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Splunk Training + Certification

Splunk Enterprise Cluster Administration

Course Description

This 13.5-hour virtual course is for an experienced Splunk Enterprise administrator who is new to Splunk Clusters. The course provides the fundamental knowledge of deploying and managing Splunk Enterprise in a clustered environment. It covers installation, configuration, management, and monitoring of Splunk clusters.

While Splunk Clusters are supported in Windows environments, the class lab environment is running Linux instances only.

Instructor-led Training Schedule

Prerequisites Knowledge

To be successful, students should have a solid understanding of the following courses:

  •  Splunk Fundamentals 1
  •  Splunk Fundamentals 2
Or the following single-subject courses:
  • What is Splunk?
  • Intro to Splunk
  • Using Fields
  • Scheduling Reports and Alerts
  • Visualizations
  • Leveraging Lookups and Sub-searches
  • Search Under the Hood
  • Introduction to Knowledge Objects
  • Creating Knowledge Objects
  • Enriching Data with Lookups
  • Data Models
  • Introduction to Dashboards

Student should also have completed the following courses:

  • Splunk Enterprise System Administration
  • Splunk Enterprise Data Administration
  • Troubleshooting Splunk Enterprise

Course Topics

  • Large-scale Splunk Deployment Overview
  • Single-site Indexer Cluster
  • Multisite Indexer Cluster
  • Indexer Cluster Management and Administration
  • Forwarder Configuration
  • Search Head Cluster
  • Search Head Cluster Management and Administration
  • KV Store Collection and Lookup Management
  • SmartStore Implementation Overview

Course Objectives

  • Large-scale Splunk Deployment Overview
  • Identify factors affecting large-scale Splunk deployments
  • Set up Splunk indexer clusters
  • Deploy and configure a Splunk search head cluster
  • Decommission nodes from an exisiting cluster
  • Deploy apps and configuration bundles in Splunk clusters
  • Manage KV store collections and lookups in Splunk clusters
  • Monitor and identify clustering issues with Monitoring Console
  • Scale Splunk indexer cluster with SmartStore
Module 1 – Large-scale Splunk Deployment Overview
  • Factors that affecting deployment design
  • How Splunk Enterprise can scale
  • Splunk License Master
Module 2 – Single-site Indexer Cluster
  • How Splunk Single-Site Indexer Clusters Work
  • Indexer Cluster Components and Terms
  • Splunk Single-Site Indexer Cluster Configuration
  • Splunk indexer Cluster Log Channels
Module 3 – Multisite Indexer Cluster
  • How Splunk Multi-site Indexer Clusters Work
  • Multi-Site Indexer Cluster Terms
  • Multi-Site Indexer Cluster Configurations
  • Optional Multi-Site Indexer Cluster Configurations
Module 4 – Indexer Cluster Management and Administration
  • Peer offline and decommission
  • Master app bundles
  • Indexer Cluster Storage Utilization Options
  • Site Mapping
  • Monitoring Console for Indexer Cluster Environment
Module 5 – Forwarder Management
  • Indexer discovery
  • Optional Indexer Discovery Configurations
  • Volume-Based Forwarder Load Balancing
Module 6 – Search Head Cluster
  • Splunk Search Head Cluster Overview
  • Search Head Cluster Configuration
Module 7 – Search Head Cluster Management and Administration
  • Search Head Cluster Deployer
  • Captaincy Transfer
  • Search Head Member Addition and Decommissioning
  • Monitoring Console for Search Head Cluster
Module 8 – KV Store Collection and Lookup Management
  • KV Store Collection in Splunk Clusters
  • KV Store Monitoring with Monitoring Console
Module 9 – SmartStore Implementation
  • SmartStore Architecture Overview
  • Deploy and manage SmartStore