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How to create a summary Index that will give license usage by index and sourcetype?


Hi All,

I am trying to create a summary index which will gives us the license usage by index and sourcetype, which will be used for creating a dashboard with trends based on index and breaches per day. The process followed is

  1. Schedule a saved search with the below query index=_internal type=Usage source="/opt/splunk/var/log/splunk/license_usage.log" |stats sum(b) as bytes by idx, st
  2. Enable Summary Indexing

After that I am using below query to pull out the trend for last 24hrs
index=summary search_name=savedsearch_name |stats sum(bytes) by idx |eval GB = round(bytes/1024/1024/1024, 2)
But the above query gave me wrong results. Could you please help me to sort out the mistake? Thanks in advance.

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Revered Legend

Since you (might) want to calculate trends, your summary index needs _time field and a smaller, evenly distributed summary indexing frequency. I would do something like this

Summary index search name: license_usage_5min_summary

index=_internal sourcetype=splunkd component=LicenseUsage type=Usage | bucket span=5m _time | stats sum(b) as bytes by _time idx st

Time range: -9m@m to -4m@m (allowing 4min delay to account for indexing delay
Cron Schedule : 4-59/5 * * * * (every 5 mins, starting at 4th min. Since we take a 4 min delay, your data will collected for even time blocks 0-5 mins, 5-10min etc)

You can backfill it for past period using this method:

Now use new summary index data for your trending. Since this has correct _time value it'll honor time-range as well.

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Ultra Champion

@somesoni2 - it's interesting that in the admin class they try to stir us from summary indexes towards data model accelerations.

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Revered Legend
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You can already find the trend of license usage by index on the license master for 30 days in the usage report.
Is there any specific reason to use summary index?

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