DIY 0 to 60 with Splunk in 3 steps

A lot of folks (particular developers) often ask me how to get started with building an app in Splunk? Many of the askers have no previous exposure to Splunk. Here are the steps I recommend:

  • Download Splunk: http://www.splunk.com/en_us/download.html. You’ll get 500 megs data ingest a day for free, which is plenty to start!
  • Do the search tutorial. It covers all the basics end to end, from ingesting data, to searches, to dashboards. By the end of the tutorial you will get a good sense of what you can do with Splunk itself.
  • Follow the fantastic new developer guidance for apps. We worked with real partners and have documented the entire journey of building an app, and captured those learnings for you
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Building Splunk Solutions

Building Splunk Solutions coverSplunk is delighted to announce the publication of the new developer guide: Building Splunk Solutions.

This authoritative guidance is built by developers for developers.
Splunk Enterprise is a highly-efficient platform for searching, analyzing, and monitoring all of your machine data from any source. While being very powerful out of the box, there is a lot of additional value that Splunk can offer through the apps and solutions that extend and enrich the capabilities of the Splunk core.

This guide follows a Splunk software engineering team on a journey to build a solution, focusing on the real world partner use cases showcasing various capabilities of the Splunk Developer Platform. Like a documentary, it captures our story from envisioning and user …

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Splunk Apptitude App Contest: Hear from previous winners and enter now

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The Splunk Apptitude App contest is entering its final month and there’s still time for you to enter for a chance to win up to $150,000.

Earlier this month we were fortunate to catch up with past winners Erica Feldman, Rich Acosta and Chris Summers to discuss their entries and to gain some insight into their participation.

Other than the obvious financial incentives, what was it that attracted you to the Splunk Apptitude contest?

Chris: I’ve been working with SCCM for about 12 years so it’s a product I’m very familiar with. I’d been wanting to work with Splunk for a long time and I saw this an opportunity to finally get to know the product. I wanted

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Zillow developing on Splunk

zilllowThe Splunk Developer platform allows extending the capabilities of Splunk Enterprise by building your custom solutions. One of the ways to extend Splunk is to implement custom search commands, effectively extending Splunk Search Processing Language (SPL). Custom search commands are programs that allow you to stream or report on data.

In a recent Seattle Splunk User Group meeting, Bernie Macias and Jerome Ibanes of Zillow provided an overview of custom search commands, discussed the anatomy of a command, and provided a deep dive into building and packaging them. They demonstrated real-world usage of custom search commands at Zillow.

You can read Bernie’s indepth post on the Zillow blog: Splunk at Zillow

For additional guidance on custom search commands and …

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Caching Hadoop Data with Splunk and Hunk

Although Hadoop is good at processing a large amount of data, it is not the fastest platform. Below are a list of options that Splunk and Hunk can offer to speed up the retrieval of results and lower the processing overhead of Hadoop.

Each option has its own advantages:

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1) Hunk Report Acceleration

This option caches the results in HDFS and keeps it fresh and current.  By default, Hunk will check for new Hadoop data every 10 minutes.

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http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Hunk/latest/Hunk/Workwithreportacceleration

 

2) Hunk Scheduled Searches

This option caches the results on the Hunk node and is available on the Search head for double the frequency of the schedule.  For example, if you schedule the search to run every 4 hours, the results …

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Integrating Splunk with Docker, CoreOS, and JournalD

Hal here, your friendly Lorax and developer evangelist! I wanted to share with everyone a guest post from a Splunker whom I met and see regularly at the Metro Atlanta Splunk User Group, Robert Labrie. Robert is a DevOps Engineer at The Network Inc, a company which builds solutions that prevent, detect and remediate misconduct to help companies maintain ethical cultures.

This post is about how Robert approached building out a new architecture, and of course, how to index the data generated by all of the components. Without further ado, take it away, Robert!


 

The team at TNWDevLabs started a new effort to develop an internal SaaS product. It’s a greenfield project, and since everything is new, it let us …

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The Splunk Apptitude App Contest to give out $150,000 in prizes

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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.

WHAT?
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 …

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Splunk supporting the .NET Fringe conference

 

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Next week, we’re heading down to Portland to attend .NET Fringe. This is an event focused on a lot of cool stuff happening in the .NET Community around OSS. As an active member of the .NET OSS community, maintainer of several OSS projects and one of the organizers of the event, I am obviously really excited to see this happen. I am equally excited to see that Splunk has stepped up to the plate as a Platinum sponsor to help make this a reality. Events like this take a lot of funds to do them right and Splunk is there!

Having a strong .NET ecosystem around open source is valuable to us and Splunk cares greatly about where …

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Troubleshooting connectivity issues to Splunk’s API from the SDK

A common problem we see customers struggle with is how to diagnose connectivity issues with any of our SDKs. In this post, I’ll show you a few tried and true practices that can help you figure out what might be going wrong.

There are two main families of errors folks see. One has to do with general connectivity / connection info, and the other has to do with security config on the client.

General connectivity issues 

This means that you are unable to succesfully connect to the API. The best way I find to diagnose is to drop to a terminal and use curl to login to the Splunk API and see the results. The command to use is:

curl 
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The Splunk SDK for JavaScript gets support for Node.js v0.12 and io.js!

We’ve just released an update the Splunk SDK for JavaScript, v1.7, with some great new features! Most importantly support for Node.js v0.12.x and io.js.

You can get it on npm or GitHub, and docs are available at dev.splunk.com

New features and APIs

  • Added Service.getJob() method for getting a Job by its sid.
  • Added Service.ConfigurationFile.getDefaultStanza() method for getting the [default] stanza of a conf file.
  • Can now stream JavaScript objects with modular inputs by passing an object as the data parameter to the Event constructor; that object will then be passed to JSON.stringify().
    • Updated the GitHub commits example to show this functionality.

New Examples

  • The node/helloworld/get_job.js example shows how to get a Job by its sid.
  • The node/helloworld/endpoint_instantiation.js example
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