Installation instructions

Pick the machine on which to install the Splunk Server

Be careful of assuming that because Splunk is a free download, that you can throw it on any old hardware and expect a decent demo experience.  The Splunk Server is a pretty serious piece of enterprise software and it really wants to be on a box with:

  1. 8GB RAM or more
  2. 8 cores (ie dual quad-core)
  3. nice fast disk,  ie 2 or more 10K or 15K drives in a RAID 0 or RAID 10.

But OK….  for a demo where you’re not going to give it much data, and where you’re not going to expect very good search and reporting performance, you can push some of these numbers a little. If in doubt, contact me

For more details, as well as to plan the eventual production install, see

  1. Splunk’s System Requirements page
  2. Splunk’s Hardware Capacity Planning page.
Download and Install Splunk
  1. Read more about the Splunk Server if you need to.
  2. Download and install Splunk.
Install the 2 Sideview Apps.
  1. After you’ve installed Splunk, log in as the admin user.
  2. In the top right, click “Manager”,  then “Apps”,  then “Find more Apps Online”.
  3. In the top right corner of the following page you’ll see a search bar.   Use this to search for “Sideview Utils”.
  4. You’ll see an app called “Sideview Utils” appear, along with a green button that says ‘Install Free’.  Click the button and follow the instructions to restart the server if it tells you to.
  5. Now in that same search bar,  search for the Sideview App you’d like to install,  for example ” Sideview Web Analytics”, and you’ll see the app with another green button saying “Install”. Again click the button and follow the instructions to restart the server if it tells you to.