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doing a summary index - getting started - my first time

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I have a search

...|timechart span=d sum(kpi1) sum(kpi2) max(kpi3) max(kpi4) | 
foreach * [eval <<FIELD>>=round('<<FIELD>>',2)] 

that gives me the following:(this is saved as a report and then I go to Settings > Searches, Reports, and Alerts. Find the saved report and here is where I can setup my summary index)

    _time   sum(kpi1)   sum(kpi2)   max(kpi3)   max(kpi4)
1   2015-04-27  2063.31 8674.09 2104.23 499.82
2   2015-04-28  2480.92 7945.15 1931.56 701.35
3   2015-04-29  1969.85 6383.18 2072.72 695.52
4   2015-04-30  3443.03 10555.85    2077.22 755.18
5   2015-05-01  2698.94 8018.81 1985.91 726.87
6   2015-05-02  2680.29 9171.90 2085.58 654.53
...
342 2016-04-02  11162.27    16281.40    2235.12 1653.27
343 2016-04-03  10437.93    15564.98    2082.37 1573.27
344 2016-04-04  11110.42    14474.52    2182.29 1888.99
345 2016-04-05  11336.11    14378.96    2079.45 1862.88

I would like to set up a summary index but am unsure how to do it. I am doing some reading here.
But i am finding it a bit lacking so here I am asking the question and also hope to document how i get it to work which might complement the documentation.

The search and the output above is what I am trying to achieve. Now how do i do this using summary indexes?

*1. I have to get the summary index to have daily values since 2015-04-27 to now.
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2. i have to get the summary index to have daily values going forward from now.

that way, if my understanding is correct I will have something like, index=summary report=description_day_summary | which will give me the output above.

Now below are the options available to me when setting up this summary indexing.

Based on what I have said so far, can anyone advise what settings I have to work with or what settings I should ignore?
To get to the below images i have a saved report and then I go to Settings > Searches, Reports, and Alerts. find the saved report and here is where I can setup my summary index.

creating summary index options1

creating summary index options2

Regarding 2 above (2. i have to get the summary index to have daily values going forward from now. ).
**TimeRange

i would imagine I have to set up the search to be scheduled daily for a starttime of -1d@d to a endtime of @d.
Acceleration
Don't plan to use
Schedule and Alert
set up a schedule daily to get the previous days value.
Alert
Don't plan to use
Alert Action
nothing important here but i might get an email sent initially just to show that it is working
Summary Indexing
here i will leave the index as summary and i will add a field like report=descriptiondaysummary, that way to get the summay data that I want I would do index=summary report=description_day_summary |

Regarding 1 above (**1. I have to get the summary index to have daily values since 2015-04-27 to now.)
I am unsure how to do this or if it can be done. my concern is what will the timesamp be _time

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Re: doing a summary index - getting started - my first time

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Set your search to run from -d@d to @d and schedule it to run every morning/night. That'll take care of any future values.

Then, read http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/6.4.0/Knowledge/Managesummaryindexgapsandoverlaps#Use_th... and backfill old data accordingly.

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Re: doing a summary index - getting started - my first time

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if i do that will index=summary report=description_day_summary | give me the output that i want? Or will I have to do something like index=summary report=description_day_summary | stats values(*) as * I am just wondering what the the timestamp(_time) will be here?

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Re: doing a summary index - getting started - my first time

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what is the point of the add fields under Summary Indexing? As I understand, if I add the field report=description_day_summary I could then use this search on my summary index.

index=summary report=description_day_summary |

But is there any point really if i can do this by the search name?

"index=summary searchname="descriptionday_summary" |

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Re: doing a summary index - getting started - my first time

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The timestamp will be retained as whatever your summarizing search put into _time. Protip: Make a testing summary index, run summary search, look at results.

The additional fields can help for example when you group several summarizing searches into one report - much easier to use groupingfield=foo than a list of search_name=. If you're just referring to one search's output, you can also use the source field for faster filtering.

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Re: doing a summary index - getting started - my first time

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If this solved your question please do mark the answer as accepted.

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