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Managing Universal Forwarders and Indexers hosts

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What is the best way to manage universal forwarders and indexers at scale?

By this I mean, If I have 10 indexers today, I specify those on the universal forwarders configuration (outputs.conf). If I add 3 new indexers will have to update every universal forwarder in my site?

This could be upwards to 200 machines running the universal forwarders that would need an update. I've read a few times that using a loadbalancer is not a good solution to reduce the overhead of managing the indexers list.

What is the best way to manage the indexers list and configuration on the forwarders?

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Re: Managing Universal Forwarders and Indexers hosts

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Probably best to use a Deployment Server to manage outputs.conf across all your indexers. Just build it as part of a deployed app.

Lots of documentation on using a deployment server:

[http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/5.0.3/Deploy/Aboutdeploymentserver][1]