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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)
1
Part 1: Splunk System Administration
9
Part 2:Splunk Data Administration
14
Chapter 12: Self-Assessment Mock Exam

Monitoring Splunk indexes

As an administrator, it can be overwhelming to monitor several indexes as they grow in number. To address this, Splunk monitors indexes through a default monitoring console app. It has many monitoring features, and monitoring indexes is one of them. Let’s take a look at its menu options.

Log in as an administrator and navigate to Settings in the top right. Click on Monitoring Console. The console opens in the following web view. Click on Indexing and select Index Detail: Instance.

Figure 5.4: Indexes dashboard in the monitoring console

Figure 5.4: Indexes dashboard in the monitoring console

As you can see in Figure 5.4, Splunk is a standalone Windows-based instance that has three dashboards for monitoring indexes and their volumes. The Index Detail: Instance dashboard has the following settings:

Figure 5.5: Index Detail: Instance dashboard

Figure 5.5: Index Detail: Instance dashboard

The dashboard has drop-down options for Instance (also called the Splunk indexer), and the index that has...