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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)

Installing and Configuring Splunk

Now that we've made our hardware decisions and have a handful of shiny new servers just waiting for something to do, let's install Splunk Enterprise on them!

The topics we'll cover in this chapter include the following:

  • How to install Splunk Enterprise on Linux and Windows platforms
  • Becoming familiar with Splunk's directory structure
  • Understanding Splunk's configuration file precedence and how it affects option settings
  • How to configure each Splunk component to perform its specific function
  • Using a checklist to ensure that a Splunk environment is properly configured
  • Implementing Splunk in multiple environments—zones and cross-environment search
  • How to document a Splunk solution

There's a lot to do, so let's get started!