How to use this manual
This manual provides information about the different ways you can administer Splunk. It also introduces you to some initial administration tasks for Windows and *nix.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, tasks and processes in this manual are suitable for both Windows and *nix operating systems.
For a bigger picture overview of the Splunk administration process, including tasks not described in this manual (such as setting up users or data and security configuration), see "Splunk Administration: The big picture," in this manual.
For a list and simple description of the other manuals available to Splunk users, see "Other manuals for the Splunk administrator".
What you can do with the Administration Manual
|Start Splunk and do some initial configuration||All the things you need to do to get started on Splunk, from starting Splunk and installing your license, to binding Splunk to an IP. See: "What to do first" for more information.|
|Use Splunk Web to configure and administer Splunk||An overview of Splunk Web and how you can use it to administer Splunk. See "Use Splunk Web" for more information.|
|Use configuration files to configure and administer Splunk||A discussion about configuration files: where to find them, how to create and edit them, and some important stuff about file precedences. See "About configuration files" to get started.|
|Use the Splunk command line interface (CLI) to configure and administer Splunk||An overview of how to use the Command Line Interface to configure Splunk. See "About the CLI" for more information.|
|Optimize Splunk on Windows||Some Windows-specific things you should know about working with Splunk, including some tips for optimal deployment and information about working with system images. See "Introduction for Windows admins" for more information.|
|Learn about Splunk licenses||Install your license then go here to learn everything you need to know about Splunk licenses: "Manage Splunk licenses" for more information.|
|Get familiar with Splunk apps||An introduction and overview of Splunk Apps and how you might integrate them into your Splunk configuration. See "Meet Splunk apps" for more information.|
|Manage user settings||The Manage users chapter shows you how to manage settings for users.
For more information about creating users, see Users and role-based access control in the Securing Splunk Enterprise manual.
Splunk platform administration: the big picture
This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.0.3, 6.0.4, 6.0.5, 6.0.6, 6.0.7, 6.0.8, 6.0.9, 6.0.10, 6.0.11, 6.0.12, 6.0.13, 6.0.14, 6.1, 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.1.3, 6.1.4, 6.1.5, 6.1.6, 6.1.7, 6.1.8, 6.1.9, 6.1.10, 6.1.11, 6.1.12, 6.1.13, 6.2.0, 6.2.1, 6.2.2, 6.2.3, 6.2.4, 6.2.5, 6.2.6, 6.2.7, 6.2.8, 6.2.9, 6.2.10, 6.2.11, 6.2.12, 6.2.13, 6.3.0, 6.3.1, 6.3.2, 6.3.3, 6.3.4, 6.3.5, 6.3.6, 6.3.7, 6.3.8, 6.3.9, 6.3.10, 6.4.0, 6.4.1, 6.4.2, 6.4.3, 6.4.4, 6.4.5, 6.4.6, 6.5.0, 6.5.1, 6.5.1612 (Splunk Cloud only), 6.5.2