Creating alerts

Alerts are crucial in IT operations. They provide real-time awareness of the state of the systems. Alerts also enable you to act fast when an issue has been detected prior to waiting for a user to report it. Sure enough, you can have a couple of data center operators monitor your dashboards, but nothing jolts their vigil more than an informative alert.

Now, alerts are only good if they are controlled and if they provide enough actionable information. Splunk allows you to do just that. In this section, we will walk you through how to create an actionable alert and how to throttle the alerting to avoid flooding your mailbox.

The exercises in this section will show you how to create an alert, but in order to generate the actual e-mail ...

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