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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 Configuration Files

Configuration files are an integral part of Splunk Enterprise. Any configuration change that you do via Splunk Web, the CLI, or a RESTful interface will get updated to a conf file directly behind the scenes. Henceforth, whenever encountering terms such as “.conf,” “conf,” “config,” or “configuration file,” they should all be understood to refer to the same concept. There are many such conf files that exist to fulfill a specific purpose. In this chapter, you will find examples of the usage of commonly used files across Splunk components, such as the search head, indexer, and forwarder. These files can be stored in multiple places, such as in user, system, and app directories. You will learn how these files get merged in memory for processing. As you get familiar with the directory structure where the .conf files can be stored, you’ll come to understand their precedence, the order in which they...