Troubleshooting Tips for Splunk DB Connect 3

Hello, fellow Splunkers! In this post, we'll take a look at a few of the pitfalls to be aware of when using the quite powerful, but sometimes hard to troubleshoot, DB Connect (DBX) 3.1.1 application from Splunkbase. So let's jump right in, shall we?

NULL values for Timestamp

If a database table that you're importing (either rising column or batch mode) contains a column representing a timestamp, most likely you'll want to utilize that column as the timestamp of the event (database record) within Splunk, instead of using the index time as the timestamp. However, be...


Don’t Go Chasin’ Waterfalls (Part 1)

When using the waterfall methodology to manage projects, each phase (Planning, Analysis, Design, Development, Testing, Deployment) must be fully completed before the next can begin. Everyone can call these phases something different, but essentially it’s when progress is seen as flowing steadily downwards. This has worked for so long and continues to work for some, but why not try something new? Agile, perhaps? It’s been around for a while, but lately, it’s the methodology of choice and it's gaining momentum. Agile is a time-boxed, iterative approach to software delivery that builds...


5 Tips to Keep Your Customers Safe this Holiday Season

After a record-breaking Cyber Monday (with online sales soaring to $6.59 billion - a 16.8% increase over last year), Adobe is predicting that this will be the first-ever holiday season to surpass $100 billion in online sales. This is clearly fantastic news if you're in e-...


Organized Chaos

As a project manager, choosing the right project management tool for your company isn’t an easy task and organizations can take months (sometimes even years!) before deciding on a solution that fits best. You want a tool that can do it all; from internal projects, to client work, and tracking time - without the process having a huge impact on the company. After all, the goal is to help your team get organized, not cause more chaos.

So, how do you even begin your search? With the millions of tools available it can seem like a daunting task, but following the simple steps below can...


New in Splunk 7.0 – Metrics!

Like most avid Splunk users and admins, our team at Function1 was excited to hear about the release of Splunk 7.0 and all of its powerful new features and enhancements. One of the bigger announcements was Splunk 7.0's debut of a new data type called Metrics.

Splunk’s goal in introducing Metrics is to provide organizations with a highly efficient and scalable method of ingesting, utilizing, and extracting business value out of metrics from critical IT systems.

What are Metrics … and why are they important?

In short, Metrics are numerical values that...


Maximizing Your WebCenter Sites Training

If you’re planning a future Oracle WebCenter Sites (WCS) rollout, developing your first site, or managing website content within WCS, effective and timely training is a key factor towards your success and overall system adoption. Reducing uncertainty and clarifying expectations increases motivation and aligns vision with execution. All users, including casual content contributors and approvers working within intuitive interfaces, will benefit from exposure to the new system and a clear outline of their roles and responsibilities.

Throughout my career, I’ve launched dozens of WCS...


Splunking Drupal

Drupal developers rely on various logging systems to troubleshoot and investigate Drupal exceptions and errors. We can use frontend Apache/Nginx access and error logs along with native PHP logs. But, unquestionably, the Drupal database logging module is at the core of these logging frameworks because it captures all triggers to internal Drupal hooks, events, and activities occurring on the Drupal site. Drupal's database logging framework is the bucket that captures not only the operations of the different modules (core...


The Universality of Devices

Device detection is handled smartly within Oracle WebCenter Sites, but unfortunately there is no clear wiggle room if one wants to not follow Oracle’s recommendation when it comes to mobile support. The platform sniffs out if you are on a desktop or any other mobile device listed in the Device Repository (simple xml file that contains properties for each device that an application wants to differentiate upon). You might think: “Amazing! And WCS already has a file listing relevant default/common devices! I have less work to do.” For a few minutes, you are as happy can be. Until you load...


Making Manual Labor a 'lil less Manual

The Big Hurt

Who the heck wants to do manual labor when your finger nails are as well-manicured as ours are, eh? The WebCenter Sites Practice at Function1 is in full swing in the WCS 12c upgrade cycle, with a few clients in the process. As it were, the upgrade itself can be "sort of easy" to nearly impossible depending on the approach taken and feature(s) of your particular implementation. If the upgrade gods are shining their light down on you, you only need to go from 11.1.1.8.0 to 12c. However, there's a good chance that that isn't you, OR that that god is dead OR doesn't exist...


It's HTTPS Time

I've been seeing an increase in requests for recommendations on adding the protection of HTTPS to client sites. Questions of cost and overall need are the most common.

Do you need HTTPS?

The standard response to this for years has been yes, if your users are sending sensitive data to your website. Data like credit card numbers, personally identifiable information such as Social Security, or confidential content like financial statements or payroll all qualify as sensitive. 
 
But, I would argue that...

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