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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


This self-assessment section is to help you better understand which sections you are good at and which need improvements out of the topics covered in the chapter. I would suggest carefully reading the questions and answers and taking your time to go back through the sections that you think need more understanding. Alternatively, you could refer to the Splunk documentation. Good luck!

You will be given 10 questions and answers to choose from. The question patterns are the same as discussed in the Introducing the exam’s test pattern section. At the end of this section, answers to the questions are provided. Let’s get started:

  1. Which of the following are Splunk Enterprise features? (Select all that apply)
    1. Alerting
    2. Search and reporting
    3. File monitoring
    4. Update files that are monitored as completed at the end of the file
  2. Does Splunk support the monitoring of binary files?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  3. The UF and Splunk Enterprise utilize which concept to prevent redundant data indexing?
    1. Bucket ID
    2. Fishbucket
    3. Finbucket
    4. HashBucket
  4. What role does a SH play in a Splunk deployment? (Select all that apply)
    1. Contains dashboards
    2. Consolidates results from indexers
    3. Issues search queries to indexers
    4. Stores knowledge objects such as event types and macros
  5. Indexers store data and respond to search queries. Is this statement true or false?.
    1. True
    2. False
  6. Once data is stored in Splunk indexers, it cannot be directly modified by administrators, even if they wish to make changes. Is this statement true or false?
    1. True
    2. False
  7. Which of the following are management components? (Select all that apply)
    1. UF
    2. Search Head Cluster Deployer (SHC-D)
    3. Cluster manager
    4. Deployment server
  8. In a search head cluster environment, which among the following components is essential in a deployment?
    1. Monitoring console
    2. Cluster manager
    3. SHC-D
    4. Heavy forwarder
  9. What does the License Manager (LM) contain? (Select all that apply)
    1. License file
    2. License stacks and pools
    3. License binary software
    4. License reports
  10. Which configuration (.conf) file contains file monitoring details on a forwarder?
    1. outputs.conf
    2. inputs.conf
    3. server.conf
    4. source.conf

I hope you were able to recollect the topics that we went through with these questions. Let’s review the answers.

Reviewing answers

  1. Options A, B, and C are correct answers. Option D is not a Splunk feature.
  2. Option B, No. Splunk cannot monitor binary files. It is only able to monitor text data.
  3. Option B, Fishbucket, is the right answer. The Splunk Enterprise and the UF use seek pointers and CRCs to track the progress of file monitoring and avoid duplicate data indexing.
  4. Options A, B, C, and D all are functions of an SH.
  5. Option A is correct (True). Indexers store raw events, index files, and other metadata files for search processing.
  6. Option A is correct (True). Once the data is written to an index, it is immutable.
  7. Options B, C, and D are the correct answers. The UF is a data collection component.
  8. Option C is the right answer. The SHC-D deploys apps to all cluster members through the captain.
  9. Options A, B, and D are the correct answers. The LM stores the license file upon adding a license. Optionally, licenses are stackable, and pools can be created on the LM. License reports are available in the MC app, available in the LM instance.
  10. Option B is the correct answer. outputs.conf and server.conf are Splunk configuration files used for different purposes. There is no source.conf file available in Splunk.