out there, like me, who would have missed this otherwise - Don't forget to answer todays quiz!! Normally someone comments about something, I get an email, and I remember. BUT today, you all have failed me. But I caught it myself. It's all good, I still love you all platonically

Level 11

+1. This legitimately made me laugh. Nicely done, kevincrouch4.

Level 16

Last chance to submit your answers to win the $100 Gamestop Gift Card!

Good luck!

Level 12

there is no clue for today...