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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)

Searching with Splunk

This chapter is perhaps the most important part of the entire book as it covers how to use Splunk's Search capability to get data out of Splunk indexes, reduce it to its essential components, and then transform and format the results into a dataset and visualizations that provide real value and useful insights. The important features of the user interface — Splunk Web—are leveraged in working examples of the more basic Search Processing Language (SPL) commands, which serve as the foundation for a gentle and logical progression to using the more advanced commands and visualization options.

Topics we will cover in this chapter include:

  • Essential SplunkWeb interface features and controls
  • How to format basic Search Processing Language (SPL) search strings
  • How to create filters to reduce the amount of data returned from searches
  • How to use...