Get started with getting data in
Once you have installed Splunk Enterprise and either configured the inputs or enabled an app, Splunk Enterprise immediately starts storing and processing the specified data. In a short time, you can go to either the Search app (reachable from Splunk Home, the starting page for Splunk Web) or the main app page and begin exploring the data that you have collected in detail.
Add new inputs
Here is a recommended way to start out:
1. Understand your needs. Some of the questions you might ask yourself include:
- What kind of data do I want Splunk Enterprise to index? See "What Splunk Enterprise can index."
- Is there an app for that? See "Use apps to get data in" to find out.
- Where does the data reside? Is it local or remote? See "Where is my data?."
- Should I use forwarders to access remote data? See "Use forwarders to get data in."
- What do I want to do with the indexed data? See ""What is Splunk knowledge?" in the Knowledge Manager manual.
2. Create a test index and add just a few inputs. See "Use a test index." Try to keep the amount of test data to a minimum, as any data added to your test index counts against your maximum daily indexing volume for licensing purposes.
3. Preview and, if needed, modify how Splunk Enteprise indexes your data before committing the data to the test index. Splunk Enterprise lets you preview incoming data from files that you monitor or upload. See "The "Set Sourcetype" page" for details.
4. Run some searches on the test data:
- Do you see the sort of data you were expecting?
- Did the default configurations work well for your events?
- Is data missing or mangled?
- Are the results optimal?
5. If necessary, tweak your input and event processing configurations further until events look the way you want them to. To learn how to configure event processing, see "What Splunk Enterprise does with your data" in this manual.
6. Delete the data from your test index and start over, if necessary. See "Delete indexed data and start over" for information on how to do that.
7. When you are ready to index the data for real, point your inputs to the default "main" index, as described here.
Repeat this approach when you have other inputs to add.
Got custom data?
Splunk Enterprise can index any time-series data, usually without the need for additional configuration. If you have logs from a custom application or device, you should let Splunk Enterprise attempt to process it with the default configuration first. If you don't get the results you want, you can tweak some things to make sure Splunk Enterprise indexes your events correctly.
See "Overview of event processing" and "How Splunk Enterprise indexes data" before proceeding so you can make informed decisions about how to make Splunk Enterprise work with your data. Here are some issues to consider:
What Splunk Enterprise can index
Is my data local or remote?
This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 6.2.0, 6.2.1, 6.2.2, 6.2.3, 6.2.4, 6.2.5, 6.2.6, 6.2.7, 6.2.8, 6.2.9, 6.2.10, 6.2.11, 6.2.12, 6.2.13, 6.2.14, 6.2.15