Get ready for a veritable virtual venture! January’s thwack mission immerses you in a haptical world of virtualization technology, featuring two powerhouses in the alliance of network management supremacy: Network Performance Monitor (NPM) and GNS3.
NPM: Monitors network devices for availability, performance, capacity, and more using agentless techniques, including SNMP and WMI.
GNS3: A virtual network environment that provides an easy way to design, build, and test full-scale networks that can include servers, routers, switches, and more without the need for hardware—and it’s free!
Like Bradbury’s real and imagined, the fusion of these two tools will expand the dimensions of your IT universe as well as your own admin superpowers. Your mission is to integrate these two tools and experience the power and flexibility they bring to your network management endeavors. Let's get started!
Use the mission’s information resources (hints) 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: True Depth 3D virtual reality headset. Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered to win the grand prize: The Omni Package by Virtuix Omni!
Wanting to skip to the end?
If you’ve already spent some quality time with both NPM and GNS3 and would like to bypass the mission tasks and questions, you’re in luck. Download both NPM and GNS3 to explore their combined functionality on your own. After you have both products downloaded, submit a screenshot in the comments below of the Network Topology Map of NPM & GNS3 together.You’ll earn an entry for the grand prize drawing, and as an added bonus you will receive an all-tuition-and-fees-paid academy class of your choice. We will contact you with the promo code once the mission has closed.
NOTE: To qualify for the weekly mission prizes, you still need to answer the questions.
Good luck. “Let’s see what’s out there.”
A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on January 4.
Once a question has opened, it will remain open until January 31 @ 11:59pm CDT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.
Only your first attempt at answering a question counts. Double check your answers!
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