Splunk® Add-on for Windows

Deploy and Use the Splunk Add-on for Windows

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Install the Splunk Add-on for Windows

Install the Splunk Add-on for Windows:

  1. Determine where and how to install this add-on in your deployment, using the tables on this page.
  2. Perform any prerequisite steps before installing, if required and specified in the tables on this page.
  3. Complete your installation.

If you need step-by-step instructions on how to install an add-on in your specific deployment environment, see the installation walkthroughs section at the bottom of this page for links to installation instructions specific to a single-instance deployment, distributed deployment, Splunk Cloud, or Splunk Light.

Distributed deployments

Use the tables below to determine where and how to install this add-on in a distributed deployment of Splunk Enterprise or any deployment for which you are using forwarders to get your data in. Depending on your environment, your preferences, and the requirements of the add-on, you may need to install the add-on in multiple places.

Where to install this add-on

Unless otherwise noted, all supported add-ons can be safely installed to all tiers of a distributed Splunk platform deployment. See Where to install Splunk add-ons in Splunk Add-ons for more information.

This table provides a reference for installing this specific add-on to a distributed deployment of the Splunk platform.

Splunk instance type Supported Required Comments
Search Heads Yes Yes 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 add-on performs index-time extractions that necessitate installation on an indexer. The Indexer can run on any supported OS as long as the associated Heavy Forwarder is running a supported version of Windows.
Heavy Forwarders Yes Conditional This add-on supports forwarders of any type for data collection. The Heavy Forwarder must run on 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.

Distributed deployment feature compatibility

This table describes the compatibility of this add-on with Splunk distributed deployment features.

Distributed deployment feature Supported Comments
Search Head Clusters Yes You can install this add-on on a search head cluster for all search-time functionality, but configure inputs on forwarders to avoid duplicate data collection.
Before installing this add-on to a cluster, make the following changes to the add-on package:
Remove the inputs.conf file.
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.

Installation walkthroughs

The Splunk Add-Ons manual includes an Installing add-ons guide that helps you successfully install any Splunk-supported add-on to your Splunk platform.

For a walkthrough of the installation procedure, follow the link that matches your deployment scenario:

Installation and configuration overview for the Splunk Add-on for Windows
Install the Splunk Add-on for Windows with Forwarder Management

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Add-on for Windows: 5.0.1, 6.0.0

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