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Windows performance - many remote

There are a number of ways to cull Windows performance metrics from large numbers of Windows machines. One way is by using Splunk's "Windows performance remote" recipe to pull the data from the machines into your Splunk instance, one machine at a time. The other, more scalable way, is to use Splunk's universal forwarder.

You set up the forwarder on the machines that are generating the performance metrics. Then, you point the forwarder at the Splunk indexer. The forwarder monitors the desired performance counters on the machine, then forwards that data to the indexer, which then indexes it and makes it available for searching.

Using the universal forwarder is the most efficient way to get performance metrics from remote Windows machines.

There are two main steps:

1. Set up the forwarder on the remote machine and point it at the indexer. See this recipe: "Forwarders".

2. Set up the forwarder's inputs so that they monitor the performance metrics you desire. You set up the inputs on the forwarder the same as if they were on a Splunk indexer. However, the forwarder has no Splunk Web, so you'll need to set up the inputs either with the command line interface (CLI), or by editing inputs.conf directly.

For information on setting up inputs to gather performance metrics, see "Real-time Windows performance monitoring" in this manual. For additional information on setting up forwarders, see "Use forwarders" in this manual.

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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, 5.0.3, 5.0.4, 5.0.5, 5.0.6, 5.0.7, 5.0.8, 5.0.9, 5.0.10, 5.0.11, 5.0.12, 5.0.13, 5.0.14, 5.0.15, 5.0.16, 5.0.17, 5.0.18, 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, 6.0.15, 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, 6.1.14


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