Set up Splunk

If you have Splunk in your environment already that is fantastic and you can scroll down to the next section about creating a new index.

Otherwise it’s easy to get a trial of Splunk going.  There are a couple options.

Install a trial of Splunk

First go to and create a new account or log in with an existing account.

  • 60 day trial with one Splunk “Server” installed locally
  • 60 day trial with multiple Splunk instances, installed locally
    • This is almost certainly overkill!  But not always.  CONTACT US if you think this is the road for you..
  • 14 day trial of Splunk Cloud
    • Go here to start a free 14 day Cloud trial
    • Follow the directions and emails to get it going.
    • If you want to test for longer than 14 days, it is difficult but not necessarily impossible however we recommend talking to your Splunk rep before starting this trial.

At this point you now have a Splunk instance you can log into.  Next we’ll create the index and install the Sideview apps.


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