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Splunk 9.x Enterprise Certified Admin Guide

By : Srikanth Yarlagadda
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Splunk 9.x Enterprise Certified Admin Guide

By: Srikanth Yarlagadda

Overview of this book

The IT sector's appetite for Splunk and skilled Splunk developers continues to surge, offering more opportunities for developers with each passing decade. If you want to enhance your career as a Splunk Enterprise administrator, then Splunk 9.x Enterprise Certified Admin Guide will not only aid you in excelling on your exam but also pave the way for a successful career. You’ll begin with an overview of Splunk Enterprise, including installation, license management, user management, and forwarder management. Additionally, you’ll delve into indexes management, including the creation and management of indexes used to store data in Splunk. You’ll also uncover config files, which are used to configure various settings and components in Splunk. As you advance, you’ll explore data administration, including data inputs, which are used to collect data from various sources, such as log files, network protocols (TCP/UDP), APIs, and agentless inputs (HEC). You’ll also discover search-time and index-time field extraction, used to create reports and visualizations, and help make the data in Splunk more searchable and accessible. The self-assessment questions and answers at the end of each chapter will help you gauge your understanding. By the end of this book, you’ll be well versed in all the topics required to pass the Splunk Enterprise Admin exam and use Splunk features effectively.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Part 1: Splunk System Administration
Part 2:Splunk Data Administration
Chapter 12: Self-Assessment Mock Exam

Configuring Splunk Data Inputs

Getting data into Splunk Enterprise is the primary responsibility of a data administrator. There are multiple ways to get data into Splunk, including the standard data inputs that are popular and used across a range of data input sources. In this chapter, we will learn about these data inputs in more detail, including the suitability of these inputs with regard to data sources, and how to create monitoring inputs and adjust the configuration settings.

We’ll cover the following topics in this chapter:

  • File and directory monitoring
  • Network inputs (TCP/UDP)
  • Scripted inputs
  • HTTP Event Collector (HEC) aka agentless data input
  • Windows inputs

We explored these data inputs briefly in Chapter 8, Getting Data In. Splunk Enterprise is built for data, it works on data, and it returns data for various business use cases. Data administrators involved in getting data into Splunk must adopt the correct approach, set metadata accurately...