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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

Exploring Windows inputs

The input types that we have gone through so far are neither technology- nor OS-specific. However, here, as the name suggests, Windows inputs work on Windows-only hosts. The host requires at least a UF or Splunk Enterprise instance to collect Windows-specific logs. Windows natively stores its logs in binary format, and the Windows inputs interact with OS APIs to get these logs.

When installing a UF on Windows hosts, you are given the option to enable Windows inputs. With a Splunk Enterprise instance, Windows inputs can be configured through Splunk Web via Settings | Data Inputs and then choosing Local event log collection and Remote event log collection. Remote event log collection requires a Windows domain account for log collection from remote hosts.

In a large-scale Windows host environment with UF already configured, use a deployment server to centrally manage inputs. Create and configure inputs.conf within the app. Deploy the app to the forwarders...