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thwack Monthly Mission - February 2016

Community Manager

1601_thwack_February-mission_basketball_150x150.jpgGreat saves... are born from great tools. And that's what you have here, this month, thwacksters. Free tools. That’s what you’ve earned here.

You were born to be IT professionals. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here. This is your time.

A few things to remember before we get started: If you’re not first, you’re last & most importantly there’s no crying in bracket battles.

Now that we got that settled… Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s bracket time!

February Mission

We’ll start with 16 free tools & each week for the next 4 weeks there will be a new elimination round until we determine which SolarWinds free tool is the one that rules them all. Each week you will start with a clean slate and a new chance to win the weekly prize, so make sure you’re checking back and entering each round!

Print the entire Free Tool Bracket attached to this blog post to keep track of your votes and each round's winners!

Mission Rules:

  1. Each Monday the bracket will open a new round of voting starting on February 1.
  2. Once a round has opened, it will remain open until the following Sunday. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.
  3. Correctly pick everyone who moves on to the next round and you win that week's prize.
  4. You start with a clean slate at the beginning of each round. Therefore, you can enter to win prizes each week regardless of how you performed in prior rounds.
  5. You will earn 50 points for each vote you cast on the match ups.
  6. The grand prize winners will be drawn at random from those who correctly guessed the Free Tool Bracket Battle winner!

Print the Free Tool Bracket attached to this blog post to keep track of your votes and each round's winners!

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Round 4 "Championship" Winner

Your pick didn't win the Championship?

Find out why>>

Round

Prizes

Voting Opens

Voting Closes

Winners notified

Sweet 16Customized Converse w/ thwack IDFebruary 1Voting closed

Email sent

February 23

Elite 8Raspberry Pi w/ caseFebruary 8Voting closed

Email sent

February 23

Final 4

SolarWinds Sport Pack

Backpack, Sweat Band, Final 4 Trading Cards, Water Bottle

February 15Voting closed

Email sent

February 24

ChampionshipGeek Fuel 1 year plan- 5 winners will be drawnFebruary 22February 28

Email sent

February 29

Free Tools Brack-IT-Ology

Winner

Network Analyzer & Bandwidth Monitoring Bundle

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199 Comments
Level 8

Digging the vintage photos.  I really HOOP I win!

MVP
MVP

Certainly a flashback to the late 70's/early 80's.  Lots of hoopla there !

Level 20

So we vote on what most people think would be best of the two tools not which is best for us basically it sounds like... whichever of the two gets most votes people on that side win?

Level 20

Lolololol!  Who made the graphics for the cards that's pretty funny... are those people we know or just some old pics with the computer stuff added?  Is says real life IT legends so...

Level 15

They're all pictures of SolarWinds employees

Level 16

ecklerwr1‌, you need to vote on which one you think will go to the next round, not necessarily which one is the best for you.

As for the winning, it doesn't depend on the number of votes they get.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Exactly, vote for the most powerful tool. If we gauged it on which tool would be best for each individual, then there wouldn't be any right/wrong competition, but you should be learning more about each of the tools along the way.

Well i blew that round.  I guess i can hope for some points at the minimum, but gosh, i think i was opposite on 4 of them from the crowd.   Am i that backward thinking?

Level 20

I was thinking the same thing maybe... how exactly is the most powerful tool determined?  How many people download it?  I'm still not sure how the best is calculated but I'm sure it's subjective in many of us... that's ok.

Community Manager
Community Manager

We haven't announced the first round winners. You can change your vote up until Sunday.

How do you change your vote?  

Level 20

The focus seems to be out with the old and in with the new in most cases!

Level 20

I don't think you can actually...

Community Manager
Community Manager

Oops, forgot my admin account has special privileges. Sorry guys, it's Monday.

Good news is you start with a clean slate each Monday and your chances get better and better with each round's passing.

MVP
MVP

It may seem relatively straightforward this week (a few of the popular votes definitely caught me by surprise), but next week will be more interesting match ups as the obviously less popular tools fall out of the tournament and you will see the more universally appreciated tools going head to head.

Now this is one great monthly activity! Not only is it fun (those pictures are awesome, some look almost legit ) it's also reminded me that there are a lot of really handy free tools out there, some I'd forgotten about, and others I didn't even know existed!

Awesome

I think we should have a separate vote, for which picture is the community favourite

You're only human after all! DanielleH

Level 12

I don't know whether to be amused by, confused at, or worried for the people of Solarwinds.

We will definitely take advantage of this opportunity to review all the free tools. Thank you!

Level 20

No reason to worry... they are mostly to make you want to get the real tools... it's kinda a tease of sorts o.O!  Here you can have just a little taste but if you want to use this on anything but one device in many cases you need the non-free stuffs.

Level 12

I was referring to the people at Solarwinds who came up with the trading card images.

The products are not at all worrisome nor amusing, though I am, from time to time, confused.

Level 10

well, without peeking I ended up voting with the majority on all but one of them

Level 16

joepoutre‌, why confused?

MVP
MVP

Wow massive presentation effort!! Two thumbs up. Well done.

Level 9

I do enjoy the "Thwack-It-ology" concept!

Level 20

I think he's just learning Maria that's all!  It all makes more sense after using the tools for a while and without a doubt I'd have had many more problems without everyone here at thwack helping me!  The community is great!

Level 12

Indeed I still on the steep part of the learning curve, though I can see it starting to level out, so I still need to delve into the manuals, training videos, and thwack, each useful in their own strengths.

(I do still have "Huh?" moments, such as "VBScript in Trap Viewer? Huh?"   )

We're all here to help, mate. Feel free to follow/pm me if you have any problems and if I can help, I shall!

Level 9

I don't see the printable bracket attachment, just the two word .docs with the rules.

Level 10

Love the 70s ABA look. The only cards I kept from my much-too-massive baseball and basketball card collection ( I started collecting as an 8 year old in 1968) were my ABA cards. I just could not part with them. Kudos to the photoshop artist behind these!!!


I'm taking this show on the road!!!

    I went back and read my Psuedo-Sports Gameday commentary (which I got a surprisingly few Likes by the way, but my feelings aren't hurt! <*sniff!*>), I was 7 for 8!! I overestimated the "power" or Remote Powershell... ahem!!!

Level 9

Very cool thwack theme...definitely winning some street cred.

Level 14

DanielleH​, could it be that TFTP server has received false accolades?  Looks like the Real Time Netflow Analyzer should have won.  Possible Steve Harvey moment?

Level 20

woohoo and thwack upgrade looks great... checking it out!

Level 10

maria.bungau​ How do we go back to view the previous round, to see who won?

Level 20

The ones that won are in the next round this week!  I think at least...

Level 10

I understand that. Which user(s) won?

Level 10

Also, I don't remember which one's I voted for. How do I view that?

Level 20

Not sure... I wrote it down.  I think I was maybe beat by one of the old ones I initially thought wouldn't still win and it did... tftp Server I thought RTNFA would beat it these days... I guess not!  Also no announcement yet...

Level 10

I learned my lesson and wrote them down this time.... Yeah I agree about the RTNFA!

Level 16

ahpdwebmaster​, if you're asking about the winners of the prizes, we are going to contact them through an email. I'll post an update here once that email goes out.

Level 16

Just go to your content, and see on which polls you participated recently. You should see there the polls from round 1.

Level 15

There's also a printable bracket where you can keep track of your votes in the attachment section!

Level 10

Yes, I saw that today and I will fill this in from now. Thanks.

Level 9

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The title says TFTP was the winner, but the votes clearly have RTNFA as the decidedly overwhelming leader here.  I was just wondering if this was taking into consideration before selecting the prize winners.  DanielleHmaria.bungau

Level 16

holmanb​, I can understand your confusion, but keep in mind that the winners of all rounds of the bracket battle are chosen based on the overall capabilities of those free tools, rather than individual preferences.

Level 9

Nevermind, I just read the comments from February 1st regarding how a tool advances.  I thought that the tool with the most votes advanced, but judging by those comments above this is not the case.  Solarwinds has it clear in their minds as to which tools are better than the others, and it is those "better" tools that advance.  Correct me if i'm wrong, but from the comments above I was under a misunderstanding.  sorry for my ignorance. 

Level 16

Guys, just a quick update on the prize winners for round 1, due to our upgrade last week, we cannot access and pull the names of those who voted on each poll. Do not worry, we are still going to have some winners, more than we usually have for these monthly missions might I add, but the estimated time when we'll get this is next week. Hang tight and keep on voting!

And don't forget that  if you didn't win in round 1, you can still win in round 2.

Are you going to announce the winners?   or how will we know?  

Level 10

How many rounds can an "individual user" win a prize? Example: If I win round one, is it possible for me to win round 2 and so on?

I find the level of creativity to equal that of the best advertising firms in the country.   Nike has nothing on Solarwinds.   And "Bo Knows"  But seriously, great job on the throw back / 70's / March madness style monthly mission.