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Splunk 7.x Quick Start Guide

By : James H. Baxter
Book Image

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)

Advanced search commands

In some situations, you may need to utilize one of the more complex commands, such as sub-searches, join, or transaction. These commands allow you to handle dynamic events and values that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to do within a single search.


A subsearch is a search that runs within a primary, or outer, search, and is intended to return results to the primary/outer search to provide data that the primary search needs.

When a search contains a subsearch, the subsearch is run first. Subsearches must be enclosed in square brackets in the primary search, and the first term must be an event-generating command such as search, eventcount, or tstats (usually, you'll use search...