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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 configurations are stored in files with the .conf extension. They are called conf files for short. In this chapter, we started by understanding conf files and their directory order of precedence and ended by looking at troubleshooting using the btool command.

Let us go through the important items to remember while working with conf files. Conf files with the same stanza names and in multiple directories are merged during the runtime of Splunk execution. The precedence is decided based on the type of conf file and its context. The precedence types are index time and search time, and the order of consideration of app directories is reverse lexicographical for search time and lexicographical for index time files.

Search-time precedence gives the highest priority to the etc/users directory through etc/apps, and the lowest priority is the system directory. Index-time precedence gives the highest priority to the system/local directory through etc/apps and the lowest...