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Selling the idea of Splunk using sample logs?

Communicator

Has anyone run into nice samples of logs with debug instructions that could be used for demoing Splunk for those who haven't yet seen how great product it is 🙂
I know I can install forwarders and create myself a free SplunkStorm account but then running applications to generate meaningful logs is more than trivial task. If someone has already done this and is willing to share his/hers logs with documentation what was happning and how it was debugged with Splunk, that would be a great help in selling the idea of using Splunk.

Or maybe Splunk has this already available somewhere, but I've just missed it?

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Champion

Are you a Splunk partner or just eager to sell it into your company? 🙂

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Communicator

Just a eager to sell it into my company. Does it make a difference?

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Builder

As an Architect, I had the same challenge. I took the long route and created a test bed. Finding log data isn't likely to be your issue - machines and appliances are chatty enough. Once you have your first instances up and running you will have more than enough! 😉
The benefit of using your own data is relevance. Relevance to the business and therefore recognition.
If its a general demo capability then attend a Splunk Webinar. Splunk offer the content.
Lastly - perhaps consider talking to your Splunk partner - they usually have a lot of collateral, cleaned up and could help?

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Builder

Meant to add...build-your-own is worth the investment. You are likely to be called upon to demo Splunk A LOT. It's popularity goes viral inside a business. After that you could manage take-up as proof of concept projects.

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Champion

The reason I asked was that there is a sales demo available on the partner portal, they might be willing to pass it over if you have a chat with them though.

Like Dave says, the best approach is to build your own, you can wow and impress with your own know-how and create some cool dashboards.
There is an event generator available at;

https://github.com/coccyx/eventgen

Its still under dev I believe but should do the job, otherwise build your own

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