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Monitoring Windows data with Splunk Enterprise

Most of your Windows data can be added using the Splunk Add-on for Windows. For more information about using this Add-on, see Splunk Add-on for Windows.

Splunk software can index many different kinds of Windows data. This data can be pretty much anything: an Event Log channel, the Registry, or Active Directory. You also have available the standard set of Splunk inputs, such as files and directories, the network monitoring inputs, and scripted inputs.

The following specialized inputs are available if you configure the Splunk Universal Forwarder. For more information about getting data in using the methods below, see Splunk Enterprise Getting Data In Manual.

  • Windows Event Logs. Monitor events generated by the Windows Event Log service on any available event log channel on the machine. You can collect events on the local machine or remotely by using either a universal forwarder or Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).
  • Performance monitoring. Collect performance data on Windows machines with Splunk Enterprise and then alert or report on that data. Any performance counter that is available in Performance Monitor is also available to Splunk Enterprise. You can monitor performance locally or remotely through a universal forwarder or WMI.
  • Remote monitoring over WMI. Splunk can use WMI to access event log and performance data on remote machines.
  • Registry monitoring. You can monitor changes to the local Windows Registry using the Registry monitoring capability. You can use a universal forwarder to gather Registry data from remote machines.
  • Active Directory monitoring. Splunk Enterprise can audit any changes to the Active Directory including changes to user, group, machine, and group policy objects. You can forward Active Directory data to another Splunk Enterprise server.

The Splunk App for Windows Infrastructure

The Splunk App for Windows Infrastructure provides data inputs, searches, reports, alerts, and dashboards for Windows server and desktop management. You can monitor, manage, and troubleshoot Windows operating systems from one place. The app includes inputs for CPU, disk I/O, memory, event logs, configurations, and user data, plus a web-based setup UI for indexing Windows event logs.

Last modified on 15 February, 2020
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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk Cloud: 7.2.4, 7.2.6, 7.2.7, 7.2.8, 7.2.9

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