Splunk® Add-on for Windows

Deploy and Use the Splunk Add-on for Windows

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Platform and hardware requirements

Hardware and operating system requirements

The Splunk Add-on for Windows installs onto any type of Splunk Enterprise instance. On Splunk Enterprise instances that run Splunk Web, it has a single configuration panel as an interface. On universal forwarders, you must configure the add-on with configuration files.

The add-on installs on Splunk Enterprise instances that run on many current versions of Windows, including:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2008/2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012/2012 R2

The add-on does not support:

  • Windows 95/98/Me
  • Windows NT Workstation/Server 3.1/3.5/4.0
  • Windows 2000 Workstation/Server
  • For details about supported versions of Windows for Splunk, see System requirements in the Splunk Enterprise Installation Manual.
  • For details on how and where to deploy the Splunk Add-on for Windows, including installation on other operating systems, read "Other deployment considerations" in this manual.

Distributed installation of this add-on

This table provides a reference for installing the Splunk Add-on for Windows onto a distributed deployment of Splunk Enterprise.

Splunk instance type Supported Required Comments
Search Heads Yes No If you want Windows data from a host that acts as a search head, install the add-on there. The host must run a supported version of Windows.
Indexers Yes Yes The host must run a supported version of Windows. The add-on performs index-time extractions that necessitate installation on an indexer.
Heavy Forwarders Yes No The host must run a supported version of Windows.
Universal Forwarders Yes Yes You must install the add-on into a universal forwarder on a host to get data from that host. The host must run a supported version of Windows.
Light Forwarders Yes No The host must run a supported version of Windows.

Distributed deployment compatibility

This table provides a quick reference for the compatibility of this add-on with Splunk distributed deployment features.

Distributed deployment feature Supported Comments
Search Head Clusters Yes
Indexer Clusters Yes To get data from an indexer cluster member, install the add-on into that member.
Deployment Server Yes You can deploy the add-on to indexers, forwarders, and search heads.

What versions of Splunk does the add-on support?

All instances of Splunk in a Splunk Add-on for Windows deployment must also run a version between 6.0 and 7.3.

Last modified on 18 July, 2019
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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Add-on for Windows: 4.7.0, 4.7.1, 4.7.2, 4.7.3, 4.7.4, 4.7.5, 4.8.0, 4.8.1, 4.8.2, 4.8.3, 4.8.4


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