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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

Discussing scripted inputs

Scripted inputs are useful for indexing transient/temporary data that cannot be monitored through file/directory monitoring or use network inputs. Scripted inputs collect data from transient sources and then either write the collected data to a file or forward it directly to an indexer. Let’s go through some facts about this input type:

  • Scripted inputs require a UF agent or Splunk Enterprise instance (HF) to execute the scripts.
  • Data can be gathered from transient sources, such as operating system commands. The top, vmstat, netstat, and iostat commands all leverage this type of input, which is configured within the Splunk add-on for Unix and Linux available to download from The Windows technology add-on (TA) relies on this input type to gather Windows Active Directory (AD) logs, registry logs, WinEventLogs, and so on. Logs from remote APIs can also be pulled using scripts.
  • Popular script types are supported...