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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

Search head and indexer clustering overview

Clustering is a vast topic, and there is an administration course available from Splunk Education that covers it. In this section, you are going to learn about the essential topic of clustering in a distributed search context.

Clustering is the concept of grouping similar instance types to work toward a common goal by sharing the same configurations and objects, which allows resources to be highly available and resilient. Let’s look at the two types of clustering in the following subsections.

Search head clustering

The search head in Splunk serves as the prime component responsible for managing user queries and coordinating the search process. Whether a search query is submitted through the Splunk user interface, the Command-Line Interface (CLI), or an API, the search head receives the query and takes charge of distributing the search across the indexers. It distributes the query to the appropriate indexers, collects and merges...