Splunk Enterprise 7.3 Data Administration

Splunk Enterprise 7.3 Data Administration

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This 3 virtual day course is designed for administrators who are responsible for getting data into Splunk Indexers. The course provides the fundamental knowledge of Splunk forwarders and methods to get remote data into Splunk indexers. It covers installation, configuration, management, monitoring, and troubleshooting of Splunk forwarders and Splunk Deployment Server components.


  • Deploy forwarders with Forwarder Management
  • Splunk Configuration Files
  • Configure common Splunk data inputs
  • Customize the input parsing process


3 Days


Module 1 -Introduction to Data Administration

  • Splunk overview
  • Splunk configuration files
  • Index and search time precedence
  • Use btool to retrieve configuration information

Module 2 - Getting Data In - Staging

  • List the four phases of Splunk Indexing
  • Describe data input types and default metadata settings
  • Describe the differences between the input and parsing phase
  • Configure initial input testing with Splunk Web

Module 3 - Configuring Forwarders

  • Understand the role of production Indexers and Forwarders
  • Understand the functionality of Universal Forwarders and Heavy Forwarders
  • Configure Forwarders
  • Identify additional Forwarder options

Module 4 - Heavy Forwarders & Forwarder Management

  • Describe the heavy forwarder, configuration, and use cases
  • Describe Splunk deployment server and forwarder management
  • Manage forwarders using deployment apps
  • Configure deployment clients and client groups
  • Monitor forwarder management activities

Module 5 - Monitor Inputs

  • Create file and directory monitor inputs
  • Use optional settings for monitor inputs
  • Deploy a remote monitor input

Module 6 - Network and Scripted Inputs

  • Create network (TCP and UDP) inputs
  • Describe optional settings for network inputs
  • Create a basic scripted input

Module 7 - Windows & Agentless Inputs

  • Describe Windows specific inputs.conf stanzas and attributes
  • Identify Windows input types and uses
  • Understand additional options to get data into Splunk HTTP Event Collector

Module 8 - Fine Tuning Inputs

  • Understand the default processing that occurs during input phase
  • Configure input phase options, such as sourcetype fine-tuning and character set encoding

Module 9 - Parsing Phase and Data

  • Understand the default processing that occurs during parsing
  • Optimize and configure event line breaking
  • Explain how timestamps and time zones are extracted or assigned to events
  • Use Data Preview to validate event creation during the parsing phase

Module 10 - Manipulating Raw Data

  • Explain how data transformations are defined and invoked
  • Use transformations with props.conf and transforms.conf to:
  • Mask or delete raw data as it is being indexed
  • Override sourcetype or host based upon event values
  • Route events to specific indexes based on event content
  • Prevent unwanted events from being indexed
  • Use SEDCMD to modify raw data

Module 11 - Supporting Knowledge Objects

  • Define default and custom search time field extractions
  • Control automatic field extraction
  • Define the pros and cons of index time field extractions
  • Configure indexed field time extractions

Module 12 - Splunk Diag

  • Describe a Splunk diag
  • Generate a Splunk diag





  • Splunk Fundamentals 1
  • Splunk Fundamentals 2

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