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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

How licensing works

Splunk Enterprise licensing tracks the indexed data volume per day against a license stack or individual pools. To deep-dive into license groups, stacks, and pools, refer to the Splunk documentation:,stacks,pools,andotherterminology. The contents of this documentation are covered in the next section, Installing, managing, and monitoring licenses.

In a distributed infrastructure, a dedicated Splunk Enterprise instance will be assigned a license manager role, which keeps track of the license usage of the whole deployment. The rest of the instances act as license peers reporting to the manager.

The license quota is measured every day, from midnight to midnight, which means it will get reset to the full quota for the next day’s processing, and it’s a continuous process that works in conjunction with the system clock of the manager. Splunk supports two types of indexes, called events...