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Install and configure Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector 🔗

The OpenTelemetry Collector uses pipelines to receive, process, and export trace data with components known as receivers, processors, and exporters. You can also add extensions that provide an OpenTelemetry Collector with additional functionality, such as diagnostics and health checks.

The OpenTelemetry Collector has a core version and a contributions version. The core version provides receivers, processors, and exporters for general use. The contributions version provides receivers, processors, and exporters for specific vendors and use cases.

Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector is a distribution of the OpenTelemetry Collector. The distribution is a project that bundles components from OpenTelemetry Core, OpenTelemetry Contrib, and other sources to provide data collection for multiple source platforms. The customizations in the Splunk distribution include these features:

  • Better defaults for Splunk products

  • Fluentd for log capture

  • Tools to support migration from SignalFx products

Here is an overview of the process for using the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector:

  1. Install the collector. Get instructions for installing the collector on a variety of platforms.

  2. Configure the collector. Download default and advanced configuration files.

  3. Use the OpenTelemetry Collector with Splunk Observability Cloud. Determine your access token, realm, and deployment mode to start using the collector.

  4. Troubleshoot issues when collecting data. Try these troubleshooting techniques and learn how to open a support request.

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Note

Splunk Observability Cloud offers a guided setup to install the collector.

  1. Select Data Setup from the Observability Cloud main menu.

  2. Select Splunk OpenTelemetry Connector.

  3. Select your platform.

  4. Follow the step-by-step process provided in the wizard.

This guide provides information to install the collector without using the guided setup.