Top Splunk interview questions and answers

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What are the components of Splunk?

There are 3 main components in Splunk:

  • Splunk Forwarder, used for data forwarding.
  • Splunk Indexer, used for Parsing and indexing the data.
  • Search Head, is a GUI used for searching, analyzing and reporting.

Why do you want to join Splunk?

We’re passionate, open, disruptive, and fun, and hope to instill these core values in our company culture. Above all, Splunk is a company built on passion, which is why we’re constantly looking for passionate people to join our team. Passion is what drives us further and enables us to reach higher.

Which alert is commonly used in Splunk?

Create real-time alerts in Splunk Web

we use a real-time alert to monitor events or patterns of events as they occur. We can create real-time alerts with triggering of per-result or rolling time window. Real-time alerts can be expensive in terms of computing resources, so consider using a scheduled alert when possible.

What is the deployment server in Splunk?

The deployment server is the tool for distributing configurations, apps, and content updates to groups of Splunk Enterprise instances. You can use it to distribute updates to most types of Splunk Enterprise components: forwarders, non-clustered indexers, and search heads.

What are the advantages of Splunk?

Making data accessible, usable, and valuable

IT business operations – Splunk provides real-time monitoring, event management and alerting, and visibility into the health of physical and virtual IT infrastructure. Splunk also provides monitoring of applications and business and IT services.

What is Splunk alerting?

Splunk alerts are actions that get triggered when a specific criterion is met which is defined by the user. The goal of alerts can be logging an action, sending an email, or output a result to a lookup file, etc.

What is a Splunk report?

Splunk reports are results saved from a search action that can show statistics and visualizations of events. Reports can be run anytime, and they fetch fresh results each time they are run. The reports can be shared with other users and can be added to dashboards.

What is the main use of Splunk?

Splunk is used for monitoring and searching through big data. It indexes and correlates information in a container that makes it searchable, and makes it possible to generate alerts, reports, and visualizations.

What is the Splunk stats command?

The Splunk stats command calculates aggregate statistics over the set outcomes, such as average, count, and sum. It is analogous to the grouping of SQL. If the stats command is used without a BY clause, it returns only one row, which is the aggregation over the entire incoming result collection.