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Mary has graduated from Mechanical Engineering department at ShangHai JiaoTong University. She also holds a Master degree in Computer Science from Webster University. During her studies she has been involved with a large number of projects ranging from programming and software engineering. She works as a senior Software Engineer in the telecommunications sector where she acts as a leader and works with others to design, implement, and monitor the software solution.

Splunk Schedules and Alerts Example

1. Introduction

Splunk includes scheduled reports to run reports at a scheduled internal. Splunk alert is a saved search which can be run real-time or on a scheduled internal and can trigger one or more actions.

In this example, I will demonstrate how to schedule a report and set up an alert with step-by-step instructions along with screenshots.

2. Technologies Used

The example in this article was built and run using:

  • Docker 19.03.8
  • Splunk 8.1.1
  • Google Chrome 87.0.4280.88

Click my other article to install Splunk.

3. Schedule a Report

Splunk documentation outlines how to schedule a report.

3.1 Schedule an Existing Report

Under the Reports tab, select the desired report and click the Edit drop-down button and choose the “Edit Schedule” option.

Splunk Schedules - edit report
Figure 1 Edit Report with Schedule

3.2 Schedule Configurations

In the pop-up “Edit Schedule” window, check the “Schedule Report” checkbox which will display more configuration settings. Select the desired options: schedule frequency, time range, schedule priority, and schedule windows.

Splunk Schedules - configuration
Figure 2 Schedule Configuration

3.3 Trigger Action Options

Click the “+Add Actions” button under Trigger Actions. It displays a list of actions. I will choose the “Send Email” option for this example.

Splunk Schedules - triger action
Figure 3 Trigger Action Options

3.4 Send Email Action Configurations

It will expand the “Edit Schedule” screen with “Send Email” configurations. You can click the Remove button to delete it and choose another trigger action which will repaint the screen with different configuration settings.

Splunk Schedules - email notif
Figure 4 Send Email Configuration

3.5 Scheduled Time

Click the “Save” button after completing the configuration, then you will see the report has the “Next Scheduled Time” column populated.

Splunk Schedules - report
Figure 5 Scheduled Report

3.6 Edit Schedule within Report

We can schedule a report when editing a report. Click the “Edit” button and select the “Edit Schedule” option.

Figure 6 Edit Report with Schedule

4. Create an Alert

Pleas reference Splunk documentation for creating an alert.

4.1 Save As an Alert

At the search screen, click the “Save As” button and choose the “Alert” option.

Figure 7 Save As an Alert

4.2 Alert Setting

It displays a pop-up “Save As Alert” window. Enter the alert setting: title, description, permission, type, expires, etc.

Figure 8 Alert Setting

4.3 Alert Trigger Conditions

Scroll down to enter the Trigger condition.

Figure 9 Alert Trigger Conditions

4.4 Alert Trigger Actions

Scroll down to enter the trigger actions. In this step, I chose the “Send Email” option.

Figure 10 Alert Trigger Action

4.5 Alert is Saved

Click “Save” after completing the form. I got a warning message due to my trial licence.

Figure 11 Alert is Saved

4.6 View Alert

Click the “View Alert” button which displays the alert detail.

Figure 12 View Alert

4.7 Edit Alert

Under the Alerts tab, you should see the alert you created, click the “Edit” button and select the Edit Alert option to update it. You can manage alerts with other options too.

Figure 13 Edit Alert

5. Summary

Splunk provides a very good web interface to schedule a report and create an alert. In this article, I showed how to schedule a report and create an alert from the search result.

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Karthika B
Karthika B
28 days ago

Good one Mary, It is understandable and clear. Thank you