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Log Analysis QuickStart App

The Log Analysis QuickStart app, created for new users of Sumo Logic, includes searches to extract important information from your log files, independent of where they get generated.

Whether you're new to log management or plan to migrate from other products, the Log Analysis QuickStart app will bring you up to speed with the Sumo Logic search, visualization, and analytics capabilities.

Installing the Log Analysis QuickStart app

To install the app, do the following:

  1. Select App Catalog.
  2. In the Search Apps field, search for and then select your app.
    Optionally, you can scroll down to preview the dashboards included with the app.
  3. To install the app, click Install App.
  4. Click Next in the Setup Data section.
  5. In the Configure section of the respective app, complete the following fields.
    1. Key. Select either of these options for the data source.
      • Choose Source Category, and select a source category from the list for Default Value.
      • Choose Custom, and enter a custom metadata field. Insert its value in Default Value.
  6. Click Next. You will be redirected to the Preview & Done section.

Your app will be installed in the Installed Apps folder and dashboard panels will start to fill automatically.

Each panel slowly fills with data matching the time range query and received since the panel was created. Results will not immediately be available, updating with full graphs and charts over time.

Upgrading the Log Analysis QuickStart app (Optional)

To update the app, do the following:

  1. From the Sumo Logic navigation, select App Catalog.
  2. In the Search Apps field, search for and then select your app.
    Optionally, you can identify apps that can be upgraded in the Upgrade available section.
  3. To upgrade the app, click Upgrade.
    1. You will be redirected to the Preview & Done section if the upgrade did not have any configuration or property change.
    2. You will be redirected to Setup Data page if the upgrade has any configuration or property change.
      1. In the Configure section of the respective app, complete the following fields.
        • Key. Select either of these options for the data source.
          • Choose Source Category, and select a source category from the list for Default Value.
          • Choose Custom, and enter a custom metadata field. Insert its value in Default Value.
      2. Click Next. You will be redirected to the Preview & Done section.

Your upgraded app will be installed in the Installed Apps folder and dashboard panels will start to fill automatically.

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Go to the Release Notes tab to see the change log for new updates in the app.

Uninstalling the Log Analysis QuickStart app (Optional)

To uninstall the app, do the following:

  1. From the Sumo Logic navigation, select App Catalog.
  2. In the Search Apps field, search for and then select your app.
  3. Click Uninstall.

Viewing Log Analysis QuickStart dashboards

All dashboards have a set of filters that you can apply to the entire dashboard. Use these filters to drill down and examine the data to a granular level.

  • You can change the time range for a dashboard or panel by selecting a predefined interval from a drop-down list, choosing a recently used time range, or specifying custom dates and times. Learn more.
  • You can use template variables to drill down and examine the data on a granular level. For more information, see Filter with template variables.
  • Most Next-Gen apps allow you to provide the scope at the installation time and are comprised of a key (_sourceCategory by default) and a default value for this key. Based on your input, the app dashboards will be parameterized with a dashboard variable, allowing you to change the dataset queried by all panels. This eliminates the need to create multiple copies of the same dashboard with different queries.

Keywords and Metadata

This dashboard provides several ways to monitor your logs based on the metadata of your data. All of the panels include searches for specific issues. You can learn more about metadata options in Built-In Metadata.

  • High Priority Keywords. Displays how often the terms error, failure, and exception appear in all log messages over time.
  • Medium Priority Keywords. Displays how often the terms time out, warn, check, exist, reject, deny, and timeout appear in all log messages over time.
  • Issues by Origin. Displays how often high priority keywords occur by the origin of issue, which could be application, data or service.
  • Issues in Top Categories. This Panel shows the top 10 source categories by number of log messages that contain error, exception, or failure terms.
  • Issues in Top 10 Hosts. Displays the top 10 hosts by number of log messages that contain error, exception, or failure terms.
  • Issues in Top 10 Files. Shows the top 10 files by number of log messages that contain error, exception, or failure terms.
  • Issues by Category. This panel displays the number of log messages that contain error, exception, or failure terms by Source Category over time.
  • Issues by Host. Displays the number of log messages that contain time out, error, exceptions, and failures broken down by Source Host over time.
  • Issues by File Name. Displays the number of log messages that contain error, exception, or failure terms issues by log file name over time.

Collectors and Source Monitoring

The panels in the Collector and Source Monitoring dashboard help you keep an eye on the machines running Collectors and Sources. If a machine begins to have issues (such as no logs being uploaded to Sumo Logic) you'll know at a glance.

  • Issues by Collector. This panel displays the number of log messages that contain error, exception, or failure terms by Collector.
  • Issues by Source. Shows the number of log messages that contain error, exception, or failure terms by each Collector's Source.
  • Collector Issue Monitoring. Displays warnings generated over time for each Collector in your deployment.
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