Splunk Basics Course
What you'll learn
- ICT Logging and monitoring basics
- How to make logs work for you and get notified if something went wrong
- Visualize data received from any log source in very simple steps
- Build a small computer LAB that consists of a Splunk server, Apache web server and Fortigate firewall virtual appliance
- Install and configure Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Universal Forwarder
- Know the different deployment types of Splunk
- Collect logs from remote nodes using Splunk Universal Forwarder
- Collect logs from Syslog devices like Fortigate firewall
- Search and explore data on Splunk
- Extract fields and add knowledge to data
- Quick introduction to Splunk Search Processing language (SPL)
- Some prior knowledge about Linux operation system
- You'll need a desktop computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux) capable of running 3 virtual machines. The course will walk you through installing the necessary free software.
Machines are trying to tell us something through logs, so they are a very valuable resource for IT departments to ensure that everything is working as expected and to give us an idea of what is going on in our IT environments which will help to respond faster to incidents.
In this hands-on course, we will learn how to set up a small virtual LAB to simulate real-world logging and monitoring scenarios, where we will collect logs from Apache web server and Fortigate firewall and send them to Splunk for storage, analysis, visualization and alerting.
I selected these two log sources specifically because they represent the majority of log sources you will find in your environment, so you can follow the same steps in the course to integrate different log sources in the future.
There are more complex log sources to integrate like logs that are pulled from database but they are not suitable to be discussed in an introductory course.
After we onboard logs to Splunk, we will search and explore data we received then we will add knowledge to it by extracting interesting fields in these logs.
At this point, our logs will be ready to be treated by Splunk Searching Processing Language (SPL) to create reports, dashboards, and alerts.
This course will make you ready to dig deep into more advanced topics of Splunk administration like,
Search head clusters
But you have to walk before you run, so my vision for this course is to master the basics first to break the ice.
When the course was recorded Splunk version was 126.96.36.199, On 10-09-2022 I validated Splunk Enterprise 9.0.1 on my own test lab and the steps and instructions in this course still apply.
Who this course is for:
- Security engineers
- IT Administrators
- Security operations center engineers
- Security incident handlers
- Systems administrators
- Anyone wants to explore huge log files/feeds
- Anyone interested to learn Splunk
I'm Ahmed, an information technology guy having more than 13 years of experience in open source technology and information security in multinational companies, enjoys operating and securing mission-critical services.
I am passionate about information security in general and I love to share my experience by creating content on YouTube and Udemy.
Spending most of my spare time in my home computer lab that I am trying to expand continuously.