Install Splunk on Ubuntu

Splunk is a popular enterprise level tool for log collection, analysis and management. While you can obtain an enterprise license, most functions are available in the free community edition.

Setup is very easy:

  1. Download and move the .tar.gz file to the appropriate server (i386 vs. amd64)
  2. sudo dpkg -i splunk*.deb
  3. Start the server:

    sudo /opt/splunk/bin/splunk start

    The first time you run after installation or update you will have to accept terms.

  4. Access the admin screen:


    login (admin/changeme)
    change password

  5. Go to Settings/Forwarding * Receiving
    – add new (port 9997)
  6. Open firewall port (if enabled):

    sudo ufw allow 8000
  7. Now to start as a service…

    sudo /opt/splunk/bin/splunk enable boot-start



MSIE browser testing

Testing web applications with various versions of MSIE (Internet Explorer) often proves problematic as it’s generally not possible to have more than one version installed on a single Windows installation. There are various approaches, such as:

  • Having an entire test lab with different browser configurations.
  • More often, it’s also possible to run a set of virtual machines on a single desktop.
  • Another option is to find a package that ‘hacks’ around some of the Windows limitations and installs (at least partially) the browser rendering capabilities.

NOTE: the final method above has some quirks, but you can generally use it for preliminary testing by developers as it’s obviously easier to maintain.

Here are a few common packages that I’m aware of:

Happy testing!