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Technology Inventory Add-on for Splunk

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Tired of keeping track of servers in your environment? Frustrated with the failures of manual spreadsheets? Annoying realizing that installed software is not patched or upgraded as you thought it was? What if you didn't have to mess with that anymore?! Since most of that data is already collected by Splunk, why not have Splunk tell your about assets in your environment and what's installed on them!

* Description *
Technology Inventory Add-on for Splunk provides a dynamically automated solution for keeping track of assets and the software installed on them. The goal is to replace the manual efforts (and related human errors) historically used for tracking such things. This might be spreadsheets, wikis, or simple CMDBs.
This Add-on contains new search time fields and prebuilt panels to demonstrate them.

* Important *
This app must be used along with several other apps. See the Details tab.

* Questions *
Select the "Ask a question" button (on the right) to post a question to me (tagged with this app).

Instructions

Install

Install the Technology Inventory Add-on for Splunk on any Search Heads in your environment. The Technology Inventory Add-on for Splunk should NOT be installed to any Forwarders, Indexers, or other non-Searching Splunk instances. Refer to the standard methods for Splunk Add-on installs as documented for a Single Server Install or a Distributed Environment Install.

The Technology Inventory Add-on for Splunk depends on data collected by the Splunk Add-on for Unix and Linux and Splunk Add-on for Microsoft Windows. Please refer to those add-on's respective documentation for instructions on their installations.

Part of the installation instructions for the Splunk Add-on for Unix and Linux and Splunk Add-on for Microsoft Windows will include steps for deployment to the Search Heads, even if they are not collecting data from the Search Heads to enable search-time (schema-on-the-fly) field availability.

The Technology Inventory Add-on for Splunk does NOT currently require or depend on the Splunk Common Information Model (CIM).

Upgrade

There is no upgrade path from the prior releases of this app.

Usage

The Technology Inventory Add-on for Splunk provides an information model (but NOT the Splunk Common Information Model (CIM)) for your inventory items. To take advantage of this, start with the prebuilt panels available with the Splunk Add-on for Technology Inventory or run a search of your own by accessing the data with `techinventory_indexes` tag=inventory in the base search.

The Common Information Model naming conventions for fields are as follows: tinv_(domain)_(attribute)(|_units). For example: tinv_cpu_speed_ghz, tinv_cpu_cores.

Informational: The package sourcetype produced by the Splunk Add-on for Unix and Linux generates a single massive event for an entire host's software. The Technology Inventory Add-on for Splunk builds on this and provides a search time split thereby making each line of that massive event an individual item showing software installed appearing. This is done by introducing KV_MODE = multi into the package sourcetype. No action is required by you. This has no impact to your licensing since it's a search time adjustment.

Configuration

The Technology Inventory Add-on for Splunk uses many data inputs from the apps and TAs that your environment has enabled already. If you find any such input is not already being collected, then we recommend enabling the input with: interval = 86400. That will enable once-a-day data collection. Of course, you may change that interval to suite your requirements.

The following tables show the input.conf stanza names that will populate each Technology Inventory Add-on for Splunk Data Point to help you decide which input stanzas to enable (disabled = false) for the data points you would like inventory details on. The first table is the complete list (to save you some copy/pasting). The second table is the items broken out by data relevance.

Complete List

Technology Inventory Description Technology Inventory Fields Tag Splunk Add-on for Unix and Linux Splunk Add-on for Microsoft Windows
Complete List tinv_* inventory [script://./bin/df.sh] [script://./bin/hardware.sh] [script://./bin/interfaces.sh] [script://./bin/package.sh] [script://./bin/version.sh] [script://.\bin\win_installed_apps.bat] [WinHostMon://Disk] [WinHostMon://NetworkAdapter] [WinHostMon://OperatingSystem] [WinHostMon://Processor] [WinRegMon://IPAddresses]

Individual Data Points

Technology Inventory Description Technology Inventory Fields Tag Splunk Add-on for Unix and Linux Splunk Add-on for Microsoft Windows
Installed Software tinv_software_* software [script://./bin/package.sh] [script://.\bin\win_installed_apps.bat] [WinHostMon://Driver]
Operating System tinv_os_* os [script://./bin/version.sh] [WinHostMon://OperatingSystem]
Compute tinv_cpu_* cpu [script://./bin/hardware.sh] [script://./bin/version.sh] [WinHostMon://Processor] [WinHostMon://OperatingSystem]
Memory tinv_mem_* mem [script://./bin/hardware.sh] [WinHostMon://Processor]
Storage tinv_storage_* storage [script://./bin/df.sh] [WinHostMon://Disk]
Network Interface Card tinv_nic_* nic [script://./bin/interfaces.sh] [WinHostMon://NetworkAdapter] [WinRegMon://IPAddresses] (see below for definition)

[WinRegMon://IPAddresses]

Registry Monitoring for IPs can be configured for data collection with this stanza. Credits to Windows IP Address Monitoring.

[WinRegMon://IPAddresses]
index = windows
hive = HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\Tcpip\d*\\Parameters\\Interfaces\\?.*
baseline = true
baseline_interval = 86400
proc = .*
type =

Questions

Select the "Ask a question" button (on the right) to post a question to me (tagged with this app).

Enjoy!

Release Notes

Version 2.0.4
Oct. 11, 2018

== Complete Rebuild ==
* Fixed file permissions
* Combined Technology Inventory (https://splunkbase.splunk.com/app/3031) into this TA
* Simplified deployment approach
* Redesigned field naming convention
* Use of prebuilt panels over dashboards
* Eliminated datamodels
* Custom app icons (Thanks Hupka!)
* Naming convention compliant
* Now, 100% Gluten Free!

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