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Nest Add-on for Splunk

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From Nest Thermostats to the Nest Protect, this app can monitor it all. A very clean and simple app, Nest Add-on for Splunk contains one python script that can actively pull data from many different Nest devices and accounts using REST streaming requests. To visualize your data from this Add-on please also install the Nest App for Splunk (https://splunkbase.splunk.com/app/3219/)

Nest Add-on for Splunk Documentation

System Requirements: This app is tested and working on Ubuntu and OSX 10.11.

Installation:

Installation for this add-on is fairly straight forward and you can be up and running in a matter of minutes.

If you need assistance with the app you can use the following instructions or reach out on Splunk Answers.

Obtaining an Authorization Code for your Nest Account:

Simply use the following instructions to get started collecting your data in Splunk.

  1. Visit the following URL: https://home.nest.com/login/oauth2?client_id=f4151b70-db18-43ac-a12b-1fbcd5f1cba9&state=STATE
  2. Click accept to allow this app to query your device.
  3. After authorizing this app, you will be granted an APIKey in a JSON Format like the following: {"api_key":"<api_key>"}. The <api_key> section in quotes is what you want to copy.
  4. Copy the api_key provided to you into a new stanza in nest_tokens.conf in the $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/NestAddonforSplunk/local directory. (See the sample format in $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/NestAddonforSplunk/default/nest_tokens.conf)
  5. Restart Splunk.
  6. Data may take sometime to start populating. It depends on how often you are interacting with your Nest Devices and/or App.

Configuration:

This app should just work and start indexing your data once it's configured. It's main purpose is to get your data into Splunk in a fast and efficient manner. To visualize your data please also install (https://splunkbase.splunk.com/app/3219/)

Deauthorizing an access token

If you no longer want the access_token you've created to be able to access your Nest Account, you can follow the instructions here.

https://developers.nest.com/documentation/cloud/deauthorization-overview

Troubleshooting:

  1. The following command will allow you to check if the scripted input is running. You may see multiple instances of the python script as there are child processes that run to collect the data and ensure the command exists cleanly when Splunk is shutdown or restarted.

    ps -ef | grep devices

  2. Ensure you have your $SPLUNK_HOME variable set. More information on this can be found here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Splunk

  3. Verify your nest_tokens.conf file is in the directory $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/NestAddonforSplunk/local and follows the format for each Nest Account:

    [stanza_name]
    key = api_key

Disclaimer:

Though this Add-on does use REST Streaming Requests to access data from Nest and store it in Splunk, it is not intended to provide real-time alerts regarding the status of your Nest Protect. You should utilize the official Nest App in order to recieve alerts.

Release Notes

Version 1.2.4
June 16, 2017

As of version 1.2.4 of the Nest Add-on for Splunk, we are officially part of the Works with Nest program. Once again, users can utilize this add-on to obtain access tokens and pull their Nest data into Splunk.

Current users will be able to continue to use the add-on without needing to do anything else.

We did have to make a minor adjustment to permissions for approval. Current users, please approve any updated permissions in your Nest App. Thank you for your continued patience.

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