Splunking Websphere MQ Queues and Topics

What is Websphere MQ

IBM Websphere MQ , formerly known as MQSeries , is IBM’s Message Oriented Middleware offering and has been the most widely implemented system for messaging across multiple platforms over the last couple of decades.

What is Message Oriented Middleware

From Wikipedia :

“Message-oriented middleware (MOM) is software or hardware infrastructure supporting sending and receiving messages between distributed systems. MOM allows application modules to be distributed over heterogeneous platforms and reduces the complexity of developing applications that span multiple operating systems and network protocols. The middleware creates a distributed communications layer that insulates the application developer from the details of the various operating system and network interfaces. APIs that extend across diverse platforms and networks are typically

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Splunking your WebSphere Application Server environment

Given that we’ve made significant changes since our 1.0 and 2.0 beta releases of the Splunk solution for WebSphere Application Servers, we hosted a webinar earlier this week to demo our latest release. Over 65 of you joined the call and made it an enjoyable experience for us, so thank you! I personally loved all the questions we got – keep them coming! For the benefit of those who couldn’t make it, here’s a quick summary.

The Splunk solution for WebSphere Application Server automates the collection of event logs, configuration and performance metrics from across your WAS deployment in a scalable manner. Various dashboard views can be used out-of-the-box or can be customized to your needs. Our live …

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Webinar: How Splunk can help with important WebSphere Application Server data

Are you having trouble finding an easy way to collect logs, configuration and performance metrics from your WebSphere Application Server (WAS) deployment? Do you fear instrumenting your code or application servers to collect deep-dive metrics in production environments?

Get an inside look at the upcoming release of the Splunk solution for WebSphere Application Server. Learn how to easily extend your Splunk deployment to WAS for real-time feeds, flexible search queries and out-of-the-box views, without any instrumentation.

Event Information: Exclusive Preview: Splunk for WebSphere Application Server
Date and Time:           Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:00 am
                                                Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)

Join us for a live demo. Register today!…

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Introducing Splunk for WebSphere Application Server 2.0(beta)

I’m very proud to announce that Splunk for WebSphere Application Servers (WAS) has been significantly enhanced, based on the feedback we’re received from you. As a successor to the 1.0 release, this 2.0 beta release includes enhancements that lets you easily deploy, scale, monitor and manage your Splunk deployment for WAS. While we’ve invested substantially in improvements to deployment and management, the enhancements are not limited to operational tasks – you will find improved reporting and dashboards providing views on some of the key statistics on both the current state  and historical trend, along with improved analytics of your WAS environment.

Getting into the details

In order to successfully deploy Splunk for WAS you will need to install 3 components:…

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Announcing a Splunk add-on for WebSphere Application Servers

It seems like just yesterday that I blogged about using Splunk for WebSphere environments! With typical Splunk speed, I am now pleased to announce that the beta version of the Splunk add-on for WebSphere is now on Splunkbase!

First things first – What’s an add-on?

An add-on is meant to simplify the process of getting data in to Splunk and add the right amount of contextual intelligence for IBM WebSphere application server environments(WAS). So now, you download Splunk + this add-on onto your WAS servers , enter some information about your WAS servers and point it to your Splunk server! Logs, configurations and JMX metrics from your WAS deployment will automatically start flowing into Splunk. (of course, if you …

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Splunk for WebSphere Application Servers

Many Splunk customers have very diverse Java application server environments – WebSphere, Weblogic, Glassfish, JBOSS, your favorite app server, all running side by side supporting tens and hundreds of corporate and customer facing applications. We find that Splunk is used very often in such environments, precisely because of its ability to work with ANYTHING. So when we get the question, does Splunk work with WebSphere or will Splunk work with my custom, unique, extremely critical application environment, we feel the need to emphasize again – Splunk works with ANY and ALL text based, machine generated data. (yes – even with multi-line datasets including stack traces and such)
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