The Complete Splunk Beginner Course
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The Complete Splunk Beginner Course

LEARN SPLUNK from this best-selling course. Become the IT HERO, with real exercises and data sets!
4.4 (264 ratings)
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1,292 students enrolled
Created by Adam Frisbee
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • 29 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Set up a working Splunk environment.
  • Understand the basics of SPL (Splunk Processing Language).
  • Create meaningful reports and dashboards in Splunk.
  • Become an IT HERO with Splunk.
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  • Install software in a Windows or Linux environment.
  • Understand basic Linux and Windows concepts.
  • Understand basic networking concepts.


  • Course updated frequently! (Last update, August 6, 2017.) Now in stunning HD! As Splunk updates their software, I'll update this course content, and you don't have to purchase anything else!
  • Lifetime access
  • Lots of downloadable content
    • All slides available for download
    • Custom, helpful documents made just for you!

The best course for learning Splunk, the leader in real-time monitoring, operational intelligence, log management, and SIEM (security information and event management). Your instructor is Adam Frisbee, a Splunk Certified Administrator and Splunk geek. 

Do you want to be an IT Hero? This course is for you!

In this course we will go through Splunk architecture, setting up your own Splunk instance, searching and reporting with Splunk, creating cool visualizations in Splunk, and much more!

The critics are raving about this course:

"Totally worth it!" - My mom

Don't buy poor quality courses! This course is high quality, with hours and hours of video content, downloadable slide decks for every lecture, practice problems and data sets, and quizzes that really test your knowledge after each section.

Who is the target audience?
  • Have you been tasked with setting up Splunk but aren't sure where to start?
  • Do you want real practice exercises in Splunk?
  • Have you heard about the power of having Splunk on your resume?
  • Do you want to participate in the big data and machine learning boom?
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Curriculum For This Course
36 Lectures
3 Lectures 05:03

Thank you for signing up for this course! I want to make sure you have the absolute best experience possible.

How to be Successful

Resources for when you get stuck.

Getting Help

A few questions to get the ball rolling. Once you pass with 100%, you can feel confident in moving on to Section 2.

Introduction Quiz
10 questions
Installing Splunk
7 Lectures 25:36
Welcome to Section 2!

Learn what Splunk is and what it can do for you.

Preview 03:02

Learn how to set up and manage different Splunk architectures.

Splunk architecture

How to download and install Splunk on both Windows and Linux.

Download and Install Splunk

Splunk is free for up to 500MB per day of consumed data. Learn what other license types there are.

Understanding Licensing

Apps are one of the things that set Splunk apart from other log management tools.

Preview 07:24

For the first homework assignment, please see the available .pdf.

Homework 1: Install Splunk

After you pass this quiz (100%), you will be ready to move on to section 3 "Getting Data In."

Installing Splunk Quiz
10 questions
Getting data In
5 Lectures 33:50
Welcome to Section 3!

Learn how you can get data into Splunk.

Getting Data In

Forwarders are the most popular way to get data into Splunk. Universal forwarders are the most popular (and easiest to deploy) type of forwarder.

Universal Forwarders

Heavy forwarders are powerful tools that can route data to Splunk.

Heavy Forwarders

For the second homework assignment, please see the available .pdf.

Homework 2: Install forwarders.

Once you've passed this quiz with 100%, you're ready to move on to Section 4: Searching and Reporting. You're half-way done with the course! 

Getting Data In Quiz
10 questions
Searching and Reporting
7 Lectures 50:13
Welcome to Section 4!

The Search app is the starting place for many Splunk functions.

The Search App

Understand how Splunk interprets your search commands.

The Search Pipeline

The basics of SPL. Key value pairs, comparisons, phrases, wildcards, booleans 

Basic Searching

Time is arguably the most valuable property of a Splunk search.

Dealing with Time

Understand how Splunk detects fields, and how you can define your own fields.

Search Modes, Fields, and Field Discovery

Add functions to your search: stats, rare, top.

Intermediate Searching

Test your knowledge with SPL!

SPL Quiz
10 questions
Visualizing Your Data
6 Lectures 30:22
Welcome to Section 5!

One of the most powerful features of Splunk is the data model.

Data Models

Learn to use Splunk's visualization builder to build your own dashboards and reports.

Using Pivot to Build Basic Visualizations

Build visualizations using SPL.

The Chart and Timechart Commands

Learn how to create and schedule reports and alerts.

Reporting and Alerting

For the fourth homework assignment, we're going to import a data set and do some searches against it using SPL, then create a cool dashboard.

  • You'll need to download and import the homeworkdataset.csv file.
  • The assignment is described in the homework 3.pdf file.
Homework 3: Combining your SPL knowledge with your visualization knowledge.
Advanced Splunk Concepts
8 Lectures 26:15
Welcome to Section 6!

Deployment Servers and Forwarder Management

Understand how Splunk handles users, roles, and authentication--both internal and external.

Users, Roles, and Authentication

Configuration files are the "atoms" of Splunk--the stuff Splunk is made out of.

Configuration Files

Learn about the power of knowledge objects: tags, fields, lookups, eventtypes

Knowledge Objects

This is the end of this course, but it is only the beginning of your Splunk journey!

The Beginning (The End of This Course)

Watch this video to learn about Splunk's cloud offering and how you can get a free trial!

Homework 4 - Splunk in the Cloud

Welcome to this comprehensive final exam. As you are answering these questions, reflect back on how much you now know about Splunk.

Final Exam
20 questions
About the Instructor
Adam Frisbee
4.4 Average rating
369 Reviews
4,731 Students
3 Courses
IT Leader, University Instructor, Splunk Certified Admin

I'm a 15 year IT veteran and hold a MS in Information Systems from the University of Utah, where I also teach graduate and undergraduate classes in Information Systems. My expertise is in cloud computing, VMware, Splunk, data warehousing, systems analysis and design, networking and servers, and university level teaching.