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Upgrade or downgrade Splunk Light

This topic describes upgrading or downgrading Splunk Light. Paths include:

If you are upgrading or migrating to Splunk Light cloud service or Splunk Cloud, contact Splunk sales.

Upgrade Splunk Light to Splunk Enterprise

Upgrade Splunk Light (licensed, trial, or free) to a licensed version of Splunk Enterprise. Before you upgrade, note:

  • Downgrading from Splunk Enterprise to Splunk Light is not supported.
  • When you upgrade from Splunk Light to Splunk Enterprise, add-ons that you enabled continue to be active. You can access them from the Apps view in Splunk Enterprise.
  • By default, Splunk Light Home is the Search summary view. When you upgrade to Splunk Enterprise, clicking on the Splunk logo in the navigation bar opens the Search summary view, instead of Splunk Enterprise Home. To change the default app to Home, select launcher in the Splunk Enterprise Access controls settings page for the role or individual user.

Obtain a new Splunk Enterprise license

  1. In your Splunk Light instance, go to System > Licensing
  2. Click e-Store.
  3. Click Buy in the page header to review your license options to purchase Splunk Enterprise.
  4. Click Contact Us (sales@splunk.com) to purchase and obtain a new license key, which is typically a .lic file.

Upgrade to Splunk Enterprise

  1. In your Splunk Light instance, go to System > Licensing.
  2. Click Add License.
  3. Add your new license key file. You can drop your license file into the dialog, select a file, or copy and paste the license XML.
  4. After your license successfully validates, click Upgrade to Enterprise.
  5. Click Restart Now, as a restart is required to upgrade to Splunk Enterprise.
  6. Click OK when restart is successful.
  7. Log back into Splunk Enterprise.

Upgrade Splunk Light to a new version of Splunk Light

When you upgrade to a new version of Splunk Light (licensed, trial, or free), you install the new Splunk Light package directly over your existing deployment of Splunk Light. You can upgrade using Splunk Web or the command line.

Upgrade to new version of Splunk Light using Splunk Web

  1. Before you upgrade, back up all of your files.
  2. Confirm you are logged out of your current instance of Splunk Light.
  3. Confirm that no other processes can automatically start Splunk Light.
  4. Obtain a new version of a Splunk Light installation package.
  5. Launch and install the new Splunk Light installation package, following the installation wizard prompts. See the Splunk Light Installation Manual for more information about installing on your operating system.
  6. At the end of the installation wizard, a message displays stating "Welcome! You have upgraded Splunk. If your configuration files are out of date, they will be automatically updated. Is this okay?" Click Yes, go ahead. Splunk Light installs directly over your existing deployment.
  7. Splunk Light starts and overrides the previous version.

Upgrade to new version of Splunk Light using the command line

  1. Before you upgrade, back up all of your files.
  2. Open a shell prompt on the host that has the instance that you want to upgrade.
  3. Change to the $SPLUNK_HOME/bin directory.
  4. Run the $SPLUNK_HOME/bin/splunk stop command to stop the instance.
  5. Confirm that no other processes can automatically start Splunk Light.
  6. To upgrade and migrate, install the Splunk Light package directly over your existing deployment.
  7. Run the $SPLUNK_HOME/bin/splunk start command.
  8. After you review the changes and are ready to proceed with migration and upgrade, run $SPLUNK_HOME/bin/splunk start again.

Downgrade Splunk Light to Splunk Light Free

When you downgrade from Splunk Light (licensed or trial) to Splunk Light Free, your instance limits to the Splunk Light Free features and capabilities. If you had multiple accounts on this instance, the Splunk Light Free license restricts your access to a single administrator account. Your previous account settings, passwords, and configurations persist, but you cannot modify them in Splunk Light Free. If you upgrade this instance back to Splunk Light (or upgrade to Splunk Enterprise), your previous configurations restore.

Note: If you have a Splunk Light trial instance, and it is nearing expiration, you receive notifications that your instance is about to expire. You need to convert from Splunk Light Trial to Splunk Light Free before expiration, otherwise you will be unable to access your instance. If your license is expired, you receive a notice indicating your license is expired, and you can either get a license, add a license, or change to Splunk Light Free. If your license is expired and you continue to ingest data, you might be locked out of your account due to license violations. See License violations after five warnings and License expiration.

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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Light (Legacy): 7.3.0, 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.3, 7.3.4, 7.3.5, 7.3.6

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