Smart AnSwerS #7

Hello Splunk community and welcome to the 7th installment of Smart AnSwerS!

This past Monday, Martin Luther King Jr Day, was a holiday for the Splunk offices in the US, but I decided to come in anyway to get some work done since Splunk Answers never seems to take a day off :P All the lights were off and alas, neither I nor the security guard knew how to turn the lights on. I worked in the dark for a good 2 hours, but just when I was about to give up and save my eyesight, another splunker came by, showed me the light (switches) and saved the day! *confetti drop* Check out this week’s featured Answers posts:

Does Splunk remember

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Smart AnSwerS #6

Hello Splunkarinos and welcome to the 6th installment of Smart AnSwerS!

We just had our company Break Your New Year’s Resolution party this past weekend to start the New Year…ironically :P Good eats, good drinks, good music and fun people? That sounds about right to me! We’re back to business (and fun) as usual here at Splunk HQ as I’m sure you all are too – Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

How to change the width of two dashboard panels in the first row from 50% 50% to 75% 25% in Simple XML for Splunk 6.2?

kkuderko was having an issue changing the size of panels on their dashboard, as do many users, which is why customizing Splunk …

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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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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 #2

Hey there Splunk community!  Welcome to the 2nd installment of Smart AnSwerS!

We’re in the last month of the year and entering prime holiday season, but big data waits for no one ;D — Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

Is there a guide or map to understand Splunk’s internal indexes and their log content?

This topic is a great read and points you in the right direction to a better understanding of what Splunk logs about itself. ChrisG references a helpful page from the Splunk Troubleshooting Manual that contains a list of the various internal logs and a description of each one. However, the poster of the question (feickertmd) needed to dig a bit deeper into …

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Smart AnSwerS

Hello, and welcome to the debut of Smart AnSwerS, a weekly blog series featuring posts from Splunk Answers on trending issues, interesting use cases, and more!

For the last couple of months, I’ve been reviewing incoming content on Answers and selecting high-value postings to summarize and email weekly to my compadres on the mighty Splunk Support team. Pretty quickly, we realized that this information wasn’t just useful to Support–it is useful to everyone who uses Splunk–so here we are. This first installment is a bit of a best-of from the previous emails, but look for a new blog post each week chock full of specially-curated Answers for you to expand your brainmeats with.

Answers? What’s that?

If you aren’t familiar with Splunk

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Introducing the new Splunk App for AWS

Today we’re excited to announce the release of a fully re-written and much expanded Splunk App for AWS. Get it here and gain immediate operational assurance and visibility for your AWS-hosted infrastructure.

What’s new with the app?

  •  Works with Splunk Add-on for Amazon Web Services
  • New dashboards and visualizations for AWS Cloudtrail
  • New alerts for AWS CloudTrail
  • New dashboards and visualizations for AWS Config
  • Billing Reports provided by Splunk Add-on for Amazon Web Services

AWS CloudTrail
AWS CloudTrail records user API activity and related events for your AWS account. Using the <Splunk Add-on for Amazon Web Services> you can retrieve details about the actions made by the caller, including the caller’s identity, the time of the call, the request …

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Congratulations, Splunk Revolution Award Winners!

Every year at .conf, Splunk’s annual worldwide users’ conference, we shine a big spotlight on the Revolution Awards. These awards, and their associated categories, distinguish the achievements of individual customers and recognize the many adventurous and cool things they are doing with Splunk software at their organization.

We announced this year’s Revolution Award winners during the Partner Soiree at .conf2014 at a ceremony that was followed by a fun game of Splunk Family Feud where the winners split up into two “families” and were subsequently joined by Splunkers. Winners were again recognized during our keynote sessions opened by Splunk Chairman and CEO Godfrey Sullivan. We also celebrated with award winners at a customer appreciation dinner later in the week at …

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Now Time For the Splunk Weather Forecast

Raspberry Pi, Air Pi, and Splunk

If you were at .conf last week you would have likely seen some of the exciting Internet of Things projects people are using Splunk for. I think Ed Hunsinger put it best:

So far I’ve heard about @splunk being used for planes (Royal Flying Doctor), trains (New York Air Brake), and automobiles (VW). #splunkconf

@edhunsinger

Watching .conf 2014 from a far in the UK, I got excited about some of my own IOT projects. Then I remembered Brian Gillmore’s call for cool projects using Splunk with the RaspberryPi. At the same moment, by pure chance, I got an email telling me AirPi circuit boards (a RaspberryPi connected weather station) were back in-stock.

And it was settled. I would build a RaspberryPi …

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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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