routr : App that Shares Splunk Alerts on Social Media

What is routr ?

routr is a simple if-this-then-that workflow app to share Splunk alerts on your Twitter or Tumblr. It is easy to install, configure and run. This app is bundled together with a sample Splunk saved search that searches on failed login events to post a tweet on Twitter or an article on Tumblr whenever the alert is triggered from your Splunk instance. The search is triggered every 1 minute and looks for matching events in the relative past 1 minute.

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Requirements to run this app ?

  1. Splunk installed
  2. Twitter and/or Tumblr account

How To Obtain Twitter OAuth And Access Tokens ?

  1. Sign up at Twitter if you are new to Twitter.
  2. Go to https://apps.twitter.com/
  3. Click at “Create New App”
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Splunk Command> Cluster

Being a Splunk sales engineer is incredible.  I get to talk to customers about their use cases, ‘Splunk’ their data, and together discover the insight Splunk provides them.  Initial demos typically start with the search bar, looking for keywords in their data.  Usually doesn’t take long before the “Ah Hah!” moment comes – either by using Splunk’s intuitive GUI to interact with extracted fields of interest or employing a very small subset of the 130+ search commands with in the search bar to gain operation intelligence not readily seen before.  At a recent customer visit I employed the Splunk on Splunk (S.o.S.) App, explored some of the underlying searches and noticed the cluster command, which I never used before.  …

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Tracking calls and SMS with Splunk

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Telecommunication systems are vital to all of us around the world, though rarely do we look deeply into the vast amounts of valuable data being generated.

Comparing call length against sales success. Looking at call costs vs customer value. Or examining the most effective time to call prospects. Just a few examples that I’ve seen Splunk customers implement in tele-sales environments. The use-case for this telecommunication data reaches much further than just call centers though.

In this post we’ll examine data generated by Twilio, a service that allows you to bake voice and SMS capabilities into your apps.

But remember, Splunk is a machine data platform. If you’re not using Twilio,  this data could be taken from any other voice or SMS management tool.…

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What are Splunk Apps and Add-Ons ?

If you have ever uploaded a contribution to Splunk Apps you’ll see the following option : app_addon   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.

Add-ons

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 …

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Splunking Social Media: Tracking Tweets

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So you use Twitter and have heard Splunk can do “Big Data”. By tapping into Twitter’s API you can use Splunk to investigate the stream of tweets being generated across the globe.

The great thing about using Splunk to do this is that you have complete control of the data meaning it’s incredibly flexible as to what you can build. A few basic ideas I’ve had include tracking hashtags, following specific influencers, or tracking tweets by location in real-time.

What’s more, it takes a matter of minutes before you can start analysing the wealth of data being generated. This post will show you how.…

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Splunk Alerts: Using Gmail, Twitter, iOS, and Much More

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With no programming required!

One of the great features about Splunk is its built in alerting functionality. You can configure Splunk alerts to do just about anything, from sending an SMS to integrating them with another app, like ServiceNow for example.

Most Splunk users will probably want to configure alerts via email at some point. If you don’t have your own mail server you can use web based mail services like Gmail to do this. In this post we’ll explore how you can set this up and some neat ways in which you can extend upon native Splunk alerts.…

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Quantified Splunk: Tracking My Vital Signs

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Last year Splunker, Ed Hunsinger, wrote a great post titled, “Go Splunk Yourself“, in which he shows how he’s using Splunk to track data from devices including a Fitbit, a Nike Fuelband, a Basis Band, and a Garmin GPS watch to name just a few!

Like Ed, I use a number of tracking devices and I use Splunk to analyse the data they produce. Recently – as my friends and colleagues will tell you – I’ve taken this concept of self-tracking to the next level. This has included purchasing both a blood sugar and a blood pressure monitor.

After a few weeks collecting the data I’ve uncovered some interesting trends. If you’re interested what I’ve found or how you can …

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Splunking the World Cup 2014: Real Time Match Analysis

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As an Englishman I’ve been waiting months – with very high expectations – for the World Cup to come around. Reading fellow Splunker, Matt Davies’ blog post titled, “Splunking World Cup 2014. The winner will be…“, only heightened my excitement.

The tournament is now going into the second week and I’ve been starting to look at the teams, players, and tournament more closely. Which stadium holds the most people? Who’s the top scorer? Which referee hands out the most cards?

With these questions fresh in my mind I opened up Splunk and began to have a look at the huge amounts of information being streamed from the tournament. For this post I’m going to explore real-time match updates; including teams, …

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Deploy your own Splunk cluster on AWS in minutes!

Given Splunk Enterprise is a flexible operational intelligence platform, our users adopt it in various forms: from using it as a cloud service with Splunk Cloud, to deploying it on-premise in their own datacenter, or in their own cloud environment such as AWS.

Since Splunk is about turning machine data into valuable insights in as little time as possible, we always strive for that speed element in all aspects of our product usage:

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“80% of my time used to be spent on setting up Splunk, now I spend 80% of my time getting value out of Splunk”

Abdallah Mohammed,
Data Architect, Intuit CTO Dev

In that same spirit, we’re delighted to announce the release of Splunk AWS CloudFormation templates as …

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Call for Splunk C# SDK Advisory Board members

Summary

We are starting to set up advisory boards for our developer assets in order to engage more regularly with our developer communities. The first up is the C# SDK Advisory Board, since this is the one we are redesigning now. Our objective with the redesign is to leverage the latest .NET Framework advancements. We are looking for both subject matter experts and passionate novices, and we want people across a wide variety of industries.

What do we hope to gain from an advisory board?

The C# SDK advisory board is a representative body for the community of .NET developers interested in the Splunk platform – either leveraging it for their own use or partnering with us and extending the …

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