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Proper Alerts

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Overview
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Maintaining properly configured alerts is not an easy task in Splunk.

Is the search properly structured? Is data source still being indexed? Are search time range and schedule coordinated? What if the runtime is longer than the interval between one run to the next?

You probably answered these questions while doing the once in a while alert review.

This task however, becomes a pain in no time when the number of alerts rises and, as a consultant, it is common to encounter a Splunk environment in which admins lost track of configured alerts with consequences such as alerts being missed and improper resources usage.

A more efficient way to keep track of active alerts would consist in reviewing them all once, and then only review the ones that have been modified since their last review.

This the purpose of this App: help admins to continuously maintain properly configured alerts.

To do so, the App leverages Splunk KV Store to save active alerts in a lookup that gets updated every time an alert is modified. The lookup is then loaded in an interactive dashboard that lets Splunk admins review alerts.

Documentation

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Prerequisites

These Apps must be deployed to your Search Head(s):

Deployment Steps

  1. Install the App on your Splunk Search Head(s)
  2. Launch Update KV Store lookup from Reports tab by clicking Open in Search
  3. Verify that active alerts are listed in the Inventory dashboard
  4. [OPT] Adjust getServiceRequest macro to extract service request # from alerts' description
  5. Set recipient to Notify admin for alerts to review alert
  6. [WARN] Set recipient to Notify alert recipient of a change alert as $result.email$

⚠️ Notify alert recipient of a change alert will send an email to alert’s recipient when triggered

Upgrade

Relaunch Update KV Store lookup from Reports tab by clicking Open in Search

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Release Notes

Version 1.1.4
Nov. 12, 2020

- Fixed whitelisting alert issue in 'Inventory' dashboard
- Fixed 'IndexIsSpecified' macro

Version 1.1.3
Nov. 8, 2020

- Fixed 'No action' check in 'Issues' dashboard
- Added 'Close names' check in 'Issues' dashboard
- Fixed 'Update KV Store lookup' query:
○ recipient field is set only if 'action.email' is true
○ 'triggeredalerts' is added to 'actions' when 'alert.track' is true
○ null fields are set to 'N/A' so that MD5 hash is never empty

Version 1.1.2
Nov. 7, 2020

- Alert owner is now the owner of the knowledge object instead of the first recipient of the alert
- Index check has been improved
- Alerts and Apps can now be whitelisted from the checks
- 'Notify alert recipient of a change' has be renamed to 'Notify alert recipient of a change' and improved

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