About forwarding and receiving
There are several types of forwarders. See Types of forwarders to learn about each of them.
If you already know about forwarders and want the instructions on how to install them, see the following:
Sample forwarding layout
This diagram shows three forwarders that send data to a single receiver (an indexer), which then indexes the data and makes it available for searching:
Forwarders represent a much more robust solution for data forwarding than raw network feeds, with their capabilities for:
- Tagging of metadata (source, source type, and host)
- Configurable buffering
- Data compression
- SSL security
- Use of any available network ports
Learn more about forwarding and receiving
- To learn more about the fundamentals of Splunk Enterprise distributed deployment, see the Distributed Deployment Manual.
- For more information on the types of deployment topologies that you can create with forwarders, see Forwarder deployment topologies in this manual.
- To learn about what intermediate forwarding is, see Intermediate forwarding in this manual.
- To learn about the different types of forwarders available, see Types of forwarders.
- To learn about universal forwarders, see the Universal Forwarder manual.
Types of forwarders
This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 6.4.0, 6.4.1, 6.4.2, 6.4.3, 6.4.4, 6.4.5, 6.4.6, 6.4.7, 6.4.8, 6.5.0, 6.5.1, 6.5.1612 (Splunk Cloud only), 6.5.2, 6.5.3, 6.5.4, 6.5.5, 6.6.0, 6.6.1, 6.6.2