About

This is my living resume.  Not necessarily for a future employer/client, but just for anyone who may want to know more about me. I am fortunate in that I get paid to do software and technology, which I also enjoy learning about and using as hobbies.

Not in a frou-frou “hello, world” way; more of a “sweet!” I wonder if I can write some code to make that better/easier/faster kind of way.

I am a Budgeter at heart, and a Software Engineer by trade.  My goal is to retire early a la my early retirement heroes:

My wife and I are very busy raising our three kids, and saving as much as possible so our Vanguard account (VTSAX) will earn enough to cover our expenses. Hopefully this will occur sooner rather than later.

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Obviously your posts show that you use both Splunk and WebSphere Portal. Do you happen to use Splunk to index WAS & Portal logs? I’m curious about your general opinions because I use both products as well.

    1. Yes, I also use them for Portal logs.

      There was one simple but very tricky piece to the configuration of the log file, which I need to post, but haven’t yet b/c I am a horrible at blogging.

      /etc/apps/search/local/inputs.conf


      [monitor:///opt/IBM/WebSphere/PortalServer/log/SystemOut.log]
      disabled = false
      host = wps01
      index = default
      sourcetype = SystemOut
      crcSalt =

      [monitor:///opt/IBM/WebSphere/PortalServer/log/SystemErr.log]
      disabled = false
      host = wps01
      index = default
      sourcetype = SystemErr
      crcSalt =

      [monitor:///opt/IBM/WebSphere/PortalServer/log/GSAIntegration/GSAIntegration.war.log]
      disabled = false
      host = wps01
      index = default
      sourcetype = GSAIntegration
      crcSalt =

      [monitor:///opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/wp_profile/logs/vts.log]
      disabled = false
      host = wps01
      index = default
      sourcetype = vts
      crcSalt =

      They key piece to look at here is:

      crcSalt =

      This was not detailed very well by Splunk, but is a requirement for all WebSphere related log files that you monitor. I originally did not have this piece of information, and I continuously was receiving duplicates.

      Hope this helps, but let me know if you need more information.

  2. I used crcSalt= to resolve that same problem with my WebSphere logs. I now need to spend some time putting together better saved searches and dashboards for my Portal environments.

    Thanks.

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