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Splunk 7.x Quick Start Guide

By : James H. Baxter
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Splunk 7.x Quick Start Guide

By: James H. Baxter

Overview of this book

Splunk is a leading platform and solution for collecting, searching, and extracting value from ever increasing amounts of big data - and big data is eating the world! This book covers all the crucial Splunk topics and gives you the information and examples to get the immediate job done. You will find enough insights to support further research and use Splunk to suit any business environment or situation. Splunk 7.x Quick Start Guide gives you a thorough understanding of how Splunk works. You will learn about all the critical tasks for architecting, implementing, administering, and utilizing Splunk Enterprise to collect, store, retrieve, format, analyze, and visualize machine data. You will find step-by-step examples based on real-world experience and practical use cases that are applicable to all Splunk environments. There is a careful balance between adequate coverage of all the critical topics with short but relevant deep-dives into the configuration options and steps to carry out the day-to-day tasks that matter. By the end of the book, you will be a confident and proficient Splunk architect and administrator.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Configuring Splunk components

If you have installed Splunk Enterprise on all of the servers you've planned for in your deployment, you're now ready to perform the changes needed to a few key files that will configure each component to perform its specific function—search head, indexer, and so on.

Before we get started with that, though, it would be a good idea to do a quick review of where Splunk keeps the files you'll be working with the most, and touch on something called 'precedence,' which is important for understanding how the configuration files work together in a complex system.

Splunk directory structure

Splunk's directory structure is identical, whether you're running on...