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thwack Monthly Mission - September Edition

Community Manager

We've gone a little crazy this month but who can blame us?!  SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 6.0 is on it's way and unless you've been hiding under a rock, you're probably aware it's coming packed with several exciting new features.  Some have affectionately referred to this release as SAM 6.OMG and others may have shed a tear or two, but it's all in the name of taking SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) to the next level and well beyond just application and server monitoring (well, maybe we skipped a few levels).

September's Mission

Ready to check out the new features and Navigate the Depth's with SAM 6.0?  This month we will feature 4, five-question quizzes, each highlighting one of the major new features coming in SAM 6.0.  Normally, there would only be a grand prize at the end of the mission but we've tossed that out that the door this month.  Not only do we have a grand prize, but we'll be giving away a prize each week until the end of September.  Take a look at the mission rules below to see how to play.

Mission Rules

  1. There will be 1 quiz featured each week.  Follow the schedule below to see opening and closing times, prizes, and drawing dates.
  2. There are 5 questions on each quiz.  Each question is worth 150 points, making the entire quiz worth a possible 750 points.  Over the course of the month, you'll have a chance to earn up to 3,000 points.  And don't shy away from those points even if you're not entered into a drawing.  Points are like gold right now!  New items will be coming to the thwack store sooner than you think.
  3. Score 100% on a weekly quiz and be entered into the drawing for that week's prize.
  4. Attempt all 4 quizzes throughout the month and be entered to the grand prize drawing, regardless of your score on the quizzes.
  5. As always, only your first submission to each quiz counts for credit/entries.
  6. Weekly drawings will be held on Friday afternoons.
  7. The grand prize drawing will be held on Monday, September 30th.
  8. Terms & Conditions

Best of luck!

Quiz Topic

Dates Open/Close

Open @ midnight CST

Close @ noon CST

PrizeDrawing Date (Afternoon)
Don't Exceed Your Baselines: SAM Baseline ThresholdsSeptember 2 - 61 TB Rugged Safe Hard DriveSeptember 6
CYA (Cover Your Assets): SAM Asset Inventory September 9 - 13

GoPro Hero3

September 13
SAM & The Windows Event Log ViewerSeptember 16 - 20Google Nexus 7September 20
Know Your DB Lingo: SAM AppInsightSeptember 23 - 27Slingbox 500September 27
Grand Prize
Attempt all 4 weeks and be entered to win a $600 American Express Gift Card!

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Click on the boxes in the image to navigate between quizzes.

137 Comments
Level 7

First quiz question 3 admin guide hint link not working, How to know which questions are answered wrong.

Community Manager
Community Manager

I've swapped links and it should be working now.  Thanks.

MVP
MVP

Another great contest! You guys are on a roll!

Level 15

...with ham and cheese. Get it?

Level 11

Is anyone else having trouble playing the videos at Server & Application Monitor (SAM) Training - YouTube?

Level 9

I cannot play them either...

Level 15

I'm talking with Danielle so we'll investigate ASAP

Level 11

Working now. Thanks!

Community Manager
Community Manager

Can you try these embeds? 

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 7:

Level 11

Those all work, as well as the original links

Level 10

Wow I really thought I had all the right answers, but only got 3 of 5.    Guess I'd better study harder next time...

Level 15

Still doesn't work for me....just sits there trying to load.

Level 15

Well I stand corrected...it does load just takes forever on a 200Mb circuit

Community Manager
Community Manager

The upside is you still have 3 chances to win!  There isn't a time limit on these, take your time until you're confident.

Level 15

Yeah I am out - too frustrating to spend an hour trying to to find the right answers, checking twice, three times... just to find out one is wrong and no grand prize after 1 day in. Going back to studying for certs...

Level 15

I'd have to agree with here.  Lot of effort to be eliminated that quickly for getting one wrong. 

Community Manager
Community Manager

While I understand your frustration, I hope everyone can also understand that the prizes being offered are substantial and thus, some effort is to be expected. 

Level 12

3 out of 5 is starting to sound like a common theme. Co-worker and I scored the same. Can ya double check the questions/answers?

And when will I see points from last months hit my account?

Level 10

I didn't have any issues and it took me less than 30 minutes while doing other stuff (responding to alerts )

Level 12

flobb...shhhhhh..go play with your xbox. 

Level 17

At least clue us to which one's were 'wrong'... we can figure out why.

Level 20

me too... I have SAM (but it's our most recent addition so I'm by no means an expert) and everything was there to get the answers :^}

Community Manager
Community Manager

We've made a slight change to one of the mission rules regarding how to be entered to win the grand prize.  Moving forward, as long as you attempt all 4 quizzes throughout the month, you will be eligible for the grand prize regardless of your score on the quizzes.  The rule that only those who score 100% on a weekly quiz will be entered for that week's prize still stands.

For those who may see this rule change as reactionary to the comments above, I can confirm we intentionally made these quizzes more challenging and after speaking with the SAM team, we realized scoring 100% on all 4 of these quizzes was a bit optimistic on our part. 

Just wondering, my username and my profile name are not the same. I put my username in when I did the earlier quizzes but the points never show up on my profile. Should I be using my profile name? I finished this weeks quiz earlier today. Thanks Tom

Level 11

Tom,

I've got quite a few points that have not been applied from last month's contest and this month as well. I'm just assuming that it's going to take a little while to tally everyone's points and apply them.

EDIT:

After reading some comments under August's monthly mission, it looks like they hope to have all points applied from that mission by COB today. So just be patient

Community Manager
Community Manager

- whatever you use to sign into thwack is your username.  I remember seeing your name on the list so rest assured you're good to go.

Due to the amount of participants, we are aiming to have all points added by end of business on Monday.  Thank you for your patience!

Community Manager
Community Manager

Hurry to get your responses in for Week 1: Don't Exceed Your Baselines: SAM Baseline Thresholds will be closing at noon CST and we will be drawing a winner for the 1 TB Rugged Safe Hard Drive this afternoon!

Level 11

Good luck to everyone! That drive looks pretty neat.

Community Manager
Community Manager

We have a winner of the 1 TB Rugged Safe Hard Drive... !  Congratulations!

Week 2: CYA (Cover Your Assets): SAM Asset Inventory will open at midnight CST on Monday, September 9th.  We will be giving away a GoPro Hero3!

Level 13

Woohoo!

Level 16

3 out of 5 here too...


Level 11

The hints for Week 2, questions 1 and 4 are hosted on slideshare.net, which is blocked by our corporate firewall as it's a file sharing site. Is there any other way to access these resources?

Edit: Never mind, I'll just check the online docs!

Hint: The answers to both are in Chapter 13 of the user guide, starting on page 317.

Level 11

Play from home?

Level 10

Yay!  I got all the right answers on that one. 

Level 11

I want that GoPro!

Community Manager
Community Manager

Way to be resourceful! Hope you were able to get all 5 correct!

Level 9

Can't wait for my new go-pro. I mean I better win! lol

I will actually put it to good use. What kind of vids do you want to see? Racecars? Bikini carwashes? random endangerment and havoc?

Level 16

random endangerment and havoc please....  🙂

Level 14

How about including those of us that are NOT in North America?

MVP
MVP

I noticed that my points are not getting assigned from either last week or this week.

Is there anything else I need to be doing?

Community Manager
Community Manager

Points for last week's quiz will be added to profiles this week.  To clarify, these quizzes are hosted on a 3rd party platform.  Thus, points are a manual addition and not automatically accounted for once you finish.  Thank you for your patience.

MVP
MVP

thanks for the clarification!

I have not figured out how these things work yet and it hasn't been making sense as the numbers assigned don't add up to the total

Community Manager
Community Manager

The numbers assigned don't add up to the total?  Please explain.

MVP
MVP

when I look at the points in "Activity" on my account, they don't add up to the total.

I'm sure it will all come out in the wash

Community Manager
Community Manager

Ah, your activity in the reputation center.  Gotcha.  What I mentioned above can help explain that too.  Anything that requires manual addition of points will not show up in this feed.  What you'll see in your "activity" are the automated actions that we have setup.  Those are all listed here:

Level 9

Who won last week?

Community Manager
Community Manager

won.  Check out the comments about half way up.

Level 9

Thanks. I was just wondering. You can go ahead and let me know that I won the go -pro now if you like.

MVP
MVP

actually I meant they literally don't add up. You can total the points listed and it doesn't add up to the total shown and I haven't even got around to spending any yet!

My math is pretty bad, but......

Community Manager
Community Manager

I'll message you about this.