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Splunk Operational Intelligence Cookbook by Derek Mock, Paul R Johnson, Josh Diakun

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Alerting on failure and triggering a scripted response

By now, you have used every different type of alert available and many of the more common alert actions such as e-mailing. However, one extremely powerful alert action feature we are yet to touch upon is the ability to execute a script when an alert triggers.

In this recipe, you will create a simple real-time per-result alert that triggers when any 503 HTTP web server errors are detected. Upon triggering, the alert will execute a script that will write the details of the event to a local file on the server.

Getting ready

To step through this recipe, you will need a running Splunk Enterprise server, with the sample data loaded from Chapter 1, Play Time – Getting Data In. You should be familiar ...

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