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Can the universal forwarder route based on field found in the log message?

juniormint
Communicator

A file I am monitoring looks something like the following

[timestamp] index=layer1 message="123456"
[timestamp] index=layer2 message="123456"
[timestamp] index=layer3 message="123456"
[timestamp] index=layer3 message="123456"
[timestamp] index=layer1 message="123456"
[timestamp] index=layer1 message="123456"
[timestamp] index=layer2 message="123456"

Can the forwarder somehow use the user specified index field above to route events to corresponding layer1, layer2, layer3 indexes on my indexer?

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kristian_kolb
Ultra Champion

No. A universal forwarder cannot do that. It has no understanding of fields inside events. In fact, it does not even understand the concept of events. It's just a stream of data.

For that you need to set up a TRANSFORM, where you change the destination index based on event data. These types of operation takes place during the Parsing Phase. Install a Heavy Forwarder on the source system and do your config there, or keep the UF and do it on the Indexer. Read the relevant sections of the documentation:

http://wiki.splunk.com/Where_do_I_configure_my_Splunk_settings

http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/5.0.3/Indexer/Setupmultipleindexes#Route_specific_events...

Hope this helps,

Kristian

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