Quick n’ Dirty: Splunk Form Cheat Sheet
Have you ever made a terrific dashboard in Splunk and then thought…”Hmm, this is such a great dashboard, but I wish I could filter it for a subset of this data” or “hmmm….this dashboard should win an Academy Award, and now I’d like to exactly recreate it but for a different set of data”. Yes? Then you’re a great candidate for Splunk’s Simple XML forms.
There’s some great documentation on that topic here, but no documentation is so great that it can’t be improved with a cheat sheet. I’ve made one and it lives here. Enjoy and please email me (email@example.com) with praise, concerns, suggestions, and knock knock jokes.
Capturing Omniture (or Google Analytics, or Webtrends) Data into Splunk
Option #1: CSV Export
Quick N’ Dirty: Delimited Data, Sourcetypes, and You
Sometimes you have data. It’s great data, it’s consistent data, and it would just be a heck of a lot more useful if Splunk knew each and every field.
You could always do it old school and use Splunk’s built in Interactive Field Extractor (also known as IFX). Upside: it’s easy. Downside: you’ll need to extract each field individually. And if your data has, like, twenty columns, that’s a lot of extracting you’re doing. there’s a faster way.
If your data is delimited, there’s an easier way to teach Splunk to understand it. As long as your data is consistently delimited…say with a space, comma, or tab…you can teach Splunk how to separate the data and how to…
Many of our customers use Splunk to analyze their Web traffic simply by indexing their apache or IIS server logs. Those logs are useful, but in many cases they only provide half the picture. This blog shows how you can send both server-side and client-side data to Splunk and have the best of both worlds.
What is server-side and client-side? Let’s say you’re reading this on blogs.splunk.com. You’ve loaded this page and that action has been recorded in the apache server log, also known as server-side. However, there are some interactions you can have with this page that won’t show up in the logs. For example, you could “mouse over” the list of categories on the right nav or toggle…