Installing Splunk on Windows


Video Transcript


Hello. This is Teddy Hose, part of the Splunk education team. In this video, I will show you how to install Splunk onto a Windows server.

First, we need to get the software from We click the free Splunk button in the top right of the interface, then the free download button for Splunk Enterprise. Clicking the Windows button, we are given an option to download the 32 or 64-bit version. If you are unsure if your system is 32 or 64-bit, you can check the system type in your system properties.

As you can see, this server is 64-bit, so we can install that version. If we saw a system type of 32-bit, you would download the 32-bit version.

After downloading the installer, we run it by double-clicking it. The setup wizard will run a quick check to make sure your system meets requirements and then display their license screen. There's a button to view the license agreement and a checkbox to accept it.

At this point, we can either install Splunk with the defaults or customize our installation. Let's click on Customize Options to see what settings can be changed. The first option is to change the installation location of Splunk. We are fine with this location, so we click Next.

Now we must choose what account type to install Splunk as-- local system or domain account. A local system account will allow Splunk to access all data on or forwarded to this machine. A domain account will allow you to collect logs and metrics from remote machines, as well as local and forwarded data. You're required to provide a domain account with the proper domain rights to use this type.

The local system works well for us, so we click Next. We can select to have a shortcut to Splunk added to Start Menu and click Install. Once installed, we can select to have Splunk launch and click Finish.

The Splunk web interface opens in our default browser. We enter the default username of "admin" and a password of "changeme." A dialog box appears asking us to change our password. It is always a best practice to do this. Once logged in, we are taken to the Splunk home app.

That's all it takes to get Splunk installed on Windows. Now dig in and start exploring.