Smart AnSwerS #78

Hey there community and welcome to the 78th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Things have been ramping up around Splunk HQ with conf2016 just around the corner! The Splunk education team is starting off strong with Splunk University beginning tomorrow and running through Monday, while the rest of the conference staff are working hard to make the final touches to ensure a smooth and awesome experience for all attendees. I’m looking forward to running into familiar faces and coming across new ones! I’ll be hanging out at the Splunk Answers booth at least half of the time during the conference, so if you happen to be exploring the source=*Pavillion, feel free to stop by to say hello. :) Safe travels …

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Smart AnSwerS #77

Hey there community and welcome to the 77th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Applications for the 2016 – 2017 SplunkTrust cohort were submitted a month ago, and the current membership reviewed and ranked all of them individually within the past several weeks. The rankings have been gathered to finalize who will be a SplunkTrustee and inducted at .conf2016. The Splunk community has greatly benefited from the contributions of all the applicants through various means, and we can’t thank them enough for sharing their Splunk clue with other users to learn and grow. Best of luck to everyone!

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

Ever wonder which dashboards are being used and what users are using them?

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Smart AnSwerS #76

Hey there community and welcome to the 76th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

SplunkTrust member rich7177 graced us with his presence at HQ earlier this week, and was awarded an awesome trophy from the Splunk documentation team for always providing constructive feedback. Not only has he been helpful with improving the docs, but he’s an all-star on Answers too! Five of his many contributions have been featured in this Smart AnSwers blog series to date, with more to come I’m sure :) Congratulations Rich!

It’s a shame he couldn’t stick around until next week to join us for our monthly San Francisco Bay Area user group meeting next Wednesday, September 7th @ 6:30PM. If you happen to be in the area, …

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Splunk documentation feedback: how it works and what makes a champion

On Monday this week, we at Splunk HQ had the pleasure of hosting Rich Mahlerwein, founding SplunkTrust member, cape-and-fez wearer, and Senior Systems Engineer at the Forest County Potawatomi IT Department. During his visit, I asked Rich to come and meet the documentation team.

Rich is legendary among the Splunk doc writers for the quality of the feedback he offers, and how often he sends it. So they were eager to meet him in person.

Here on the Splunk documentation team, our writers work hard to make sure our content is relevant, accurate, and matches the way our customers use Splunk software in the real world. An essential aspect of that is customer feedback. The Splunk doc team enjoys …

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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!

Keep getting that Karma, and we’ll see you at …

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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.

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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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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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