I use iis server logs, each user has a unique ID (cs_username) as authentication is required on the site.
Does Splunk have the ability to query the data as you would in GA Custom Variables or eVars in Omniture?
As I understand it the following query will return data from all logs when the fields match "cs_username" and "cs_uri_stem=/SearchResults/" and give me a unique count of the users visiting the "SearchResults/" page.
sourcetype="iis-2" | extract auto=true | search cs_username="*" AND cs_uri_stem="*/SearchResults/*" | stats dc(cs_username) by cs_uri_stem | eval cs_uri_stem=urldecode(cs_uri_stem)
What I want to get to is showing all the cs_uri_stem values when a user has visited the "SearchResults/" page in a given time period.
I could then segment the data and see all pages for all users that have visited the "SearchResults/" page in a given time period.
The above works when the date range of one day is selected. I can see who used search and what Documents were viewed and the actions taken against them.
In the below I am trying to understand the users that used search and how many documents were viewed in the same session for a larger time period, week , month, year etc.
I do not have a session ID, I use transaction cs_username maxspan=30m.
With this in mind will the "count" below give me the total number of sessions for a user and the documents viewed for all sessions, not just sessions with search "/SearchResults" as I am using the cs_username instead of a session ID?
Do I need to create session ID? If so how could I do this before or after indexing?
Thanks for the reply. When you put it like that it seems a lot simpler.
I am looking at between 3500-400 users in daily time frame for this type of user.
I guess I could get a list of users that use search, put this list in a lookup and query the rest of the data.
I would look at using the search user group to see what content they consume and actions they perform in a day, with this in mind instead of getting all pages for every users I could ask it to search against a specific field or cs_uri_stem.
Is there an easier way than using a lookup as I would have to alter this for each day.
So actually you need 2 searches: 1st searching all user names who have visited the SearchResults page, for example in the last 24 hours. And 2nd searching all page for the found user names over a certain time range (which might be again 24 hours or any other time range).
Do I understand your requirements correctly? How many user names do you expect for the 1st search? You could use a subsearch for that, but this might cause performance issues when for high number of users.