Audience and features
Audience and features
If you are a Solutions Administrator or a Splunk technical user, then this document is for you. We assume that you have Splunk running in your environment and that you are familiar with the core concepts of Splunk. We also assume that you are happy navigating through configuration files and getting your hands dirty making configuration file changes.
Download and install Splunk for WebSphere Application Server (WAS). Configure the App to work with Splunk so that you can collect data from your environment, index it in Splunk, and map it to the dashboards using the Splunk App for WAS.
As a user you:
- Know your environment and you know your data.
- Can download and install Splunk for WAS.
- Will get value from the dashboards.
- Are comfortable working from the command line and working with configuring and managing the components of your environment.
Splunk for WAS provides:
- A window to the performance, log, and configuration data in your WebSphere environment.
- A way to automatically create the configuration files that you need to configure your App to work with Splunk. You can automatically create your
inputs.conffile using the Java based command line tool, CreateInputs.jar.
- A way to splunk logs stored within your default WebSphere directory structure and logs that reside in other locations in your environment. All logs can be splunked and that data you collect can be displayed in the log dashboards.
- Pre-built dashboards showing events associated with your WebSphere Application Server environment.
- Performance views that enable you to look at the performance metrics for your environment.
- Inventory views that enable you to see and monitor inventory data in your WebSphere environment.
- Operations dashboards where you can see the health of your WebSphere Application Server environment at the component level.
Note: You no longer have to install universal forwarders in the environment you are splunking, unless you want to access the Python libraries that are shipped with the light forwarder. The new installation tool does not require Python for it to work.
What you should know before using the solution
You must configure Splunk for WAS to work in your environment. You should be comfortable making changes to configuration files on the command line. You should have some previous knowledge of how indexes, sources, source types, and field extractions work. You should also be familiar with using the Splunk search language.
If you are not familiar with using Splunk and Splunk's Search technology then, we recommend that you start with the Splunk Tutorial in the Splunk User Manual.