Happy Sysadmin Appreciation Day!

Sysadmins are a big part of Splunk culture. They were our first customers, and many of the movers and shakers within the organization are former or current sysadmins. Few roles see as many different types of machine data go by in an average day.

I found an article about Sysadmin Appreciation Day today, and they suggested some gifts. Maybe a premium beer, some chocolate or gift certificate to something nerdy. As a person rooted in system administration, I support all those as great ideas but let me propose another one…

The same way that the role of the ever typing secretary changed with the advent of computers running word processing, the life of a sysadmin can really take wings when …

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Having Fun with Splunk and Max

Here I’m testing a simple Max/MSP patch using the [udpsend] object to Splunk listening on localhost:8002.

Using Splunk to check consistency of a sin function based log generator written in Max.

The Max patch to the right is generating a log entry many times a second, the exact amount being modulated by a [sin] object. Since the sin wave is pretty easy to detect discrepancies in, I can just eyeball for dropped packets or latency. With this information, and an eye on my system load using some code stolen from our Unix App, I can safely proceed knowing what load I can push my system to during demos running both Splunk and Max before I see problems using this setup.…

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Life of an IT Sysadmin Living in QA

After a career building up my IT skills elsewhere, I’ve spent the last year and a bit working within QA for Splunk. It’s been a fascinating ride, coming from being a sysadmin user of Splunk who couldn’t sway the people at the purse strings to finance a bigger license… to being a part of the dev team that has brought 4.3 to market.

I pondered at times when I was testing early versions of the UI changes that Splunk was courting a different demographic and losing touch with sysadmins. The same sysadmin/networkadmin user base that put Splunk on the map.

My concerns were myopic at best.

In testing the command line interface, getting to know REST, installing Splunk hundreds of …

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