Splunk administration: The big picture
The Admin Manual that you're reading now provides information about the initial administration tasks as well as information about the different methods you can use to administer Splunk software. (For a more specific overview of what you can do with the Admin Manual, see How to use this manual.)
Since Splunk software administration goes far beyond the initial tasks mentioned in this manual, you will likely find yourself browsing through several manuals in the Splunk documentation set.
Below are a few administration tasks you might want to do after initial configuration and where to go to learn more:
|Perform backups||Back up configuration information|
Back up indexed data
Set a retirement and archiving policy
|Define alerts||Define alerts|
|Manage search jobs||Supervise your jobs with the Jobs page|
For further administration help, you can refer to the manuals described below.
Install and upgrade Splunk
The Installation Manual describes how to install and upgrade Splunk Enterprise. For information on specific tasks, start here:
|Understand installation requirements||Plan your installation|
|Estimate hardware capacity needs||Estimate hardware requirements|
|Install Splunk||Install Splunk on Windows|
Install Splunk Enterprise on Unix, Linux, or MacOS
|Upgrade Splunk||Upgrade from an earlier version|
Get data into Splunk software
Getting Data In is the place to go for information about Splunk software data inputs: how to consume data from external sources and how to enhance the value of your data.
|Learn how to consume external data||How to get data into Splunk|
|Configure file and directory inputs||Get data from files and directories|
|Configure network inputs||Get network events|
|Configure Windows inputs||Get Windows data|
|Configure miscellaneous inputs||Other ways to get stuff in|
|Enhance the value of your data||Configure event processing|
Configure indexed field extraction
Configure host values
Configure source types
Manage event segmentation
Use lookups and workflow actions
|See how your data will look after indexing||Preview your data|
|Improve the process||Improve the data input process|
Manage indexes and indexers
Managing Indexers and Clusters tells you how to configure indexes. It also explains how to manage the components that maintain indexes: indexers and clusters of indexers.
|Learn about indexing||Indexing overview|
|Manage indexes||Manage indexes|
|Manage index storage||Manage index storage|
|Back up indexes||Back up indexed data|
|Archive indexes||Set a retirement and archiving policy|
|Learn about clusters and index replication||About clusters and index replication|
|Deploy clusters||Deploy clusters|
|Configure clusters||Configure clusters|
|Manage clusters||Manage clusters|
|Learn about cluster architecture||How clusters work|
Scale Splunk Enterprise
The Distributed Deployment Manual describes how to distribute Splunk Enterprise functionality across multiple components, such as forwarders, indexers, and search heads. Associated manuals cover distributed components in detail:
- The Forwarding Data Manual describes forwarders.
- The Distributed Search Manual describes search heads.
- The Updating Splunk Enterprise Components Manual explains how to use the deployment server and forwarder management to manage your deployment.
|Learn about distributed Splunk||Distributed Splunk overview|
|Perform capacity planning for Splunk software deployments||Estimate hardware requirements|
|Learn how to forward data||Forward data|
|Distribute searches across multiple indexers||Search across multiple indexers|
|Update the deployment||Deploy configuration updates across your environment|
Secure Splunk software
The Securing Splunk Enterprise manual tells you how to secure your Splunk software deployment.
|Authenticate users and edit roles||User and role-based access control|
|Secure Splunk software data with SSL||Secure authentication and encryption|
|Audit Splunk software||Audit Splunk activity|
|Use Single Sign-On (SSO) with Splunk Enterprise||Configure Single Sign-on|
|Use Splunk Enterprise with LDAP||Set up user authentication with LDAP|
Troubleshoot Splunk Enterprise
The Troubleshooting Manual provides guidance on Splunk Enterprise troubleshooting overall as well as some specific issues. In addition, topics in other manuals provide troubleshooting information for issues that arise during configuration.
|Learn about Splunk troubleshooting tools||First steps|
|Learn about Splunk log files||Splunk log files|
|Work with Splunk support||Contact Splunk support|
|Resolve common problems||Some common scenarios|
References and other information
The Splunk documentation includes several useful references, as well as some other sources of information that might be of use to the Splunk administrator.
|Configuration file reference||Configuration file reference in the Admin Manual|
|REST API reference||REST API Reference Manual|
|CLI help||Available through installed instances of Splunk. For details on how to invoke it, read Get help with the CLI in the Admin Manual.|
|Release information||Release Notes|
|Information on managing Splunk knowledge||Knowledge Manager Manual|
How to use this manual
Other manuals for the Splunk administrator
This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 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, 6.2.14, 6.2.15