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thwack Monthly Mission - November 2015

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When your shin finds a drawer that is out of position, it might put a strain on your disposition. A flat tire in the driveway when you try to leave, might make you start feeling a little bit peeved. But when all your VMs have escaped from their cage, you’re sure to start thinking that it’s time for some rage! Rage against the virtual machine that is. This month’s thwack mission, “Rage Against the Virtual Machine,” puts you deep in the heart of your virtualized environment. Solve the riddles, earn bonus points, and possibly walk away with the grand prize: a PlayStation® 4 Limited Edition Star Wars® Battlefront® 500GB Bundle. May you emerge victorious and regain your sovereignty over those mutinous virtualized assets.


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This month we bring you Rage Against the Virtual Machine! In addition to the awesome prizes and thwack points up for grabs this month, we also created a mission "shortcut" to earn the Rage Against the Virtual Machine t-shirt!

The shortcut to earn the t-shirt is simple: 1. Download SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 2. Upload a screenshot of the "Storage" tab (see example). 3. Get a Rage Against the Virtual Machine t-shirt!

In order to qualify for the weekly and grand prizes, you must correctly answer all questions.  Those who can complete this mission without missing any questions will 1.  Earn 150 points per question.  2. Get the Rage Against the Virtual machine t-shirt.  3.  Entered to win the weekly and grand prizes.  See below for the mission rules.

Mission Rules

  1. A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on November 2.
  2. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until November 29 @ 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 weekly prizes.
    • Week 1 - Drawing on November 9 for an Audio-Technica® AT-LP60 Turntable and a Rage Against the Machine® Album
    • Week 2 - Drawing on November 16 for a Rock Band® 4 Bundle
    • Week 3 - Drawing on November 23 for an Sphero BB-8 App Enabled Droid
  5. Correctly answer all 15 questions over the course of the month to be entered to win our grand prize package‌!
  6. 150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question.  There are 15 questions which means you can earn a maximum of 2,250 points for this mission.
    • ***Points/badges will be added to profiles once the mission has closed***

RageTShirt.PNGRageTShirt.PNG***Mission Shortcut***

Get the EXCLUSIVE Rage Against the Virtual Machine t-shirt!

Step 1: Download SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

Step 2: Upload a screenshot of the "Storage" tab (see example)

Weekly Prizes






Week 1: Audio-Technica Turntable ‌& Rage Against the Machine vinyl

Complete questions 1-5 by November 8 to be entered to win

Nov 2 - Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Week 2: Rock Band 4 Bundle

Complete questions 6-10 by November 15 to be entered to win

Nov 9 - Question 6

Question 7

Question 8

Question 9

Question 10

Week 3: Sphero BB-8 App Enabled Droid

Complete questions 11 - 15 by November 22 to be entered to win

Nov 16 - Question 11

Question 12

Question 13

Question 14

Question 15

Correctly answer all 15 questions before November 29 and get one (1) Rage Against the Virtual Machine t-shirt!

You will also be entered to win the grand prize:

Playstation 4 Limited Edition Star Wars Battlefront 500 GB Bundle


...and the mission begins!

Level 8


Level 15


what rules?
The delivery of prizes will be for anyone from anywhere in the world can participate?

Level 13

And so it begins....

Is that DynaTrace Green and Black or is it just me?

By the way, I think this is one of the coolest SW shirts ever!  It is right up there with All of Your Alerts Are Belong to US.

Level 12

This looked like an any answer could be right - depending on our current environment ... but I guess not?  It says I got it wrong.

Level 14

T-shirts only for US & Canada. Bah. It's a very neat shirt & it neeeeeeds to be seen in the UK

Level 11

The confirmation screen for the first question said I earned 200 points, but rule 6 says only 150 per question.  Would you kindly clarify which it will be?

It's nice to have something new to look forward to every day.  Thanks, DanielleH‌!

Level 8

‌earn points! wonder to shipping to my friend once get one of award

But the process above, Virtual Manager URL doesn't begin work .

trial at for two platform .

Level 16

torvial‌, thanks for letting us know. the URL is now fixed. Give it another try.

Level 16

unwiredmedic‌, it's 150 points, as stated in the rules. I'm sorry for the confusion.

Level 12

please add the T-shirts in STORE too.

Level 10

Level 7

Unfortunately not :

  1. 1. Eligibility: The Rage Against the Virtual Machine – The Mission Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of Canada and the United States who are eighteen (18) years of age or older. Employees of SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC, its subsidiaries or affiliates, or other companies associated with the promotion of the Sweepstakes, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Sweepstakes is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited. Canadian residents selected as potential winners are subject to correctly answering a skill question of Sponsor’s choice prior to being eligible for a prize.

From the UK...I'm out!

Level 15

Yes. I have read.

Level 8

I don't even care if I win (although it would be nice), I just like all the techy missions.

Level 15

I've posted about it, it's good because it adds knowledge, but I like to be recognized by the competitions I participate.
I fully understand the reasons why it can not deliver everywhere in the world.

Level 10

May the odds ever be in  . . . my favor! lol.  I want this grand prize sooo bad.  Not just the PS but I'm one of the biggest Star Wars geeks on the planet and I've been waiting for Battlefront for so long.  This would be a great addition for me, my daughters, and my nephew after the Episode VII premier!!!

Level 10

I truly needs to be seen at the Guiness Brewery - and I volunteer to take it there! 

Level 10

I was wondering the same thing. Thanks for clarification.

Level 9

I respectfully disagree with today's question and it's answer...From the link to the Virtualization Manager Admin Guide found on the "hint" page...SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 6.3 DocVersion Revised: 10/5/2015   Page 164...Virtualization Manager contains over 40 alerts by default to help you identify and highlight common problems in virtual environments. Based on this statement I believe my answer should have been correct.

Sadly, and although less efficient, I watched the video and saw them call out the specific answer that is marked correct in today's question.

But you have a great point.  Every resource referenced or found through the Hint page should be consistent.

Level 16

We have our first winner. An Audio-Technica Turntable AND a Rage Against The Machine Album are going to ... ironman84‌. Congrats!

Level 12

Congrats ironman84

Congrats to ironman84

Level 9

Oh great! now Ice Ice Baby is going to be in my head all day!

Level 10

Gratz ironman84!

Level 10

I would just like conformation: I DO NOT have to be logged in to answer a question I just have to put my user ID in the field before clicking the "submit" button, is this correct?

Level 10

Congrats ironman84


While SolarWinds shares some of the blame, Vanilla Ice and to a certain extent David Bowie do as well.  Depending on whether 'Under Pressure' was a contributing factor to Mr. VanWinkle's songwriting.


Congrats ironman84‌ !!

Level 16

ahpdwebmaster‌, no, you don't need to be logged in to thwack. The questions are hosted on a platform outside the community.

Level 10

CONGRATS ironman84‌!!!!

Level 9

Woo hoo! Aw yeah!

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Community Manager

pzjones‌ Looking into this to make sure we don't have inconsistencies in our documentation.  I'm having trouble finding the Admin Guide linked on the hint resource that was provided for Friday's question.  Can you tell or link me to where you found this?

Level 9

A bit kludge, I will admit, but since I couldn't watch the video...from the notes under the video - hyperlink to virtualization manager product page on thwack, getting started with vman doc icon, vman documentation, admin guide....

Specifically the first paragraph of Chapter eight says:

Virtualization Manager uses alerts to monitor the environment for specified conditions, and to notify users or external systems about those conditions. You can configure alerts to fire when a specific condition arises, when it ceases to exist, or both. Virtualization Manager contains over __ alerts by default to help you identify and highlight common problems in virtual environments.

So as not to confuse the issue on the answer I removed the number above.


Thomas A. Iannelli

Information Services Manager

Stanley Consultants, Inc.



563.264.6578 (phone)

563.299.2318 (mobile)

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Level 10

Yeah, I got excited there for a moment too... Since it is a short month.

Level 10

Yea!  Congrats ironman84

Level 8

Do we need to answer every question for the entire month correctly in order to get the T-Shirt? Or was it that we just have to answer every question for the first week correctly to get one?


Level 9

Correctly answer all 15 questions before November 29 and get one (1) Rage Against the Virtual Machine t-shirt!

Level 16

jgraci91‌, you need to correctly answer all questions for this month. Or you can take the shortcut: download the SW Virtualization manager and upload a screenshot of the storage tab.

Level 13

was kinda hoping they would still let us earn 3k total points on this month's mission

DanielleH‌ or maria.bungau‌ for the short cut for this month is it really necessary to integrate the demo Virtualization Manager into our production Orion environment in order to get to that Storage tab or is it okay to have deployed the demo OVA and capture the Storage Platform Dashboard?

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Community Manager

tomiannelli‌ sending you a DM.

Level 7

you need to correctly answer all questions for this month. Or you can take the shortcut: download the SW Virtualization manager and upload a screenshot of the storage tab.


Todays hint has nothing to do with the question or answers. Please correct.

Until they get it corrected in the link. Here is the correct video to watch for the hint.

Virtualization Manager - Management Actions - YouTube