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Getting Around Splunk Infrastructure Monitoring ๐Ÿ”—

A quick review of this page gives you an overview of the features and functions available in Infrastructure Monitoring, and introduces terminology used throughout the documentation.

Home page ๐Ÿ”—

You can set any page as your home page. Clicking the icon takes you to your home page, and it is also displayed when you log into Infrastructure Monitoring.

Dashboards and dashboard groups ๐Ÿ”—

Dashboards page ๐Ÿ”—

The Dashboards page displays built-in, custom, and user dashboard groups (see Types of dashboards and dashboard groups). At the top of the page, you can see a list of your favorite dashboards, your recently viewed dashboards (including an unsaved dashboard, if you have one), and the dashboards in your user dashboard group. If you have joined teams in your organization, a tab for each team is also displayed.

To display this page, hover over Dashboards on the navigation bar and select All Dashboards.

Note

If you are a member of one or more teams, clicking Dashboards on the navigation bar (instead of hovering) displays the landing page for a team you belong to.

Dashboard ๐Ÿ”—

A dashboard is a grouping of charts and visualizations of metrics. An Overrides bar above the charts lets you customize the dashboard view. When there are multiple dashboards in a dashboard group, a grey underline indicates which dashboard you are viewing.

Splunk APM ๐Ÿ”—

This menu option is available if you have implemented APM, which provides visibility into distributed applications to enable application performance monitoring, troubleshooting, and root cause analysis.

For more information, see Get started with Splunk APM.

Infrastructure page ๐Ÿ”—

On the Infrastructure page, the Infrastructure Navigator provides a data-driven visualization of your environment. Each element (host, instance, container, etc.) is colored based on the value of one of several metrics.

For more information, see Infrastructure Navigator.

Alerts page ๐Ÿ”—

The Alerts page displays all the active alerts in your organization. For more information, see Viewing active alerts on the Alerts page.

Metrics page ๐Ÿ”—

On the Metrics page, the Metric Finder provides a browsable list of categories, drawn from your integrations or custom categories, if configured.

Click on an integration or custom category to search for metrics from just that category. For example, clicking on Amazon EC2 returns metrics that include namespace:AWS/EC2.

For more information, see Using the Metric Finder.

Integrations page ๐Ÿ”—

Splunk offers support for a broad range of integrations for collecting all kinds of data, from system metrics for infrastructure components to custom data from your applications.

The Integrations page is constantly changing as new integrations are made available. Click Integrations on the navigation bar to see information on installed and available integrations. For more information, see Integrations Guide.

Team landing page ๐Ÿ”—

Every team has an associated landing page that contains information relevant to team members. For information on how to display landing pages, see Viewing team landing pages.

Chart Builder ๐Ÿ”—

The Chart Builder is the interface for creating, editing, and configuring charts. For more information, see Plotting Metrics and Events in the Chart Builder.

Detector ๐Ÿ”—

A detector monitors a signal for conditions or issues that you care about. You can access detectors from the Alerts page, or from the Detector menu (bell icon) on a chart or in the Infrastructure Navigator.

In a detector, a chart that represents values for the visible signals is displayed in the Signals tab. The list of detector rules, and the number of currently active alerts for each rule, is shown on the Alert Rules tab. For more information, see Set Up Detectors to Trigger Alerts.

Note

If a detector contains a Signalflow tab, you are viewing a detector created programmatically using the API. If you are familiar with the API, you can use this screen to view and edit the detector code and make changes to the detector rules. For more information, see Using the SignalFlow tab.

Metadata Catalog ๐Ÿ”—

The Metadata Catalog makes it easy for you to find metadata associated with the metrics you are sending to Infrastructure Monitoring. For more information, see Using the Metadata Catalog.

Organization settings ๐Ÿ”—

To view information about your organization, open the Settings menu at the right side of the navigation bar. Click your avatar, hover over Organization Settings, then select one of the options shown. For example, if you select Members, you will see a list of all the users in your organization.

Help and support ๐Ÿ”—

To view resources available for getting help when using Infrastructure Monitoring, open the Settings menu at the right side of the navigation bar. Click your avatar, hover over Help and Support, then select one of the options shown. For example, if you select Product Documentation, you will go to the home page for this documentation.

User profile, avatar, and color theme ๐Ÿ”—

User accounts are associated with at least one organization. An organization has a subscription such as a free trial or a specific paid plan.

To open the Settings menu, click your avatar at the right side of the navigation bar. (Your avatar graphic comes from Gravatar).

Your profile ๐Ÿ”—

To manage your account, open the Settings menu and select My profile.

  • If you click Change password, you will be prompted for your old password and a new password. A valid password is at least 8 characters long and must contain one capital letter, one number, and one symbol.

  • For Time Zone, you can explicitly select a particular option, or select Auto and let Infrastructure Monitoring use the zone detected from your browser.

    The time zone you specify here determines how data is placed on your charts. Suppose Infrastructure Monitoring receives a datapoint with a timestamp of 7:00 PM UTC. If your profile time zone is America/Los_Angeles (explicitly set or otherwise reported by your browser), the datapoint will be displayed on your chart at 11:00 AM (which corresponds to 7:00 PM UTC). It will be displayed at 1:00 PM if your profile time zone is America/Chicago, and 2:00 PM if it is America/New_York.

  • For Color Accessibility, you can create a custom color palette. This palette will be reflected in the Infrastructure page, the Alerts page, and in charts and detectors.

  • Check with your administrator to see if you need to generate an API access token for working with the Splunk Infrastructure Monitoring API REST API.

In the lower part of the Profile page, the organizations that you have access to are listed. (Generally, you have access to only one organization.) As with generating an API token, ask your administrator if this information is relevant to you.

  • A Realm is a self-contained deployment of Splunk Infrastructure Monitoring or Splunk APM in which your organization is hosted. Different realms have different API endpoints.
  • Access Tokens are used for API access and metrics submission.

Adding or changing your avatar ๐Ÿ”—

Infrastructure Monitoring uses Gravatar to manage the avatar (Settings menu icon) that is displayed at the right side of the navigation bar. Gravatar associates your email address with an image, so that you can use that image as your avatar on many sites.

To add an avatar, or to change the avatar that is displayed, go to the Gravatar site and sign in using your Wordpress.com account. If you donโ€™t have a Wordpress.com account, click the โ€œCreate an Accountโ€ link, and youโ€™ll be taken to a signup page.

When you successfully log into Gravatar, youโ€™ll see a list of email addresses that have images next to them. Select the email address that you use to log in to Infrastructure Monitoring, and choose or upload an image to associate with that address. This image appears as your avatar on Infrastructure Monitoring.

If you donโ€™t see the email address that you use to log in to Infrastructure Monitoring, click โ€œAdd email addressโ€ to add it to your Gravatar account.

Changes that you make to your avatar on Gravatar will appear in Infrastructure Monitoring after several minutes.

Choosing a color theme ๐Ÿ”—

When working in Infrastructure Monitoring, you can choose between a light background with dark text, or a dark background with light text. The selected color theme is applied to all your screens.

To change to a dark background with light text, select Dark Theme from the Settings menu. The dark theme helps increase the color contrast in charts. You might want to use the dark theme for displaying dashboards on a larger external monitor or TV. To set a dashboard to fullscreen, see fullscreen mode.

To switch back to a light background with dark text, select Light Theme from the Settings menu. You can also edit your profile color palette.