Splunk has released an excellent blog post covering the best practices for deploying Splunk securely: If you are unsure if you have deployed your Splunk in a secure manner, review these tips and the referenced documentation from Splunk to harden your deployment against internal threats.
Posted on December 18, by T. When the MQ instance is ephemeral, deploying instances on demand and decommissioning just as suddenly, lots of things the MQ Admin used to do by hand need to be automated.
This includes build-time things such as defining objects, run-time tasks like enabling or disabling queues in the cluster, and forensic capabilities such as archiving error logs. It is this last item that concerned a recent customer. Their main requirement was to ingest MQ error logs in real time, or at least close Splunk write up 1 it, so those logs would survive death of the virtual host on which they were generated.
Getting Splunk to ingest the logs was ridiculously easy. Just define the log files as a Splunk data input and immediately they become available through the Splunk search interface. To get the benefit of Splunk analytics requires the error logs to be parsed into fields.
Then instead of merely searching for error codes you already know about, you can ask Splunk to show you a report of all the error codes sorted by prevalence, by frequency over time, or even which ones are the rare outliers.
All the analytic capabilities are usable once the fields are parsed.
Better yet, parse logs from many queue managers and now you can spot trends or pick out nodes that are showing early signs of distress. The first of these is reporting an error.
The second one reports a normal channel startup. BIRCH' to host 'localhost ' ended abnormally. The host name is 'localhost '; in some cases the host name cannot be determined and so is shown as '????
Look at previous error messages for the channel program in the error logs to determine the cause of the failure.
Note that this message can be excluded completely or suppressed by tuning the "ExcludeMessage" or "SuppressMessage" attributes under the "QMErrorLog" stanza in qm. Further information can be found in the System Administration Guide. After that it gets a bit more challenging.
At the top are some fields in the format Key Value. These are followed by the error code and text fields. These are represented as bare values so we will need to provide the key names.
After that come the explanation and action fields, and these are delimited by a colon and a newline and contain variable text which may extend over one or more lines. Notice also that the eyecatcher between entries, the line with all the dash characters, has optional fields that contain the name of the C source file and line number within that.
These are not always present but when they are there they are worth capturing. That means the queue manager name must be an optional field, similar to the C source and line number fields.
Here is an example of a global error log entry that lacks the QMgr field: Insufficient permission to update installation configuration. Issue the command from a user with sufficient authority to update the installation configuration.
Since this is a multi-line log format, Splunk needs to know how to tell when one entry ends and a new one begins. This includes the delimiters between pairs, as well as the delimiter that joins the key to the value in the pair.
Which fields, if any, are optional. All of these things must be expressed in regex terms. Although Splunk allows for the definition of regex primitives that are combined to make more complex constructs, I chose to build one big regex.
I suspect this is one area where a more experienced Splunk admin would take a different approach. But we do need to tell it how to find the first field after the timestamp and how to find the end of the entry.
This regex identifies the beginning of the record:Splunk makes software for searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated big data using a web interface. The product captures, indexes, and correlates real-time data in a searchable repository that it uses to generate graphs, reports, alerts, and dashboards.
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Write a report The following sections explain each of these steps in detail. a server for Splunk keep in mind that it needs enough hard disk capacity to store 14 x MB x compression = around 1 GB.
By default Splunk stores its data where you install it so the easiest way to have Splunk store data on a partition different than C: is to.
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High Performance syslogging for Splunk using syslog-ng – Part 1 The UF/Indexer pairs are designed to work with each other from the ground up. There are a lot of advantages to using Splunk Universal Forwarder (aka Splunk Agent) to push events into Splunk indexers.
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