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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

Understanding conf files

.conf files in Splunk Enterprise are configuration files that serve specific functions during the runtime of data forwarding, parsing, indexing, and searching. These files contain important settings and can be modified through the filesystem, either directly or indirectly via Splunk Web, the CLI, or a REST API.

Let’s explore key information about .conf files.

File format and access

To modify or create new .conf files, you need access to the Splunk component filesystem. This typically requires appropriate permissions or administrative privileges on the machine where Splunk is installed. By accessing the filesystem, you can edit the .conf files using a text editor or other tools.

Structure and syntax

The .conf files use the <key/attribute> = <value> format to define settings. Each key has its own significance, and keys are case-sensitive. Settings are organized into unique [<stanza>] sections. It’s important to follow...