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Schedule delivery of dashboard PDF printouts via email

Splunk enables you to have .pdf printouts of dashboards generated and sent as email attachments to project stakeholders on a regular schedule.

There are many situations that might warrant the scheduled delivery of dashboard views via email. For example, you could have an executive team that wants to receive an operations report in their inbox on a daily or weekly basis. To address this, you would first set up a dashboard view that presents high-level operations metrics in table and chart form. Then you would use this functionality to generate and distribute it on a regular schedule to the stakeholders via email, as a .pdf attachment.

To do this:

1. Go to the dashboard view that you want to share and click Schedule PDF delivery at the top right of the dashboard.

2. Define a schedule for the report in much the same way that you schedule a saved search, using standard cron notation or one of the predefined time intervals in the Reporting Frequency list.

3. Identify one or more email recipients.

4. Click Schedule.

On the schedule that you set up, Splunk will run the selected dashboard, generate a .pdf printout of it, and send that printout to the identified email recipients.

Important: Use of this feature requires the setup of the PDF Report Server app on a central Linux host. If you don't have this set up, contact a system administrator. For more information see "Configure PDF printing for Splunk Web" in the Installation manual.

For more information about dashboards in Splunk apps, start with "Use report-rich dashboards and views" in this manual. From there you can get to topics that show you how to create simple dashboards with the visual dashboard editor and design more complex ones using XML.

Note: You can also send .pdf printouts of scheduled searches and reports as email attachments. For more information on setting this up, see "Create an alert" in this manual.

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