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Splunk with PowerShell? Yes, Please


Do you manage Windows servers? If the answer is yes, then the likelihood is that you utilize PowerShell in your daily operations. As many know, PowerShell is an extraordinarily powerful shell command language that Microsoft invented to manage their most complex server applications. Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, SQL Server and Active Directory can all be managed through PowerShell; and that’s just the start. The Splunk App for Exchange and the Splunk App for Active Directory both use this facility to get inventory and usage information from the depths of the systems.

But it isn’t easy. Scripted inputs are, well, expensive. Firstly, you have to wrap the PowerShell executable inside a CMD batch file. When it executes, you are running a CMD prompt plus a full PowerShell environment. You are incurring this start up cost whenever the scripted input fires, and the start up cost can be significant. In addition, you have to cook the output into events yourself and deal with a lot of the scaffolding. Just take a look at the Splunk App for Exchange for an example of this. A lot of the code inside the PowerShell scripts is dealing with output formatting.

To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, Splunk with PowerShell? Yes, Please


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