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thwack Monthly Mission - September 2015

Community Manager

September brings relief in many forms; the kids go back to school, a much needed 3-day weekend to celebrate our labor, and for some of us, a hint of cooler weather.  This month we're also "relieving" you from the typical monthly mission quizzes and knowledge testing to focus on you, the IT Pro.  This month we want to hear about how you got to where you are and how you worked through the bizarre, comical and most confounding problem of your career.

September Mission

It's time to tell us how you #SolvedIT! Each week we will release a new topic or "trope" and ask you to share a true-life story from your IT career based on that theme.  The submission with the most votes at the end of each week will receive their very own customized cartoon strip based on your story.  Weekly winners will be entered for the grand prize along with 4 additional submissions hand picked by our Head Geeks for a total of 8 finalists.  Our Head Geeks will then choose a grand prize winner who will walk away with 2 VIP passes to Comic-Con 2016 in San Diego!

Looking to pick up some more points? Each submission will earn you 250 points.  Also, participants can earn an additional 10 points per tweet for sharing their story with the hashtag #SolvedIT and tagging @thwack. (capped at 1,000 points) This is also a great way to earn more votes for your submission(s)!

Weekly Topics

  1. September 8th - 13th: All's Well That Ends Well
    • Take us back to that pivotal IT moment and give us the blow-by-blow on your best server, application, storage or virtualization migration story.
  2. September 14th - 20th: Playing With Fire
    • It's 2AM and you're putting out the disaster recovery "fire" of your career.  Tell us how you conquered the challenge and made sure it never happened again.
  3. September 21st - 27th: Live To Fight Another Day
    • You return from vacation to find your company in the throes of a weekend update/upgrade gone horribly wrong?  Give us the details of your most menacing fire drill and how you learned to fight another day.
  4. September 28th - October 4th: The World Ends Tomorrow
    • How did you survive against all odds and even prosper after an "it's on fire, it's under water, it's melted or it's frozen" incident that has serious environmental impact on infrastructure?  Face a hurricane, tornado or earthquake? Even better.

Click here to submit your entry and vote for your favorites!

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74 Comments
Level 10

No comment? Hardest mission yet?

Level 15
Level 15

This mission september will be enlightening, as it will also show creativity when solving one problem, when there is lack of resources.

Level 13

I've been busy the last couple months. Doesn't look like it's going to get much better (Just had 3/4 workers in helpdesk let go as RIF, leaving ONLY me). I'm pretty new to Professional IT with only a year experience, so I don't really have much experience to have stories yet.

BUT I am really looking forward to reading every else's stories! Put down some good ones!     

Level 13

Lol right there with you! i've only really been working as IT for the past 3 months, but i've been crazy busy and unable to do last month's mission b/c all our college students came back the past week and we've been swamped preparing for their arrival O.o but looking forward to some crazy/entertaining stories to read while I hit the wall with my projects

Level 12

Hello All, me too but I am ready!

Please vote for ESX VM Machines Shared Memory:)  Thanks,

Level 17

Stories are there somewhere, I am having to remember some from years past that I have already forgotten more than once. Now some time for illustrations....

Level 14

Same here... but what to choose? hmmmm.

Level 17

I think I finally have stories matched with each scenario.. it's a good thing I have a tool to do mass firmware upgrades... otherwise that would be taking up my time this morning.  ... wait - is this story potential?!?

Level 10

Would it fair for people who not eligible for prizes to get more points?

Level 16

hanif.solarwinds‌, while I do understand your position, by doing this, we would exclude people who are eligible to win prizes, but don't actually win. There are still plenty of opportunities to get more points here on thwack, which benefits both you and the community.

Level 10

maria.bungau

no worries

Level 14

Stories about finding problems and removing them from the network.  Even is that problem is of the human variety.  Please read and enjoy.

Level 17

A last minute race... dragons, magic, eh - it could happen -

Level 16

Hey guys,

I think it's obvious who's the winner of the first week, but just want to announce it here as well.

goodzhere‌ is the first one to get his very own customized cartoon strip based on this story . Congrats!

Level 14

Thank you!  I was just having fun with it.  I am feeling great and exceptionally nice today!  I really appreciate winning, but I think that for the sake of the contest and prize (a cartoon strip), it would be a much better cartoon strip if you use a different story.  I really think makes for the best cartoon strip.  I think it could be really funny.  I would be more than willing to give my cartoon strip to this story.  I would like to remain in the drawing, if possible.  lol.

Level 15

When has pictures people understand better rsrsrsrs read the work


Contratulations. ...

Level 17

Congrats goodzhere‌!  Now check out this cool story ->

Level 14

Congrats sir..... Nice work

Level 17

Just me, but didn't years past focus on the Up Votes ?  For this and the IT Pro Day....

Maybe it's just me.

Level 14

Done

Level 14

Does personal disaster recovery count? I do have a (hopefully) amusing tale or two, but none of them actually fit into these categories.

Level 17

do tell! and you'll find once you start typing that it just may be a perfect fit... then you may realize that you have to truncate or split the story to make it applicable; thus creating the essence of the Sequel!

Level 15

Hello guys.

to reader and vote my history.

Level 16

Another great story will become a cartoon strip this week.

Congrats to nystateofmind and his story , from which we've learned how important communication between teams can be.

Level 14

Congrats nystateofmind

Level 8

Much thanks!!

Level 14

Nice job... well done...

Level 14

Congrats nystateofmind !  Good job on the story.  I can't wait to see the comic strip.

Level 14

OK.  Come check out my week 3 entry. Feel free to comment.

Level 15

Hello guys vote in my history 3 week

Level 8

Thanks a lot

Level 8

Thanks. Me either. It should be epic!

Level 14

So do the down votes even count?

What is this, Reddit?

Community Manager
Community Manager

goodzhere‌ I present you with your very own, custom comic strip based off of your Week 1 winning submission!

Here is the script our Geeks came up with for each frame.  Enjoy!

”SERVER ROOM STORYTIME”

by goodzhere

FRAME 1:

IT Hero is reactingly very dramatically/horrified to the water in the server room. We see ahim reacting, in the server room, and looking at the bottle:

TEXT: There’s water in the server room!

FRAME 2:

IT hero is drinking coffee straight out from underneath the coffee maker (see picture for reference)

TEXT: I need superpowers! I’m not awake enough for this yet!

FRAME 3:

IT hero has developed body armor after drinking all that caffeine:

Become an admin! Resistance is futile.

FRAME 4:

Image is a utopian world, in a thought bubble where perfectly cabled wires exists

(see image for reference)

TEXT: A planet of perfect punchdowns!

FRAME 5:

TEXT: Finding the problem is the easy part, but who to call on to solve the problem?

2 images dis by side:

TEXT: Remote mad scientist can’t help!

IMAGE 1: A guy in a lab coat

TEXT: And basement IT guy has his own problems!

IMAGE 2: Guy in basement, on the phone fighting off the wire monster

FRAME 6:

TEXT: So I submitted a query for help unto google

IMAGE: Energy wave is being transmitted to google- represented by a beam going into space into the “g” of google, and coming back down (in an answer to the query) are the words, very big and bold “GET THE MONKEYS!


FRAME 7:

IMAGE:

Monkeys in daya center jumping on water bttle



FRAME 8:

Monkey holding water bottle (like in the picture)

TEXT: The monkeys save the day!


week 1 winner.JPG


Level 14

Awesome...simply awesome

Level 17

The Basement IT Guy's Hair is all wrong...well too short, but the beard is good!

Is it just coincidence that My main character's name in &   is Guy?!?!  Hmm...

Level 14

Thanks.  This is awesome!.  I love it!  I'm going to print it out and post it up!

Community Manager
Community Manager

We will be sending it to you in a frame goodzhere

Level 16

Congrats to network defender‌ and his winning story for our third week of the mission:

This will make a great comic strip!

Level 8

That is just awesome!!!

Level 8

Congrats! Well done and a great story.

Level 14

Congrats network defender !  Great story!

Level 14

Thank you all.  I can't wait to see the comic.  The comic that was created for Dr. goodzhere‌ was awesome!

Level 17

I apparently forgot to provide accolade to this comic in my effort to be a smart aleck. This is a grand display of goodzhere‌'s story! I am elated to have my likeness included in some way...eh, who am i kidding I didn't do a darn thing!

Kudos to the SolarWinds team for outdoing themselves on this Mission!

Level 14

And I will have a reference to you displayed in a frame hanging at work.  When I  see the basement IT guy, I will know who it is.

Level 17

haha..forever deemed 'The Basement IT Guy' - Love IT!

Level 14

Don't forget those lunches.