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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)

Creating a dashboard

Splunk dashboards provide a way to group a set of tables and graphs together into one useful and informative view. A dashboard consists of one or more panels that contains a table, graph, or other visualization; each can run a different search query to populate the panel. Dashboards can also exist as forms, which provide user-selectable options, such as a time-picker or drop-down lists, check boxes, or radio buttons, to alter the search parameters.

The quickest and easiest way to create a new dashboard is to start with an existing report; we'll use the two reports we created in the previous section of this chapter to populate a simple Splunk server status and information dashboard using the following steps:

  1. In the Search & Reporting app, click the Reports menu button.
  2. From the reports list, click Splunk Server Disk Space Usage.
  3. In the top-right corner...