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thwack Monthly Mission - January 2016

Community Manager

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!
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January Mission

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 headsetCorrectly 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.”

Mission Rules

  1. A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on January 4.
  2. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until January 31 @ 11:59pm CDT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.
  3. Only your first attempt at answering a question counts. Double check your answers!
  4. Correctly answer all 5 questions within a given week and be entered to win the weekly prize! A True Depth 3D virtual reality headset‌.
    • Week 1 - Drawing on January 11
    • Week 2 - Drawing on January 18
    • Week 3 - Drawing on January 25
    • Week 4 - Drawing on February 1
  5. Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month to be entered to win our grand prize package‌! The Omni Package by Virtuix Omni.
    • Grand Prize - Drawing on February 1
  6. 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.
    • ***Points/badges will be added to profiles once the mission has closed***

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Earn 1 entry to the Grand Prize drawing +

an all-tuition-and-fees-paid Academy class of your choice!

Step 1: Download Network Performance Monitor

Step 2: Download GNS3

Step 3: Submit a screenshot in the comments below of the Network Topology Map of NPM & GNS3 together

Weekly Prizes

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Winner

Week 1: True Depth 3D virtual reality headset

Complete questions 1-5 by January 10 to be entered to win

Jan 4 - Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Week 2: True Depth 3D virtual reality headset

Complete questions 6-10 by January 17 to be entered to win

Jan 11 - Question 6

Question 7

Question 8

Question 9

Question 10

Week 3: True Depth 3D virtual reality headset

Complete questions 11 - 15 by January 24 to be entered to win

Jan 18 - Question 11

Question 12

Question 13

Question 14

Question 15

hippieboy9

Week 4: True Depth 3D virtual reality headset

Complete questions 11 - 15 by January 31 to be entered to win

Jan 25 - Question 16

Question 17

Question 18

Question 19

Question 20

michael.lipton

Correctly answer all 20 questions before January 31 and get entered to win the Grand Prize!

The Omni Package by Virtuix Omni

WINNER: goofykc

224 Comments
cnorborg
Level 16

Is it really 2016 already? 

Jfrazier
Level 18

And we're off !

cnorborg
Level 16

Yea, I had a private high school with nearly the exact same thing as one of the scenarios in one of their janitors closets.  One of their school board members convinced them they needed a Cat 6500 for running their network, which they stuffed into a janitors closet barely big enough to hold it and a couple mops and had no ventilation.   Disaster waiting to happen, and it did on hot days.   The school board member made a boatload off the sale though, but disappeared when the question of how to cool it came up!!  :-)

That being said though, the question asks for "which force of nature" of which only 2 of the answers given are forces of nature.   The other two are not (I've never seen a cyclops laser eye listed under potential forces of nature).   I could see nature being a contributing factor to the last one, but short of being at a lava vent I don't see that happening naturally...   As a hint to others, just ignore the "force of nature" part of the question when answering the question and you should get it right!!

curtisi
Level 15

Your link to GNS3 is missing a colon!

dasher
Level 11

Yea, wow! Time is going faster and faster it seams.... This mission, I am very interested! I work in the switching and routing worlds, along with all other hats worn.

gfsutherland
Level 14

Similiar experience... I knew I was in trouble when the door to the room was very warm to the touch....

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

Fixed, thanks for the heads up!

CourtesyIT
Level 15

Bring it 2016!

jisonhood
Level 8

I had an experience similar to that back in the summer of 2003....  The network room at this particular location had a portable air conditioner that failed late one Saturday evening...  There were no alarms of any kind in place from the previous admin so it ran that way all weekend.  Only a few of the servers had thermal shutdown capability (or perhaps some were just disabled) so the majority of the server room was still active.  It was very, very, very hot in that room.  It would have been great to have had SolarWinds looking out for the equipment!

jisonhood
Level 8

All your 2016 are belong to us.

abynum
Level 10

THWACK ATTACK IS BACK JACK!

ttl
Level 14

And for a moment I was hoping it was this Omni...   Wonder who remembers this...

Voyagers' "Omni" | Voyagers! | Pinterest

mcam
Level 14

Just to get this over with (and be the first in 2016 to ask our favorite question)......

So, when do I get my points for this challenge

ttl
Level 14

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ravagin11
Level 9

If I win that Omni I'll never get my CCIE.

vjerez4129
Level 13

If there was ever an incentive to go for the grand prize, other than lots of Thwack points of course, its this one LET THE 2016 THWACK GAMES BEGIN!!!!

abynum
Level 10

HOLY CRAP!!!!!!

It looks like the real thing for sure.  Is that yours or a screen shot from the show?  I loved that show as a kid!  It was like Firefly, way too short lived.

abynum
Level 10

What's funny is I can't ever hear the word "Omni" without seeing that in my head.  Who needs a "guide book"?

ZibaK
Level 12

Hi DanielleH and Happy New Year to All,

I answered today (Jan 5th) question correctly but received an error on the page.  I tried re-selecting choices and received message that I was wrong with exact of one of the available choices.  Would you please look into it?

Thanks,

ttl
Level 14

Sadly it is but a screenshot. I really liked the show too.

mcam
Level 14

You know that won't be enough

maria.bungau
Level 16

ZibaK‌, I'll look into this and send you a DM.

ZibaK
Level 12

Thank you Maria and Happy New Year!

abynum
Level 10

Love the Galactus reference in today's question.  My admiration to the keepers of thwack for their creativity today.

Side note: I had hoped to break 10k points before the new year, but alas on 12/31 I had 9992.  At least I hit over the weekend with a couple of likes lol.

jsweatt
Level 7

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vhero
Level 7

I don't see Terms and Conditions. US only?

mark.healey
Level 11

Looks like the answer for Day 4 is incorrect...

maria.bungau
Level 16

mark.healey‌, clear your cookies and give it another try.

mark.healey
Level 11

That's why I like Solarwinds, instant response!

Thanks

maria.bungau
Level 16

vhero‌, US, Canada, UK and Germany. The Terms and Conditions are right below the table with the questions.

edock
Level 9

Do we really need to have a GNS3 account in order to receive credit for today's answer? It is not marked as required.

ttl
Level 14

I didn't put anything in the GNS3 field and it said I got the points.

jisonhood
Level 8

I did the same thing & it stated that I received points but did we really?  Dun dun dun..

silverbacksays
Level 16

Here's my GNS3 & NPM lab:

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ZibaK
Level 12

Hi Maria, have you had a chance to look into this issue?  Thanks,

robertcbrowning
Level 14

Friday, Day 5. I was expecting a field to compete under the 'anything else' option, but no. So I'm putting my comment here. Hope that's what was expected.

I want it all, but I also want to auto-remediate and show a huge variety of views to different classes of users.

zachone92
Level 8

This is good idea to start bring 2016!, to more motivation

ttl
Level 14

Scientists say that we have a 50/50 chance of reality actually being a simulation (a la the Matrix), so I figure we've got at least those odds with the points...

isquish
Level 8

Re: Question 5, I want a robot sidekick to work my slot in the on-call rotation so I can get some sleep!

abynum
Level 10

I too suppose I'll comment here based on my answer of "Other".  I own so many SW products that I feel like an #itjedi  most days.  Security is my largest gap I think.  I am working on better tweaking the LEM to really tell me more about traffic and vendor holes and such, but if I had a super power it would be to know all unauthorized and/or malicious traffic traversing or attempting to traverse my network.  I'd have that "Spidey-sense tingling" feeling every time traffic was not what it should be.

I know if I had time, like say 1 whole month, to work on nothing but tweaking my SW products, I could be a monitoring genius!

#solarwinds professionals

kbarr74
Level 8

The grand prize is awesome hope I win.

jack.vaughan
Level 9

On the entry pages, it says "Insert your thwack username (not your email) to receive credit for answering this survey: " and I use my email address to log in.  I have been using my email address as my login and as this entry in missions since october and just realized that the points page shows 0 points for all of the previous missions.  This makes me a #sadpanda!  How do I fix this?!

mrs.alterego
Level 13

Actually jvaughan@connectria.com‌, you did select your username as your email address, so the fact that you are showing 0 points for previous missions completed would be unrelated. We will look into this for you and get back to you.

dasher
Level 11

Re: Question 5, I want all of the answers plus be able to automatically fix all the issues while on vacation in Hawaii, Skiing the Alps, Hiking in South America and Hunting in Africa! Am I asking to much!

bspencer63
Level 12

@ Q5, I already have them all because I use SW products! 

silverbacksays
Level 16

Not sure if it's Monday Brain(TM), but after reading the tip for Q6, I'm still none the wiser. Is the question correct? Perhaps it should be asking which is NOT supported IOS platform?

Haylp!

maria.bungau
Level 16

silverbacksays‌, looking into it.

maria.bungau
Level 16

silverbacksays‌, I read the tip as well, and I would say the question seems alright. But if you still have doubts,  feel free to send me a DM, and we'll figure it out.

maria.bungau
Level 16

jvaughan@connectria.com‌, have no worries. Your thwack ID IS your email in your case. It happens that sometime, people insert emails which are not tied to their thwack accounts, and end up not receiving points because of that, and it's a pity. That's the reason I added that comment in the brackets.

silverbacksays
Level 16

No worries maria.bungau‌. I'll wait and see what others feed back on this question. Could be my relative lack of experience when it comes to Cisco networking.