I have a deployment server that is pushing apps to multiple universal forwarders without issues. Every time that I add an app, however, I have to physically log into the machine that the deployment server resides on, and drag the app from "apps" to "deployment-apps" for it to show up on the "Forwarder Management" tab on Splunk Web. Is there an easier way to do this? I want users to be able to add their own apps to the deployment server without having to log into the actual machine and move files.
If I am hearing you correctly, You are allowing your users to login to your DS (very bad idea, that is; I would never allow this) and install apps from
apps.splunk.com. Your expectation is that, having done so, the installed app would automatically deploy to all your forwarders. Is this correct? If not, you really need to explain yourself more because to a certain degree, your question seems to be "my DS is doing what a DS is supposed to do" which doesn't make sense to me.
In any case, it is a trivial matter to write a script to compare the apps in
$SPLUNK_HOME/etc/deployment-apps and synchronize them and the put this into a cron job that runs every 5 minutes.
The answer that I was looking for was in your last paragraph; the thing that was bothering me was having to manually move my apps from one folder to the other. And yes, I suppose I should limit the amount of people using my DS. Thanks for the answer.
I do not think this is a good idea, especially because most apps are not intended to run on forwarders, but hey, you're the admin, right?
Generally the apps that start with
Technology Add-ons) are supposed to be run on forwards so maybe you just do those.