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Securing Splunk Enterprise

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Set up user authentication with LDAP

Splunk Enterprise supports three types of authentication systems:

About configuring LDAP authentication for Splunk Enterprise

Splunk Enterprise allows user and role configuration for LDAP users and groups. You can configure one or many LDAP servers and map users and user groups from your servers to Splunk roles.

For more information about configuring multiple LDAP servers, see "How Splunk works with multiple LDAP servers."

Before you configure LDAP, take a look at "LDAP prerequisites and considerations."

How to configure LDAP authentication

These are the main steps to configure Splunk Enterprise to work with LDAP:

1. Configure one or more LDAP strategies (typically, you configure one strategy per LDAP server).

2. Map your LDAP groups to one or more Splunk roles.

3. If you have multiple LDAP servers, specify the connection order of their servers.

You can perform these steps in Splunk Web or by editing the configuration file. See "Configure LDAP with Splunk Web" or "Configure LDAP with the configuration file" for more information.

Authentication precedence

Splunk authentication takes precedence over any external systems. This is the order in which Splunk Enterprise authenticates a user:

1. Splunk authentication

2. LDAP or scripted authentication, if one of these methods is enabled. For more information about scripted authentication see "Set up user authentication with external systems."


Have questions? Visit Splunk Answers and see what questions and answers the Splunk community has around LDAP authentication with Splunk.

Last modified on 18 April, 2018
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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 7.0.0, 7.0.1, 7.0.2, 7.0.3, 7.0.4, 7.0.5, 7.0.6, 7.0.7, 7.0.8, 7.0.9, 7.0.10, 7.0.11, 7.0.13

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