Smart AnSwerS #61

Hey there community and welcome to the 61st installment of Smart AnSwerS.

I just had the pleasure of joining over 60 Splunk users for the April SplunkTrust Virtual .conf session on Best Practices for Splunk SSL by dwaddle and starcher. You can find the recording and slides for this and previous presentations on the Virtual .conf wiki page in case you missed out. For those of you in the San Francisco Bay Area that want to continue getting your Splunk clue on, come out to the SFBA Splunk User Group meeting at Splunk HQ next Wednesday, May 4th @ 6:30PM PDT. Becky Burwell from Yahoo!/Flickr will give a talk on batch search parallelization, and Sasha Velednitsky

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Smart AnSwerS #60

Hey there community and welcome to the 60th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Hot off the press! The next SplunkTrust Virtual .conf Session has been scheduled for next Thursday, April 28th, 2016 @ 9:00AM PST. Duane Waddle and George Starcher will be giving their popular talk “Avoid the SSLippery Slope of Default SSL”, which has been used and referenced far and wide among the Splunk community in the past couple years. See what the hype is all about by visiting the Meetup page to RSVP and find the WebEx link to join us next week!

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

How to put an expiration date on a set of saved searches or alerts

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Splunk Named One of the “Best Places to Work” for Ninth Consecutive Year

bptw-noms149x149-300At Splunk, our core values frame everything we do. We’re innovative, passionate, disruptive, open and – last but not least – fun. With values like those, it’s no wonder that the San Francisco Business Times has just named Splunk one of the “Best Places to Work” in the Bay Area for the ninth consecutive year. We’re proud to be recognized once again for our outstanding employee satisfaction. This year’s San Francisco Business Times results highlight Splunk employee satisfaction in a number of areas, including personal and professional development, workplace satisfaction and overall team effectiveness.

If Splunk sounds like the type of company you’d like to join, there are many current Bay Area opportunities in Splunk’s engineering, field technical services, finance, …

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Smart AnSwerS #59

Hey there community and welcome to the 59th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

There’s a tradition at Splunk where “something” happens to or around your desk if you take PTO for at least 2-3 weeks. When piebob left for the UK late last year, she returned to Splunk HQ with a completely homemade replica of the cruise ship she took on her trip abroad which spanned the entire length of her desk. This week, support engineer DerekB just came back from paternity leave to find a hybrid Audi baby stroller made entirely out of cardboard with fully functional wheels. To top it off, it’s parked right behind me and Derek’s (pouty) face was printed out and tacked on to a …

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Smart AnSwerS #58

Hey there community and welcome to the 58th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

It’s officially baseball season and today is opening day for the San Francisco Giants. With Splunk HQ just two blocks away from the ballpark, traffic and parking mayhem has commenced! Our next SF Bay Area Splunk User Group meeting also falls on a game day, but luckily one of our awesome members Becky Burwell offered to host the meeting at her office away from the madness :) If you happen to be in the area, come join us at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 at Yahoo! HQ in Sunnyvale, CA. Visit the SFBA Splunk User Group page to view the agenda and …

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Smart AnSwerS #57

Hey there community and welcome to the 57th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Feels good to be back in action after a 3 week break, minus coming down with the flu, but that hasn’t completely stopped me from shifting my brain back into Splunk mode. Even though I’ve had to spend recovery time working from home, I was still able to join in on the SplunkTrust Virtual .conf March Session on “Grouping with stats: practical concerns and best practices” presented by Nick Mealy, aka sideview. You can visit the Meetup page to find the link to the recording in case you missed out and stay tuned for the next session.

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:


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Splunk & 21st Amendment Brew day 2016

Do-ocracy (do͞o äkrəsē): The spirit of taking ownership/command/possession/etc and making it happen. That’s how we operate at Splunk. To commemorate this methodology we teamed up with 21st Amendment to make a DPA, or “Do-Ocracy Pale Ale”.

On February 29th we walked over to 21st Amendment which is conveniently located around the corner from our headquarters (could that in itself be a reason we chose the location of our HQ? Very possibly). Before we started brewing, we thought to throw in a few sensors; since we recently Splunked BBQ using Tappecue we just re-purposed the sensors and modified the dashboard for the brew day.

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There are four primary stages of the brew day:

1. The Mash-In: We add water heated to a specific temperature to the

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It’s time for Splunkers to Brave the Shave

By Eric Scher



We all have a story.  It is personal and it should be. In my case, I have lost friends, an uncle and most recently my mom to cancer. We need action and it starts with the kids. Every three minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. That is 175,000 kids a year!  Kids are precious and we need to treat them as such. That’s where St Baldrick’s comes in. St. Baldricks is the largest private fundraiser for children’s cancer and funding from St. Baldricks has led to breakthrough techniques and medicines. We are making a difference and need to keep pushing.

Everyone at Splunk is passionate about something outside of work, and this is my …

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A Splunktern’s Life in Partner Marketing

If there is one thing that is certain at Splunk, it’s that the company is growing…and fast! This includes the Partner Marketing team. Last month, we added a Partner Marketing Intern to help our growing team with all aspects of marketing while also keeping us in touch with our youth and gain an understanding of the next generation of our customers and partners.

Abbie Maislin, 18, is working on the Global Partner Marketing team out of her home in St. Louis, Missouri and will be a Splunker through July. Our goal for Abbie is give her as much real-world marketing experience as possible while exposing her to latest technologies, programs and processes that help our Partner Marketing operate and support

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Smart AnSwerS #56

Hey there community and welcome to the 56th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

We just hosted the March SF Bay Area User Group meeting last night at Splunk HQ and had a great conversation about various real and hypothetical security scenarios in spirit of RSA. It was awesome to hear a mix of experiences and lessons from Splunkers, partners, and customers. If you want to learn about all the juicy details from the meeting, visit the #sfba channel in our Splunk User Group Slack Chat where smoir (thank you!) “liveslacked” all the key topics discussed. It will only be available to view for a limited time, so act fast! Otherwise, feel free to hang out in that channel during …

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