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Splunk Operational Intelligence Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Jose E. Hernandez, Josh Diakun, Derek Mock, Paul R. Johnson
Book Image

Splunk Operational Intelligence Cookbook - Second Edition

By: Jose E. Hernandez, Josh Diakun, Derek Mock, Paul R. Johnson

Overview of this book

Splunk makes it easy for you to take control of your data, and with Splunk Operational Cookbook, you can be confident that you are taking advantage of the Big Data revolution and driving your business with the cutting edge of operational intelligence and business analytics. With more than 70 recipes that demonstrate all of Splunk’s features, not only will you find quick solutions to common problems, but you’ll also learn a wide range of strategies and uncover new ideas that will make you rethink what operational intelligence means to you and your organization. You’ll discover recipes on data processing, searching and reporting, dashboards, and visualizations to make data shareable, communicable, and most importantly meaningful. You’ll also find step-by-step demonstrations that walk you through building an operational intelligence application containing vital features essential to understanding data and to help you successfully integrate a data-driven way of thinking in your organization. Throughout the book, you’ll dive deeper into Splunk, explore data models and pivots to extend your intelligence capabilities, and perform advanced searching to explore your data in even more sophisticated ways. Splunk is changing the business landscape, so make sure you’re taking advantage of it.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Splunk Operational Intelligence Cookbook Second Edition
About the Authors
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Looking up inventory from an external database

In this recipe, you will install and leverage DB Connect to search an external database's product inventory table. You will then pull this data back into Splunk and turn it into a local lookup that harvests the data once per day. This product inventory table will be used in the next chapter.


DB Connect has a dedicated Splunk manual that can be found at

Getting ready

To step through this recipe, you will need a running Splunk Enterprise server, with the sample data loaded from Chapter 1, Play Time – Getting Data In. You should be familiar with navigating the Splunk user interface.

Additionally, it is recommended that you have one of the following supported databases installed:

  • DB2

  • Informix

  • MemSQL

  • MS SQL

  • MySQL

  • Oracle

  • PostgreSQL


  • Sybase

  • Teradata

DB Connect might work with other JDBC-compatible databases and data stores, but this is not guaranteed. DB Connect 2 has several prerequisites detailed...