#tbt: 5 of My Favourite Splunk Projects

Splunk Aircraft Monitoring

Not being one to look back at the past I usually hate the throwback Thursday hashtag.

That said, when you take a moment to look back and see some of the things our awesome customers are doing with Splunk there are occasions where I’ll consider it acceptable – this being one.

And with this justification, here are 5 of my favourite Splunk projects.…

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Smart AnSwerS #5

Hey there Splunk community, welcome to the 5th installment of Smart AnSwerS and the first of 2015!

Just when I thought the first work week of the year was going to slowly ease me back in, Splunk Answers and, well, you all have been busier than ever and have gotten me to hit the ground running. What does that mean? Why, more material for me to work with for this blog series of course ;) – Check out this week’s featured posts:

Why is syslog right into Splunk so bad/wrong?

I already had this post lined up to be featured and coincidentally, this topic actually came up at last night’s SF Bay Area Splunk User Group Meeting in the discussion …

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A custom search command for Yelp

A while ago we posted on search commands and how to build a basic generating command which creates dummy “Hello World” events. Generating commands can be used for much more including talking to external APIs. For example, a fun command to think about would be allowing you to search for restaurants, theaters, etc using Yelp’s API. We’ve posted a sample Yelp search command that does just that. You can find it on github here.

Using the command you can do things like search for Sushi and Italian restaurants in SF:

| yelp location="San Franciso" term=sushi,italian

Or if you are an adventurer, you can find out where to make that next skydive when you visit New Zealand :-)

| yelp

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SMail: Splunking Your Inbox

Splunk GMail

Google sent me a nice message to start the year – “Your inbox is reaching its limit”.

Looking at my GMail inbox I have well over 70k emails, taking up just under 15GB of space. I’m interested in how this number is made up – who emails me the most, who I email, what time I’m most productive, etc.

I decided to download my GMail archive using Google Takeout to analyse the data. Here’s how I did it.…

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Smart AnSwerS #4

Hey there folks and welcome to the 4th installment of Smart AnSwerS!

Did any of you gain a pound or five over the holidays? I certainly did, but that’s ok! Good times and good eats with family and friends = me being insulated and cozy in bed as I peruse through posts to dig you all up some useful and interesting material – Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

How to create a search to predict license violations?

Ever wonder what your indexed volume might be at the end of the day based on trending indexed data per hour as the day progresses? Well, you came to the right place! JdeFalconr had the need for this exact use …

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Smart AnSwerS #3

Hello Splunketeers and welcome to the 3rd installment of Smart AnSwerS!

We’ve been in quite a drought here in California and we’ve all been waiting and hoping for some rain to come on by…aaaand we got it, flooding our HQ basement floor! Good thing that hasn’t dampened our spirits or stopped us from the daily grind ;) – Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

Why searching for a string with comparison operator “!=” returns the same source file name as “=”?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? jBoynton and I certainly have (no shame). This topic has come up several times and has left many to scratch their heads..and further scratching. The Search Processing Language struggle is …

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Splunk and Microsoft Azure – Intro and Resource Roundup

We are often asked by customers about how Splunk can integrate with, or run in Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. There’s actually a fair bit of information about this broad topic on splunk.com and elsewhere, but it can be a bit hard to find. This post will serve as an introduction to a few Azure terms, and a round-up of available resources. Subsequent posts will cover some of these concepts in more detail–just look for the posts tagged “Azure”! You might also want to check out the Microsoft tag for other resources related to Splunk and overall Microsoft ecosystem.

First, let’s be clear: this is a HUGE topic. Cloud platforms are very complex these days, and Azure is no exception. If you walk up to a Splunker and ask, “can Splunk run …

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Christmas 2020. Will big data and IOT change things for Father Christmas? Part II

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In part 1 we discussed how Father Christmas is planning to use sensor data for the Internet of Toys.

 

In part 2 we’re going to discuss how he is going to use very large data sets to build out his Christmas 2020 technology strategy.

 

 

 

 

 

Big Data & Analytics

There’s a lot of information that goes into making Christmas a success. This data includes:

  • Social media sentiment about good or naughty children
  • Christmas present lists from children (both digitized scanned letters and increasingly electronic present lists)
  • Data from toys and manufacturing equipment to spot patterns in quality control
  • 500 years of Christmas Eve delivery data to help optimize sleigh route planning
  • Reindeer biometric information to ensure optimum
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SSSL (Splunk Secure Sockets Layer)

Splunk SSL

The primary reason why SSL is used is to keep sensitive information sent across the internet encrypted so that only the intended recipient can understand it.

This is important because the information you send on the internet is passed from computer to computer to get to the destination server. Any computer in between you and the server can see your credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, Splunk searches and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted.

When an SSL certificate is used, the information should become unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to. This protects it from possible prying eyes.

It is often important to make sure the connection from Splunk Web to the …

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Christmas 2020. Will big data and IOT change things for Father Christmas? Part I

Data TreeAfter last year’s case study on Santa Claus International, I recently had the opportunity to spend some more time with Father Christmas discussing his long term plans and business strategy for the next 5-10 years called “2020 Vision – Noel Limits”. We covered how the “advent” (geddit?) of technology over the last couple of years has changed the way Father Christmas has to prepare and deliver “positive festive outcomes” throughout the year. We talked about everything from The Internet Of Toys, use of big data and Ho-ho-hodoop, the unfortunately named Christmas Retail Analytics Platform and Augmented Sleigh Service. In part 1 we’ll review Father Christmas’ plans for The Internet Of Toys and in part 2 (tomorrow) we will cover …

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