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Managing configurations in Splunk Enterprise

To help maximize the value of your users receive from Splunk Enterprise, the friendly Splunk Customer Success team created this quick reference list that highlights how customers can best manage configurations in Splunk Enterprise. Splunk Enterprise has about 50 configuration files that define and manage everything from alerts to workflow actions, including tags, custom time ranges, REST endpoints, indexing properties, and data inputs. 

  • Get familiar with the configuration files and when to restart Splunk Platform after a configuration file change for a direct .conf edit to apply.

  • Find an especially important source type and resolve data quality issues to make sure it's set up for success.

  • Use btool to troubleshoot configurations. A command line tool that can help you troubleshoot configuration file issues or see what values are being used by your Splunk Enterprise installation.

  • Review at the timestamps in your data. Configure timestamp recognition to make sure Splunk Enterprise doesn't waste time trying to figure out the right date-time stamp to use

  • Define and tune event breaks. You almost certainly have some multi-line events. Figuring out what's mutli-line can be taxing on the indexers. Set the segmentation for event data to optimize your source types with what you've learned about .conf files.

  • Create a source type using .conf files.