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Interface Monitoring possible with splunk?

Explorer

Hello i have just a little question.

We have 2 Ticket Systems in our Company.
I'm searching for a programm, that monitor and analyze the Interface and Connection of these two systems.
Is it possible with splunk?

And if yes, which app from splunk is useful?

Thanks 🙂

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Re: Interface Monitoring possible with splunk?

Motivator

I guess there are different ways to solve this depending on what you mean by analyzing the interface & connection.

You could just check /var/log/messages or /var/log/syslog (on a Unix System) for events that indicate that an interface came up or went down and write a search to detect the situation and assume, that if the Interface is ok the connection is ok:

Jan 25 13:10:02 host kernel: [2149765.760464] e1000: eth0 NIC Link is Up 1000 Mbps Full Duplex, Flow Control: RX
Jan 25 13:10:02 host kernel: [2149765.761220] ADDRCONF(NETDEVUP): eth0: link is not ready
Jan 25 13:10:02 host kernel: [2149765.761235] ADDRCONF(NETDEV
CHANGE): eth0: link becomes ready

You could also write a script and set up a scripted input that verifies the connection ( using ping or telnet/nc or maybe wget for an http connection) and the creata a scripted input (easier) or a modular input:

http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/latest/AdvancedDev/ScriptSetup
http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/latest/AdvancedDev/ModInputsIntro

Or maybe the ticketing software will write error messages if there is a connection problem and you can use that information (or you could use all 3 methods)

This app (or the windows pendant) are a good starting point there is a Dashboard called "Connection Details" that will populate if the app is configured correctly:
http://splunk-base.splunk.com/apps/22314/splunk-for-unix-and-linux
-> It is also a good example to see how scripted inputs work (see the inputs.conf file and check the bin directory withi its shell scripts).

Is this the info you were looking for?

Chris

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Re: Interface Monitoring possible with splunk?

Explorer

Thanks for the fast answer,

now more detailed Information, what i will do with splunk.

  1. Our two ticket systems are on Windows OS and i want install splunk on windows, too. Is that a problem?
  2. The connection, i want to check is a "Fileinterface" (The 1st ticketsystem import tickets, logs etc in the 2nd ticketsystem). I want to monitor these datas and the Windows Error from the OS'.
  3. I will search in splunk for the error messages from the ticketsystem, if something go wrong.

And i hope now there is an app for splunk windows, what i can use.

Just an info: I do this in my final exam for the company. So i have just 16-18 work hours at the project (in 1-2 month) to realize this. 😕

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Re: Interface Monitoring possible with splunk?

Motivator

1.) No, Splunk can be installed on Windows. 2.) You can monitor the Windows Event log, if you want to Monitor a directory with files there are possibilities. 3.) Is easy if the ticketsystem writes log messages. There is an a Splunk App for Windows (http://splunk-base.splunk.com/apps/22315/splunk-app-for-windows) and a so calle technology add on which might be more interesting (http://splunk-base.splunk.com/apps/28933/splunk-for-windows-technology-add-on). 16-18h sounds like it is doable write me an email: sinloft@gmail.com and we can work things out.