RDP to Windows Server from a Splunk Dashboard – Example Code

A while back, I wrote  blog post explaining how to RDP to a Windows Server from a Splunk Dashboard.  The steps involved the following:

  1. Create a Controller – this generates the .rdp file on the server and delivers it to the client.
  2. Create a custom endpoint in web.conf – this part enables url access to the controller created above.
  3. Add Javascript to the dashboard – this part renders the icon and passes the necessary parameters to the controller (via the custom endpoint).

All the nitty-gritty details were spelled out in the blog post.  However, if you learn better by example (like I do), then there is a new GitHub repo that has a working example for you.  In the …

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Integrating Active Directory into Splunk with SA-ldapsearch

On Tuesday, I introduced one of the first presentations at .conf2014 – a major update to the SA-ldapsearch app. This new app has now launched and you can download it at http://apps.splunk.com/app/1151/. The app consists of four specific commands: ldapsearch, ldapfetch, ldapfilter and ldapgroup.

Improvements include:

  • We dropped the requirement for Java on your search head
  • We added support for Search Head Pooling
  • We added a GUI configuration page and connection testing
  • We provided full UTF-8 support

The ldapsearch command is a generating command and is used in a similar way to other generating commands like inputlookup. You run it like this:

| ldapsearch domain=SPL search="(objectClass=user)" attrs="sAMAccountName,cn"

We have added some new features in this release. Firstly, the output …

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Getting value from your data just got really fast. Introducing Splunk Enterprise & Hunk 6.2

SW_SpeedOne of the reported challenges of data management and especially big data is the ease of getting value from the data quickly (less than 12 parsecs).

Traditionally, a lot of time has been spent collecting and preparing data. Eventually you get to ask the questions of the data, start to create the right analytics and get the insight you need from it. This can take a lot of time.

 

 

My colleague, Nima, came up with a great diagram to show this:
Prep1

Where we really need to get to, is the ability to get to the “asking” stage and to get the value from the data as quickly as possible:

Prep2

 

With that in mind, I’m delighted to announce …

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Splunk MINT—A fresh approach to mobile analytics

We’re at .conf2014 and it’s been a blast so far. We’ve had great attendance and lots of positive interactions! In our keynote this morning, we announced our first mobile intelligence offerings since our acquisition of BugSense last yearSplunk MINT. MINT, short for “mobile intelligence,” gives insight into what users are experiencing and doing with your mobile apps. Clint Sharp, our Senior Director of Product Management spared no dramatics in letting the audience know how important mobile intelligence is to Splunk and our 7,900 customers.

Panos Papadopoulos and I will walk through these products in our breakouts on Tuesday (2-3p.m.) and Thursday (2:15-3:15p.m.). You’ll also get to see Splunk MINT in action. The conference app is enabled …

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How to boost your apps performance with insights from virtualization and storage?

Are you getting the most out of your virtualized infrastructure investment? If your critical applications are suddenly running slow, how do you identify where exactly and how widespread is the issue causing the degradation. Is it the storage latency problem, overcommitted resources or something else? To find out answers to these questions and more join our “Getting Deeper Insights Into Your Virtualization and Storage with Splunk” session on Thursday, October 9th, 11:45 AM, suite 121-122.

Here is a sneak peek into our session. First, we will dive deeper into Splunk Apps for VMware and NetApp Data ONTAP and help you get better understanding of the value these extremely popular Splunk apps can bring to your enterprise. After that our amazing virtualization expert Mike Donnelly, …

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Look at all the pretty colors!

Well, it’s Sunday here in Las Vegas, and  .conf2014 is about to go down. I’m sitting in one of our Splunk University classes at the MGM, with many of our fine customers.

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 …

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 .conf14 for Communications Providers

For Communications providers, supporting Next Generation doesn’t mean Star Trek, but Data is still involved (I’m sorry! I couldn’t help myself.).  The world’s leading telecommunications providers use Splunk technology to provide operational visibility for their networks, insights into the customer experience, and maintaining service availability.

We’re honored to have so many communications providers here with us at .conf14, and we have several sessions that may be of interest, listed below.

Tuesday, October 7:

3:15 – 4:15 PM Room 120

Session: Managing Splunk at Comcast to Support the X1 DVR Product Launch

Speakers: Kate Lawrence-Gupta, Administrator; Joe Cramasta, Product Development Engineer

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Community Theater, Grand Ballroom

Session: How to Sell Your Ideas (and Splunk) Internally

Speaker: Nathan …

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.conf14 for Retail – let the omni-commerce data adventure begin!

.conf14 is right around the corner, and for those of you in Retail, there’s a lot to choose from. With attendees from the world’s best known retailers, .conf14 will have plenty of opportunities for you to network and share best practices. Some events/sessions that might interest you are listed below.

Tuesday, October 7:

12:15 – 12:45 PM Community Theater, Grand Ballroom

Retail Panel: Gaining Customer Insights from Machine Data

Panelists: Aleem Cummins (John Lewis), Russ Turner (Dominos), Matt van Deventer (TradeMe)

3:15 – 4:15 PM Room 118

Session: Understanding and Improving Customer Experience at the UK’s Leading Multi-channel Retailer, John Lewis

Speaker: Aleem Cummins, Release Manager and Splunk Lead

4:45 – 5:45 PM Room 118

Session: Transform E-commerce the …

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Live in Vegas – Splunk Operational Analytics for Networking and SDNs

Are you going to .conf2014: The Fifth Annual Splunk Worldwide Users’ Conference?

Do not miss our “Splunk Operational Analytics for Networking and SDNs” session on Wednesday, October 8th, 10:30 AM! There, you will learn how Splunk software can help you optimize networking resources for the most efficient application performance and gain end-to-end visibility into your traditional as well as software-defined networks. We will also highlight Splunk software integrations with key vendors in networking space including Cisco, Arista, Ixia, Emulex (Endace) and others. In the demo part of our session, we will showcase Cisco ACI for Splunk Enterprise app.

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You will learn how to utilize Splunk software for proactive monitoring of Cisco ACI  to dramatically reduce troubleshooting times, optimize applications delivery and …

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From big data to a 360 degree customer view with Hunk and Hortonworks

Age of the customerYou can’t really escape the fact that we’re in the age of the customer. From CRM to the “long tail” to multi-channel to social media brand sentiment to Net Promoter Scores – it is all about customer experience. Big Data has an important part to play – no great revelation there but how do you actually do it? There are an awful lot of questions that come up when it comes to Big Data and customer view;

What should my architecture be? How do I put together the right data strategy for the short and long term? How do I get the value from the data? How do I build customer analytics on top of my data? How do I …

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