Smart AnSwerS #75

Hey there community and welcome to the 75th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

The “Where Will Your Karma Take You” contest officially ended this past Monday, and the winners were announced in a Splunk blog post by piebob earlier this week. BIG congratulations to sundareshr, skoelpin, and jkat54 for accruing the most karma points during the competition period, earning them each a free pass to .conf2016! If any of these guys have helped you solve your issues on Splunk Answers, be sure to thank them for being such awesome community contributors if you happen to cross paths. :)

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

How to encode a URL for a Hipchat notification alert action

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Winners of the 2016 Splunk Answers .conf Karma contest announced!

Those of you who have been around a while know that we have a Karma contest on Splunk Answers every summer.  This year, the contest took place from July 15th to August 15th, with the top 3* scorers getting free passes to .conf 2016 in Orlando!

Congrats to this year’s Answers Karma contest superstars:

These folks pushed hard to get as much Karma as possible in a single month, and their efforts helped a lot of people build their Splunk clue. Thank you, and CONGRATULATIONS!!! Might we suggest you apply for membership in the SplunkTrust? Applications close this Saturday!

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Smart AnSwerS #74

Hey there community and welcome to the 74th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

A Splunk Paper Aircraft Association was started up at HQ a couple weeks ago where each participant creates and launches their own paper aircraft every Friday afternoon. Weekly awards are given for longest distance traveled and duration in flight. There’s also a Splunker’s Choice Award for the most unusual, interesting, creative, or fun design. Last Friday, Director of Documentation ChrisG won top prize for his aircraft, winning in both categories of distance and duration. Congrats to the all-star!

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

Large lookup caused the bundle replication to fail. What are my options?

Support engineer rbal shared this Q&A with the …

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My Summer at Splunk

Over the course of one summer, I became a Splunk Product Owner.

Goals: My main goal this summer was to answer the question, “What does a product manager do?” If you asked me this question now, I would laugh and say, “A better question is what does a product manager not do?” I was lucky enough to have the guidance and mentorship of the Data Solutions Group, (specifically Jack Coates, Elias Haddad, and Marian Reynova) who gave me an enormous amount of responsibility and answered my endless questions as I navigated through the product management cycle.


Background: As a quick background, the Data Solutions Group makes add-ons. Every new type of data needs an add-on to normalize the input …

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Smart AnSwerS #73

Hey there community and welcome to the 73rd installment of Smart AnSwerS.

It has been almost a year since the very first members of the SplunkTrust Community MVP program were chosen by Rachel Perkins, Sr. Director of Community. SplunkTrustees have accomplished a lot of great work helping users through Splunk Answers, user groups, virtual .conf sessions, blogs, and giving talks at Splunk and industry events. It is now time for the next cohort for 2016-2017 to be selected by Rachel and the current members. Applications are now live as of last Friday, July 29th, and are due for submission by 12:01AM on Saturday, August 20th, 2016. Best of luck to …

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National Center for Women & Information Technology Presents on Workplace Bias at Splunk WiT Event

NCWITlogo_squareOn July 21 at Splunk HQ, Splunk WiT hosted Dr. Catherine Ashcraft, senior research scientist with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), who led an interactive presentation on “Unconscious Biases: Addressing Underrepresentation and Stealth Barriers to Innovation.”

Splunk’s executive team has prioritized attracting and retaining diverse talent, and we have joined the NCWIT Workforce Alliance to support these efforts. According to the NCWIT, women make up 57% of professional occupations in the U.S., but we hold only 25% of computing jobs. A concerning trend is that many women in technical jobs are leaving tech for other professions. The reasons for this shift likely include biases, subtle dynamics and micro-inequities that chip away at women’s sense of belonging …

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Smart AnSwerS #72

Hey there community and welcome to the 72nd installment of Smart AnSwerS.

The “Where Will Your Karma Take You” contest has been underway for two weeks now on Splunk Answers, and there is just a little over 2 weeks left to go! From July 15 to August 15, the top 3 users that earn the most karma points within this period will each earn a free pass to .conf2016. Best of luck to everyone and finish off strong!

Also, next Wednesday, August 3rd @ 6:30PM, the San Francisco Bay Area user group will be meeting at Splunk HQ. If you happen to be in the area, come join us! Visit the SFBA user group page to see what’s …

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Smart AnSwerS #71

Hey there community and welcome to the 71st installment of Smart AnSwerS.

There’s a lot of hustle and bustle going on as Splunkers, partners, and customers are preparing and reviewing presentations for .conf2016 just two months away. As we all wait in anticipation for the annual worldwide user conference, come join the community in a sneak peek of one of the sessions at next week’s July SplunkTrust Virtual .conf session. On Friday, July 29th @ 3:00PM Pacific time, SplunkTrustee Mason Morales will be giving a preview of his .conf2016 talk: Architecting Splunk for Epic Performance. Visit the meetup page to RSVP and access the WebEx link for the event.

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:…

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Smart AnSwerS #70

Hey there community and welcome to the 70th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Since expanding Splunk HQ with the addition of the new building next door, things have been eerily quiet as you walk through each floor since everyone has been spread out, leaving many Splunkers feeling distant and empty. People have been missing the energy and lively vibe when everyone was all together under one roof. It was finally decided that everyone in the old building would be consolidated into the new building. So in true Splunk fashion, we’ll be celebrating with a party tomorrow for one last hurrah in our 250 Brannan courtyard before the move to bid our farewell to the old building until it undergoes its new makeover!

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Smart AnSwerS #69

Hey there community and welcome to the 69th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Time has been flying by with Splunkers working incredibly hard and adapting to new changes in our office space. It’s hard to believe that we’re halfway through 2016 already, but that’s what happens when you’re constantly focused and pushing through the daily grind. Luckily, HQ and other Splunkers in the US are getting a nice 5 day Summer break starting tomorrow for the 4th of July weekend. This is our chance in the middle of the year to refresh and recharge before finishing off strong with the next couple quarters ahead. Cheers!

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

How to add upper and

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