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Overview of the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector πŸ”—

This page provides a list of resources for using the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector.

Note

This project is currently in Beta. See Beta Definition for more information.

Refer to the following topics for an overview of the Collector:

Getting started πŸ”—

You need the following resources to get started using the Collector:

This distribution is supported on and packaged for a variety of platforms, including:

See examples for additional use cases.

Configuration πŸ”—

The following is a list of default configuration files. These files contain standard specifications and settings.

  • signalfx/splunk-otel-collector. full_config_linux.yaml includes comments and links to documentation. agent_config_linux.yaml is the recommended starting configuration for most environments.

  • Fluentd, which is only applicable to Helm or installer script installations. See the *.conf files and the conf.d directory. Common sources, including filelog, journald, and Windows Event Viewer are included.

Custom configuration πŸ”—

Read our docs on how to configure the Collector, including our advanced settings and other configuration sources.

Note

The SignalFx Smart Agent is deprecated and will reach end of support on June 30th, 2023. For details, see the Deprecation Notice. See Migrating from the SignalFx Smart Agent for resources and best practices to start using the Collector, which is the replacement for the Smart Agent.

Upstream OpenTelemetry Collector πŸ”—

You can use the upstream OpenTelemetry Collector instead of the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector, but the following features are not available:

  • Packaging, including installer scripts for Linux and Windows

  • Configuration management using Ansible or Puppet

  • Configuration sources

  • Several Smart Agent capabilities

  • Visualizations and correlations that are prepackaged in the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector

Note

Splunk officially supports the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector. Splunk only provides best-effort support for the upstream OpenTelemetry Collector.

To use the upstream OpenTelemetry Collector, follow these steps:

  1. Get the OpenTelemetry Collector contribution. This contribution includes receivers/exporters and vendor-specific components.

  2. Configure the upstream OpenTelemetry Collector. See upstream_agent_config.yaml for an example configuration for the upstream OpenTelemetry Collector. This configuration includes the recommended settings to ensure infrastructure correlation.

Troubleshooting πŸ”—

See Troubleshooting to resolve common issues using the OpenTelemetry Collector and the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector.