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Insights App for Splunk

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This app is NOT supported by Splunk. Please read about what that means for you here.
The Insights App for Splunk (IA4S) tracks every aspect of the Splunk environment including:
- User Login/Usage Tracking
- Knowledge Object Tracking (Dashboards, Macros, Eventtypes, Lookups, etc)
- Index License Usage Tracking
- Index Size Tracking
- Resource consumption (Real, SVC)
- Search performance
- KV store health
- Data source analysis
It uses machine learning to forecast future license ingestion.
IA4S stores valuable data long term usually lost after a few weeks. This will allow for continuous benchmarking of the customer’s Splunk journey.
The app is for any Splunk admin that wants to dissect any Splunk implementation including deep dive search analysis with endless enrichments.
IA4S collects data from various places in Splunk such as REST endpoints and uses the information to enrich every dashboard included in it.
The center piece is the “Audit Search Activity” - Dashboard which is driven by a brand-new summarized data model which summarizes search data from _audit, _internal & _introspection and normalizes all of the data including the search ID so we can correlate searches across these 3 datasets seamlessly. The Insights DM also tracks terminated jobs when memory tracking is enabled.
The dashboard also simplifies scheduled search skip analyses in an SHC or non-SHC environment.
The IA4S is driven by 1 accelerated data model, 1 summary index, and multiple KV stores for fast access.
The app contains a collection of >140 macros to reuse in any other custom dashboards development or when running ad-hoc searches.


Cloud & On-Prem:
Please install the following Apps on the same Cloud Search Head or Search Head Cluster you are intending to install and use Insights App for Splunk:
1. Splunk App for Lookup File Editing
2.Splunk Machine Learning Toolkit

Please note that you must install the Python for Scientific Computing Add-on before installing the Machine Learning Toolkit. Please download and install the appropriate version here:
- Mac: https://splunkbase.splunk.com/app/2881/
- Linux 64-bit: https://splunkbase.splunk.com/app/2882/
- Windows 64-bit: https://splunkbase.splunk.com/app/2883/

The On-Prem Monitoring Console must be able to:
1. Search all production indexer clusters (customer may have more than one).
2. Configured to monitor all search heads (all stand alone and search head cluster members)
3. Configured to monitor all heavy forwarders (optional) - These should be configured as the Indexer role to ensure that index pipeline queues are visible. Note: You can deploy the Insights App for Splunk for DS & HF to the DS’s & HFs.
4. Any Splunk Enterprise instance in the customer environment should ideally be configured to show in the Monitoring Console


Install the Insights App for Splunk on the search head cluster and all standalone search heads.

Installation should be done on a dedicated Search Head for the entire enterprise.
Customers should have existing Monitoring Console in place and configured, if not, configure a standalone search head as a Splunk Monitoring Console according to best practices and then proceed by configuring the dedicated Insights App for Splunk SH.

Insights App for Splunk Index Creation:
1. Login to any search head or search head cluster and create a new index:
2. Index name: ia4s_summary
3. Searchable Time: 400 Days
4. Additional Storage: None

1. Login to the cluster manager and create a new index:
2. Index name: ia4s_summary
3. Searchable Time: 400 Days

Note for On-Prem customers:
If you have multiple Splunk environments that are separated physically and have its own dedicated Splunk Monitoring Console, Splunk Cluster Manager etc.., you can create a dedicated index for each using this example:
Env1: ia4s_summary_env1
Env2: ia4s_summary_env2

This will keep the data isolated at first and on the Insights App for Splunk enterprise Search Head, all of the data from all of the summary indexes will be combined.
Please be sure to use the naming convention in Appendix C - Monitoring Console Custom Groups Naming Convention

Insights App for Splunk Data Collection Configuration
Got to https://splunkbase.splunk.com/app/6489 and watch this video: https://youtu.be/fvU-uNh1huY also, scroll to find the Insights App for Splunk for Splunk Setup Screen screenshot.

Restore the Insights App for Splunk 101 KV Store Database
watch this video: https://youtu.be/fvU-uNh1huY

Setup the App identities
• Launch IA4S Setup and click on the Insights App for Splunk Custom Identities Gen Job hyperlink.
• The template job called splunk_identities_custom_kv_store_lookup_gen you can use to map your identity fields to Insights App for Splunk identities to help us expose how the various LOBs/SubLOBs, departments etc.. are using Splunk.
• The Most critical fields are: identity, emp_name, emp_type, emp_status, emp_title, emp_dep, emp_lob1, emp_city, emp_region1 & emp_country.

Release Notes

Version 1.0.58
Aug. 16, 2022
  • Bug fixes and enhancements

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