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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)


This chapter starts with creating reports from a search, which is the foundation for creating dashboards and alerts as well. When you have created and executed a search using SPL, inspected the results to ensure they include all the data you wanted them to, and selected and configured the visualization options so that the output is meaningful and useful, you have several options for saving the search and search results so they can be shared and viewed by others, and/or run again on an ad-hoc or scheduled basis to support a business function.

The choices for accomplishing this are available by clicking the Save As... link to the top-right of Splunk Web and selecting the desired option from the following list:

  • Report
  • Dashboard panel
  • Alert
  • Event type

We'll cover each of these options in turn, and, in the process, leverage a useful search that provides an assortment...