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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

Splunk Index Management

Indexes are repositories of data. Splunk Enterprise stores data as events in indexes. An event refers to a single data record or log entry. It could be a line from a log file, a message from a network source, or any piece of information that is indexed and processed by Splunk. So far in this book, we have seen the forwarders used to monitor and forward data to indexers. You must be wondering how data is processed and where it is stored in the indexer component. In this chapter, you will get the answers you are looking for. It is crucial for system administrators to know about indexes as they organize the creation, management, access control, and storage estimations of indexes in their day-to-day work.

We will begin by learning about Splunk indexes, including default indexes, and how data is organized into buckets with retention policies. After you are familiar with the core concepts, we will move on to bucket types and their rollover behavior, followed by...