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Splunk 7.x Quick Start Guide

By : James H. Baxter
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Splunk 7.x Quick Start Guide

By: James H. Baxter

Overview of this book

Splunk is a leading platform and solution for collecting, searching, and extracting value from ever increasing amounts of big data - and big data is eating the world! This book covers all the crucial Splunk topics and gives you the information and examples to get the immediate job done. You will find enough insights to support further research and use Splunk to suit any business environment or situation. Splunk 7.x Quick Start Guide gives you a thorough understanding of how Splunk works. You will learn about all the critical tasks for architecting, implementing, administering, and utilizing Splunk Enterprise to collect, store, retrieve, format, analyze, and visualize machine data. You will find step-by-step examples based on real-world experience and practical use cases that are applicable to all Splunk environments. There is a careful balance between adequate coverage of all the critical topics with short but relevant deep-dives into the configuration options and steps to carry out the day-to-day tasks that matter. By the end of the book, you will be a confident and proficient Splunk architect and administrator.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Splunk information resources

The Splunk website has a landing page with links to a vast array of additional information on configuring and using Splunk:

Some of the more useful of these sources include the following:

Splunk documentation is, as you might expect, an extensive collection of documentation and tutorials that covers all aspects of all of Splunk's products. In the Splunk Enterprise documentation landing page, for example, you'll find tabs for Get started, Search and report, Administer, and so on with links to manuals for related topics. The Admin Manual and Getting Data In manuals under the Administer tab are particularly useful for administering Splunk.

Splunk answers is a collection of questions posted by Splunk users and administrators with answers provided by experts in the field who have solved those particular problems. If you use a search engine such as Google to look for an answer to an issue working with Splunk, here or in Splunk Docs is usually where you'll end up.

Splunk education offers a number of Learning Paths for users, Splunk administrators, architects, developers, and so on, which I highly recommend. While this Quick Start Guide is intended to introduce and guide you through the most important and useful features of Splunk from one source, and provide some practical experience and examples of common configurations and challenges you'll encounter, you will want to pursue a formal education path if you wish to obtain a deeper understanding of Splunk and achieve the various levels of Splunk certifications such as Certified User, Power User, Admin, Architect, or Developer.

I also recommend that you download, print, and peruse the Splunk Quick Reference Guide:

This is an excellent resource both to accompany the chapters that follow and to keep by your side as you perform day-to-day Splunk administration tasks, as it covers the most significant concepts and information about Splunk as well as a great deal of reference material that is helpful for performing searches using the Search Processing Language.