TIPS & TRICKS

Splunk Dashboards outside of Splunk

I was recently given access to an open source tool called spdash. This tool allows you to externally visualize Splunk health from an Administrative standpoint. It consists of some cgi code and leverages a set of scripts (checksplunk) that grabs health information from one or more Splunk instances. Information such as basic process status, listings of event counts, user specific search counts, and error messages are all presented in an intuitive screen. Check out the main dashboard page:

spdash

After installing and running it internally on some of our systems, I have come away very impressed with what this can do for the System Administrator of a Splunk instance. One of the great features is the server link which allows you to get specific server information. Here is a screen capture of that screen:

spdash drill down

When I first saw this being developed, I thought that it might be challenging to deploy. After less than an hour, I had a handful of servers sending and updating data to this dashboard. Now it’s no cakewalk, but it’s pretty straighforward. If you are very familiar with Splunk, have scripting experience, and can manage cgi on a web server then you should have no trouble. Kudos to the author, Kirk Waingrow, for making this available to the general public! If you are a System Administrator and manage Splunk, I would highly recommend you check this out.

I will post a follow up that will contain details on my deployment…

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Simeon Yep

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