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Does the AWS add-on actually work in Splunk Light?

New Member

Hello,

I'm evaluating Splunk Light for some light-weight log parsing. One of the needs I have is the ability to monitor resources in AWS.

To that end, I installed the Splunk App for AWS and the Splunk Add-On for Amazon Web Services.

When trying to follow the instructions for configuring accounts, after clicking "Configure", I am presented with a screen that has a single button for "Billing" (Select billing tag) on it and a row of check-boxes for "Warning Message Settings". There is no option to set up an account or any other configurable option.

Looking in the Splunk errors, I see that AdminManageExternal is not supported by Splunk Light.

I'm not sure if the two are related or not., but I cannot figure out how to set up an Splunk Light to use an AWS account so I can starting inputting data from AWS.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

In Splunk Light 7.0, here are the steps for using the Splunk App for AWS and Splunk Add-on for AWS, and adding AWS accounts and configuring inputs:

  1. In Splunk Light, in the sidebar menu select Data > Apps and Add-ons.
  2. Under the Splunk Add-on for AWS click Open.
  3. Click the Add Data button under the Data section on the right of the screen.
  4. Click Configuration in the top menu bar.
  5. Click the Add button on the right of the screen to add AWS accounts. Enter a friendly Name, add your AWS Account Access Key ID, add your AWS Secret Access Key, select Region Category (the default is Global), and click Add.
  6. Click the "back" browser button, which brings you back to the Add Data page.
  7. Click Inputs in the menu bar.
  8. In the Create New Input dropdown menu on the right of the screen, select the data type you want to create and follow the instructions to configure the input.

New Member

Thank you very much. You have been huge help! I'm not able to award points for some reason but you should get them!!!!

Is this fixed for Splunk Cloud also?

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

You're welcome.

I just tested Splunk Cloud (not Splunk Light cloud service) and it seems to work fine. The steps are similar as what I posted for Splunk Light. Confirm you have both the Splunk App for AWS and the Splunk Add-on for AWS installed/enabled.

Steps:
1. Install/Add the "Splunk Add-on for AWS" and the "Splunk App for AWS". (These are available from the Apps gear icon on the main page. Search for AWS and find the app and add-on. Install both, restart, and open the Splunk Add-on for AWS to configure) .

  1. Go to the Splunk Add-on for AWS (from the top drop down menu), and click Configuration in top menu bar.

  2. Click Add in the right of the screen to add your AWS accounts.

  3. Click "Inputs" in the top menu bar.

  4. In the Create New Input dropdown menu on the right of the screen, select the data type you want to create and follow the instructions to configure the input. .

  5. To see your dashboards, select the Splunk App for AWS in the top dropdown menu.

Hope this helps!

Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

@networkthinking -- re your comment "not able to award points" -- are you able to "Accept" the answer? If not we can file a bug report. Let me know!

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

We are investigating the UI issues with the App/Addon in Splunk light.

All inputs are now configured using the addon and not the app.

You can access the specific pages using:

You can access those at:

https://cloudinstance.cloud.splunk.com/en-US/app/Splunk_TA_aws/inputs

For account configuration...

https://cloudinstance.cloud.splunk.com/en-US/app/Splunk_TA_aws/configuration

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Ok If you are using Splunk Add-on for AWS v4.4.0 and v5.1.0 version of the app - the configuration has to be done in the add-on and No longer allowed in the Splunk App in AWS. What you have described as behavior for the configuration tab is expected and it looks like you are doing the configuration in app.
Can you please confirm if you are having issues doing the configuration on the add-on instead?

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New Member

We have been using the Splunk App for AWS and clicking the Config button. The Config button does not seem to work anymore in Cloud or Light since 5.1

Do you have document on how to add data to Splunk using AWS? I looked around in the Splunk Add-on and could not find a space to add our accounts

Please advise or share document on how this has changed so we can get our data into Splunk Light or Cloud.

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New Member

I checked this document and still shows to use the Configure button
http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/SplunkLight/6.6.3/Installation/GettingstartedSplunkAppforAWS#

Is there a new doc we should be using?

Step 4: In Splunk Light, add your AWS account and configure data sources
In your Splunk Light instance, add at least one AWS account to use for data collection, and configure your data sources (inputs) to get your AWS data into Splunk Light. You will need your AWS Account Access Key ID and AWS Secret Access Key. Splunk suggests you configure all the data sources listed to populate all dashboards. Each data source has instructions in the user dialog about how to add and configure the input.

  1. Add your AWS account to your Splunk Light instance. a. In Splunk Light, go to the App for AWS page and click Configure. b. Under Accounts, click Add AWS Account. c. Enter a friendly name. d. Add your AWS Account Access Key ID. e. Add your AWS Secret Access Key. f. Click Add.
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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

The configuration for adding AWS accounts is now through the Add-on for AWS, from the Data>Data Input page in Splunk Light. I'm working on a doc update and it should be available in the next day or so after information is confirmed.

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New Member

Gayle - I found the screen you are referencing but not sure which option to choose to add the AWS account. Can you add that here so we can move forward? We have been stuck since Friday on this and our ticket is not being touched in the support system.

What about in Splunk Cloud. It is also different since the Config button no longer works.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

I just sent you an email.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

For Splunk Light 7.0, these work-around steps should guide you in adding an AWS account and configuring services.

  1. In Splunk Light, click the hamburger icon in the left menu tree and select Data > Apps and Add-ons
  2. Under the "Splunk Add-on for AWS" click the Open button
  3. Click the Add Data button under the "Data" section in the right of the screen
  4. Click the Configuration menu in the top menu bar
  5. Add the required AWS accounts by clicking on the Add button
  6. Click the "back" browser button – which brings you back to the "Add Data" page
  7. Click the Inputs menu in the top menu bar
  8. Add the required inputs by clicking the Create New Input button in the right of the screen.

See the Learn more link within the dialog, or Inputs overview for the Splunk App for AWS for information about specific data sources.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

To resolve this issue, it's best to log a Support ticket at this time. Go to www.splunk.com and click Support > Support Portal in upper right. Thanks.

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New Member

Thanks. We opened case 548415 this weekend and waiting for update from Splunk.

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New Member

I heard back from Support but appears that person is not familiar with the Splunk App for AWS. We will wait to see if we can get any resolution to this. I am starting to get the feeling this is not something considered Production or used very widely. Not sure how there can only be two of us reporting this .

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New Member

I am having same issue. We had three accounts and was going to add more this morning when I was prompted to install updates for Splunk AWS. After I installed it I had same error as you.

I also decided to try Splunk Cloud to see if I had same issue. Immediate after installing the AWS apps I was unable to add accounts. I have a feeling new version of AWS app is breaking cloud and light versions.

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New Member

Hello,
Anyone come up with an answer on this?

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Looking into this issue, and will post findings after a bit more research.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Hi Mike, Can you email me a screenshot of the issue you are having. Also, I have some other resources for you that might be helpful.
Thanks,
gneumann@splunk.com

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Where did you get your version of Splunk Light? Is it a trial version from Splunk.com, or did you install the Splunk Light AMI version from the AWS Marketplace for Splunk products?

The reason I ask is if you get your Splunk Light AMI version, now "Splunk Insights for AWS Cloud Monitoring AMI", the AWS app and add-on are pre-installed. See https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/pp/B015ZG2196?qid=1506376905168&sr=0-2&ref_=srh_res_product_title. You might not have the issues you are currently having. It seems something might be wrong with the configuration of the AWS app and add-on in your current instance?

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