The Splunk Apptitude App Contest to give out $150,000 in prizes
The RSA Conference 2015 is in full swing here in San Francisco, and Splunk is out in force. With so much news coming out of the conference, it’s easy for things to get lost in the shuffle so I wanted to let you all know the what, why, when and how about the new Splunk Apptitude App Contest that we announced this morning.
The Splunk Apptitude App Contest is an online competition designed to find the next big app using Splunk software. Whether it’s the next cutting edge visualization, or a highly technical security app – we want your big ideas. And we’ll give you more than just bragging rights, we’ll give you cash.
The Splunk Apptitude contest serves …
Announcing the Splunk Developer Guidance
Greetings, Splunk Developer Community!
This week we are announcing the new Splunk Developer Guidance program at the Splunk Partner Summit Americas 2015. The main objective is to provide our developer community with tools and guidance to build amazing apps on the Splunk platform and enrich users’ experience in gaining insights from their machine data – where ever it might come from and whatever domain they might be specializing in! We are fully aware that the first thing most devs are looking for is code that they can take apart, learn from, and reuse. That’s why we built reference apps for you. The reference apps are complete, end-to-end, real-world apps built with our partners that are meant to showcase various underlying …
Look at all the pretty colors!
The class is our Power User Bootcamp, and we just finished talking about Splunk’s tagging, event types, and lookup functionalities. One of our more security-minded customers asked “hey – that ability to assign a color to event types in the Splunk search GUI is pretty cool – I’d like to use that to prioritize the events I’m looking at based on the risk profile assigned to a user. From a lookup. Can I do that?”
A second customer said “I like that idea.”
So, since this …
Updated Traffic App
A few years ago, I created a publicly available traffic app for monitoring traffic incidents in major US cities configured by user. Since then, the provider of the feed has cut down on the number of cities they monitor and no longer provide incident counts per intersection. Nevertheless, they still provide a Jam Factor. A Jam Factor is a subjective number provided for a roadway that indicates how busy (or jammed) the roadway is.
For my reference implementation, I used this Jam factor field to visually allow you to to see your city’s (assuming the provider covers it) current Jam Factor for major highways. This updated traffic app that you can download has new dashboards that you can use to …
APP WALKTHROUGH: Workflow Actions
One of the best ways to learn is by example. If you want to build your own Splunk app, one of the best things you can do is dissect other apps.
In the below youtube video, I slowly go through a simple but useful app that adds “workflow actions”, which allow you to write custom actions for events and their fields. This video shows you how it works and how you can make apps like it.
I go line-by-line, file-by-file, explaining everything. You will learn something.
Youtube video: Splunk App Walkthrough: Power Actions
PDF printing and logos
Working on the Splunk OEM team, we are often asked if it is possible to replace the logo printed on PDF reports. The short answer is yes, it is possible but it is kind of a hack. The workaround would not be Splunk upgrade safe, there are some limitations to what the SVG can do, and you would need to edit some Python. With that being said, the request to make this easier is already in the laundry list of improvements we are looking at for PDF printing.
Let’s get started:
- The default Splunk logo is hardcoded in the $SPLUNK_HOME/lib/python2.7/site-packages/splunk/pdf/pdfrenderer.py file. Make sure you backup the file before editing!
- At the bottom of the file, you will notice a variable
What are Splunk Apps and Add-Ons ?
If you have ever uploaded a contribution to Splunk Apps you’ll see the following option : But what does this really mean ? What is the difference between an App and an Add-on ? Both are packaged and uploaded to Splunk Apps as SPL files and then to install them in your Splunk instance you simply untar the SPL file into etc/apps .But the content and purpose of Apps and Add-ons certainly differ from one another.
An Add-on is typically a single component that you can develop that can be re-used across a number of different use cases.It is usually not specific to any one single use case.It also won’t contain a navigable user interface.You cannot open an Add-on from …
Announcing the Splunk Add-on for Check Point OPSEC LEA 2.1.0
Check Point administrators rejoice, Splunk Add-on for OPSEC LEA 2.1.0 has been released! The free update provides useful improvements to almost every aspect of the add-on.
The old OPSEC interface has been completely overhauled and streamlined. The interface is no longer stuck in the past and should look right at home on your Splunk 6 search heads.
The manage connections page now offers a much more powerful overview of your Check Point connections. As you can see on the screenshot, every connection has a set of metrics available. These differ based upon the connection type. An audit connection displays the timestamp of the last event collected. A normal connection displays throughput over the last 24 hours …
Splunk’s New Web Framework, Volkswagen’s Data Lab, and the Internet of Things.
There are many incredible features in Splunk 6. Pivot, Data Models and integrated maps really stole the show at .conf2013. But I really have to give credit to our developer team in Seattle for the massive leap forward in user interface possibilities with the addition of the integrated web framework, which is included in Splunk 6 but is also available as an app download for Splunk 5.
In the midst of all that Splunk 6 excitement at .conf, I was introduced (at the Internet of Things pavilion) to the team at Volkswagen Data Lab, and had some great discussions with them about their interest in using Splunk as a platform for the management, analysis, and visualization of data from …
Custom Icons in Splunk 6 Tables
“Daddy. DADDY! We’re out of Sriracha. Does Costco sell Sriracha? Can you go get some before you start working today?”
That was my five-year-old son at breakfast this morning, after he turned the Sriracha bottle upside down and banged the heck out of the bottom of the rooster-adorned bottle with his tiny fist, trying to get the last bits of the dark-red chili sauce deposited onto his scrambled eggs.
While I’m certain we will solve the 2014 Sriracha Crisis at the Brodsky household, the whole episode reminded me of a question (stick with me, you’ll see why) that a Splunk customer asked me a few months ago, which went something like this:
“When creating a dashboard in Splunk 6, …