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Welcome Page Creator for Splunk

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Overview
Details
Users often land in Splunk with no clue where to begin. Use this app and its pre-built panels to create an effective starting page for your users.

*** Important: Upgrade Instructions ***

There are changes to panel names in the newer version that may break an existing installation. Panel names in the newer version are all preceded with "welcome_". If an existing Welcome Page Creator App is being upgraded, please test in a non-production environment first.

*** Important: Release Version ***

Be aware that version 3.0.1 is the same as 3.0.0 but includes the "workspace" app template. See installation instructions in the Details tab for more information.

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READ THIS FIRST

The Welcome Page Creator for Splunk is not a traditional app. It is a collection of helpful pre-built panels that can be added to a dashboard to help users make the most of Splunk.

This app is simply a showcase of the pre-built panels. Please do not clone these.

Installation Instructions

Splunk Install
Install the Welcome Page Creator on any Search Head in your environment. The Welcome Page Creator should NOT be installed to any Forwarders and Indexers that are not also Search Heads.
Refer to the standard methods for Splunk Add-on installs as documented for a Single Server Install or a Distributed Environment Install.

Configuration Instructions

Please customize the "Internal Community" panel. Learn how to properly edit a prebuilt panel so changes are reflected across the deployment. The write permission on your app should be changed so that only admins can edit the app and its Knowledge Objects.

Usage Instructions

  1. Add pre-built panels to your existing dashboards.
  2. Explore panels using the app but edit your dashboards that exist elsewhere.

Workspace Template

Version 3.0.1 includes an app template called "workspace". This template accelerates the time to create a new app with a landing Welcome page.

A "workspace" is an app that a team or functional group uses to segregate their knowledge objects from other users on the platform.

A "welcome page" is a default dashboard within a Splunk users default app that contains welcoming information.

Workspace Installation Instructions

Workspace Template
The Welcome Page Creator contains a Workspace app template. To take advantage of it, copy the folder path below:
$SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/welcome/static/workspace
to
$SPLUNK_HOME/share/splunk/app_templates/workspace
(Restart not required!)

Workspace Usage Instructions

  1. Create Workspace from Template
    Select the 'workspace' template while creating a Splunk app.
  2. Customize Created Workspace
    Navigate to that new Workspace (app). Notice that you were automatically directed to a 'welcome' page. Edit that 'welcome' page as desired by adding from pre-built panels included with this app.

Upgrade

The prebuilt panels of 3.0.0 version and later use a "welcome_" preceding naming convention. Upgrading in place will result in duplicate pre-built panels, as the old and newer versions have different file names.
1. Uninstall app throughout your environment. References to prebuilt panels on existing dashboards will break during this time.
2. Install version 3.0.0 or newer of the app.
3. Edit references to the prebuilt panels adding "welcome_" to switch to the newer panels. Or in the GUI, delete old panels and add new ones.

Questions

Q&A Page for Apps & Add-Ons

Tags: intro getting started beginners wpc welcome blueprint blueprints

Release Notes

Version 3.0.1
Aug. 20, 2021
  • Added the "workspace" template
  • Updated content of pre-built panels for newer versions of Splunk
  • Added the app to the app dropdown menu for easy access
  • Removed edit option on dashboards to discourage improper use
  • Added a dropdown in the navigation bar for different categories of panels
  • Categorized panels into separate dashboard
  • Improved overall UI to increase visibility
Version 3.0.0
Aug. 20, 2021
  • Updated content of pre-built panels for newer versions of Splunk
  • Added the app to the app dropdown menu for easy access
  • Removed edit option on dashboards to discourage improper use
  • Added a dropdown in the navigation bar for different categories of panels
  • Categorized panels into separate dashboard
  • Improved overall UI to increase visibility
  • Added the "workspace" template (available in Version 3.0.1)
Version 2.7
Jan. 2, 2018
  • Removed UI to discourage improper use.
  • Tweaked showcase description
  • Announcements not needed since UI messages are better
  • Switched to making the app visible, but not showing in the nav
  • Moved installation details to app details page.
  • Removed conf archives
Version 2.6
Aug. 25, 2017
  • Bug fix on workspace link
  • Corrected for appinspect
  • Cleaned meta
  • Changed image sizes for appinspect
  • New panel: Your Data Access by Role" - credit to Larry Collicott @lycollicott
  • Tweaked instructions since restart not required
Version 2.5
March 9, 2017
  • Prebuilt panels 'Most Popular Dashboard' and 'Leaderboard' now use 6.5 global tokens to dynamically filter results to appropriate workspace
  • App template now included. See in-app instructions to take advantage of it
  • Simplified instructions page correlating with use of the 'workspace' app template now included
Version 2.4.1
Nov. 7, 2016
  • Created Leaderboard Panel (thanks John Nguyen!)
  • Improved performance of Popular Dashboards by limiting search to last 30 days rather than all time (thanks John Nguyen!)
  • New icons (thanks Hutch Hutchinson!)
  • Cleaned instructions page (thanks Hutch Hutchinson!)
  • Validation with Splunk Add-on Builder https://splunkbase.splunk.com/app/2962/
  • Updated references for conf2016 to be generic
Version 2.3.1
Sept. 20, 2016

[Bug fixes of images from 2.3.0]

New panels:
* Conf Archives (Contributed by Lily Lee!)
* 6.5 Compatibility
* Consolidated/Cleaned instructions page
* Prettier Panel Showcase
* Removed test index and requests framework to be implemented in separate apps
* References to associated blog post
* Strengthened Example New User and Admin pages including instructions panel with direct link for cloning.
* Added reference to the requests framework app in the Interested in More? content
* Refocused navigation bar to better align with intention of this app (no requests functionality etc.)
* Cleaned up vestigial static files no longer referenced
* Removed html panels that duplicate docs content

Version 2.2
Aug. 18, 2016

Renamed app to better represent its usage as a creation tool.
Creation of Panel Showcase to expose different panels available in the app.
Clean up of 3rd party visualizations.
New Dashboards: Announcements, Most Popular Dashboards
Removed stale links and documentation hard coding.

Version 2.1
June 14, 2016
  • Request system for new user and new datasources added
  • Default page reworked to make it more clear that this app is a tool for your other apps.
  • Navigation reworked to put more focus on the prebuilt panels
  • Test index added
  • New panel for developers
Version 2.0.1
March 10, 2016

=== Credits ===
This is a complete rewrite building off code from Kevin Meeks. Written in collaboration with Erick Mechler.

=== Complete Rewrite ===

New features:
* Starting page to explain what the point of the app is.
* Data Exploration table. Instead of looking at sources/sourcetypes/indexes/hosts individually, created a panel for exploration what sources exist on what hosts and vice-versa. Intention is to allow those new to Splunk to find their data.
* Waiting on your Admin panel
* Panel for Splunk Education
* New links to videos
* New menu system
* References to cheat sheets and quick reference cards
* Some in-app panels and content to educate new users about splunkiness

Bug Fixes:
* Typos fixed
* Wall-o-Shame panel now only showing items longer than 5min. Edit the minute_threshold field in the search to change this
* Eliminated hard coded versions in some external docs links

Version 2.0
March 10, 2016

=== Credits ===
This is a complete rewrite building off code from Kevin Meeks. Written in collaboration with Erick Mechler.

=== Complete Rewrite ===

New features:
* Starting page to explain what the point of the app is.
* Data Exploration table. Instead of looking at sources/sourcetypes/indexes/hosts individually, created a panel for exploration what sources exist on what hosts and vice-versa. Intention is to allow those new to Splunk to find their data.
* Waiting on your Admin panel
* Panel for Splunk Education
* New links to videos
* New menu system
* References to cheat sheets and quick reference cards
* Some in-app panels and content to educate new users about splunkiness

Bug Fixes:
* Typos fixed
* Wall-o-Shame panel now only showing items longer than 5min. Edit the minute_threshold field in the search to change this

Version 1.1
Jan. 7, 2016

New Panels:
* Waiting on your Splunk Admins? - resources for users to gelp help without being dependent on admins
* Candidates for Promotion to Power User - Most active users that are not already in power user roles.
- Admins should embrace and educate these users so they can teach the gospel of Splunk to their team members. This results in less work for Admins thanks to more people with expertise.
- There are two versions of this dashboard. The tagcloud that is inline on the launchpad because it uses custom javascript and css. There is also a prebuilt panel that produces the same information as a simple table.

Version 1.0
Dec. 17, 2015

Initial release.

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