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Navigating Splunk Web

Let's get acquainted with the Splunk user interface.

Splunk Web is the primary interface for searching, problem investigation, reporting on results, and administrating Splunk deployments.

About Splunk Home

Splunk Home is the initial page in Splunk Web. Splunk Home is an interactive portal to the data and applications that you can access from your Splunk instance. The main parts of the Splunk Home page are the Apps panel, the Explore Splunk panel, and the Splunk bar.

The following screen image shows the Splunk Home page for Splunk Enterprise. Splunk Cloud has a similar Home Page.

This image shows the Splunk Home page for Splunk Enterprise. The Apps panel extends the full length of the left side of the window. The Splunk bar is at the top of the window. The  Explore Splunk panel contains several large icons.


Apps panel

The Apps panel lists the applications that are installed on your Splunk instance. The list shows only the apps that you have permission to view.

When you first open Splunk Web, you see Search & Reporting in the Apps panel. The Search & Reporting app is sometimes referred to as simply the Search app. There might be other apps listed on the Apps panel if other applications are installed on your computer.

Explore Splunk panel

The Explore Splunk panel contains links to pages where you can get help.

Splunk Cloud
You can take a product tour or access the documentation that is used the most.
Splunk Enterprise
You can take a product tour, add data, browse for new apps, or access the documentation.

Splunk bar

The Splunk bar appears on every page in Splunk Web. You use this bar to switch between apps, configure your Splunk deployment, view system-level messages, and monitor the progress of search jobs.

  1. On the Splunk Home page, click Search & Reporting in the Apps Panel to open the Search app.
    When you are in an app, the Applications menu displays in the Splunk bar. You can use the Applications menu to switch between apps.

    Splunk Cloud
    The following image shows Splunk bar in Splunk Cloud.
    This image shows the Splunk bar in Splunk Cloud. From left to right, the first item on the Splunk bar is the Splunk logo. The second item is the Applications menu.
    Splunk Enterprise
    The following image shows the Splunk bar in Splunk Enterprise.
    This image shows the Splunk bar in Splunk Enterprise. From left to right, the first item on the Splunk bar is the Splunk logo. The second item is the Applications menu. To the right are several other menus, such as Account, Messages, Settings, and so forth.
    We will explore the Search app in detail. For now, let's return to Splunk Home.
  2. Click the Splunk logo on the Splunk bar.
    Regardless of where you are in an app, you can always click the Splunk logo to return to Splunk Home.

Other Splunk bar menus

In addition to the Applications menu, the Splunk bar has several other menus. Let's explore a few of them.

Account menu

Use the Account menu to edit your account settings, set your preferences, and to logout.

Splunk Cloud
The Account menu displays your name.
  1. Select Your_Name > User Settings.
    This image shows the Account menu in Splunk Cloud. The choices on the menu are "User settings" and "Profile".

  2. The Full name field should list your first name and surname.
    You can change the order of the names, or type a nickname. For this tutorial, we will not change the other settings.
  3. Click Save.
  4. Click the Splunk logo to return to Splunk Home.
Splunk Enterprise
The Account menu displays Administrator for now, but this menu is your Account menu. It shows Administrator initially, because that is the default user name for a new installation.
  1. Select Administrator > Account Settings.
    This image shows the Account menu in Splunk Enterprise. The choices on the menu are Account Settings, Preferences, and Logout.
  2. In the Full name field, type your first name and surname.
    For this tutorial, you will not change the other settings.
  3. Click Save.
  4. Click the Splunk logo to return to Splunk Home.

Messages menu

All system-level error messages are listed on the Messages menu. When you have a new message to review, a numerical notification appears next to the Messages menu. The notification indicates the number of messages that you have.

This image shows the Messages menu on the Splunk bar. In front of the Messages menu, is a blue circle with the number two ( 2 ) inside the box.

Assistance

The menu that you use to get help with the Splunk software depends on the Splunk platform that you are using.

Splunk Cloud
The Support & Services menu contains a set of links to Splunk Answers, the Documentation home page, and the Splunk Support and Services page. You can also search the online documentation.
Splunk Enterprise
The Help menu contains a set of links to the product release notes, tutorials, Splunk Answers, and the Splunk Support and Services page. You can also search the online documentation.

Other menus on the Splunk bar

You will explore the other menus on the Splunk bar later in this tutorial.

Next step

This completes Part 1 of the Search Tutorial.

You are now familiar with Splunk Web. Continue to Part 2: Uploading the tutorial data.

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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 7.1.0, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.4, 7.1.5, 7.1.6, 7.1.7, 7.2.0, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.3, 7.2.4, 7.2.5, 7.2.6


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Hello John
We are aware of this issue, which applies to all of the Splunk documentation when you download a PDF, and have logged a request to fix it.
In the meantime, it might be helpful to open the tutorial in a separate browser window or tab, so that you can toggle between the tutorial and the Splunk product.

Lstewart splunk, Splunker
January 3, 2019

Hi:
All pictures didn't show up in the downloaded PDF file.

Thanks
john Hsu

Johnhsu
January 2, 2019

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