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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


In conclusion, the Splunk UF is a software binary that does not require any license and is typically installed on the source system. The UF is lightweight and consumes fewer resources. The UF monitors and forwards the data to indexers for indexing and reads the data in a file exactly once using the fishbucket concept. Structured data such as CSV, XML, JSON, and so on can be parsed using INDEXED_EXTRACTIONS. Forwarding on the UF is configured in the outputs.conf file, which contains the indexer host and management port details.

The UF can be installed on various supported OSs and hardware specifications; we have seen its installation for both Windows (through the interactive GUI) and Linux (through the CLI/silent mode). By default, the UF is installed in /opt/splunkforwarder/ in linux environment, which is referred to via the $SPLUNK_HOME environment variable.

After that, we explored the DS, which is a Splunk Enterprise instance for managing the many forwarders in large...