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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

File and directory monitoring

As the name implies, this input type monitors the data files and the directories they’re stored in. This is the most effective way to bring in data and is recommended by Splunk as one of the best approaches to handling files. The monitoring settings are configured in the inputs.conf file. To enable this input, a UF agent is required on the source machine, and the same settings also work on Heavy Forwarders (HFs) and Splunk Enterprise. Let’s look at the notable features of this input type:

  • Works for all text-based files including structured formats (XML, CSV, JSON, etc.) and .gzip-compressed files.
  • Keeps track of the files being monitored via checkpoints maintained in a fishbucket directory, under $SPLUNK_HOME/var/lib/splunk/.
  • Resumes the file and directory monitoring from the last location in the event of forwarder restarts.
  • Recursively discovers all the files in a directory, including any new files created.
  • Uncompresses...