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Can i run two splunk universal forwarders on a single windows server?

Engager

Hi,

I have one splunkforwader installed on my windows server which is configured by some other user, Now I want to have my own splunk forwarder to be set up without affecting any configuration files and forwarding of the 1st splunk forwarder, Is it possible? I have gone through this link http://wiki.splunk.com/Community:RunmultipleSplunksonone_machine regarding the same but the steps explained on this link has some deletion of files and directories from the 1st forwarder and then we have to copy that instance to a different directory, i'm not sure if that will affect the configuration of the 1st forwarder.

Please can anyone advice?

Thanks in advance 🙂

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Re: Can i run two splunk universal forwarders on a single windows server?

Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

The simple answer is no, Windows allows only 1 services.

The best alternative is to install 2 different services :
1 - an universal forwarder
2- a regular splunk with the "light weight forwarder" enabled.

But I still wonder why you would want to do such a thing, you will finish with duplicated data, extra license consumption, and a pain to maintain ?

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Re: Can i run two splunk universal forwarders on a single windows server?

Motivator

I'm with yannK. You probably should simply look into creating separate apps that you can call your own, rather than trying to make a new install work.

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Re: Can i run two splunk universal forwarders on a single windows server?

Engager

I think i was not very clear, Actually we have a pre-configured forwarder running on our windows server by other user, it is configured in such a way that it can only forward the logs which are registered on it, Also it has many features disabled like we can't install splunk_TA windows app on it to monitor CPU,Disk,Network Usage on the same server,I came across an option to install multiple forwarders from the link which i shared but i am not sure if deleting the files & directories from the existing forwarder and making an new instance out of it will affect the configuration of 1st instance

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