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Could I install a search head and an indexer on different operating systems?

Communicator

Hello,

I have one Splunk instance (Windows) and I would like to add a Linux search head for the indexer. Could I do this? Will this cause problems?

Thanks

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Re: Could I install a search head and an indexer on different operating systems?

Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

This is fully supported. Refer to the documentation on configuring distributed search in order for your SH to use the indexer.

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Re: Could I install a search head and an indexer on different operating systems?

Communicator

thank you for your answer, i did not found the information in splunk docs.

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Re: Could I install a search head and an indexer on different operating systems?

Esteemed Legend

You can mix-and match HW and OS anywhere and it should work fine. The only exception is that if you use a Windows Deployment Server for Linux Forwarders, you are likely to have problems with permissions.

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Re: Could I install a search head and an indexer on different operating systems?

Communicator

No, i have a windows indexer which contains also the deployment server and i would like to add a linux search head for the entreprise security app

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Re: Could I install a search head and an indexer on different operating systems?

SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

Isn't the Windows Deployment Server for Linux Forwarders even worse? That's what we had in my last place and it was breaking the permission model every single time a deployment was made, so we ended up scripting a fix for it.

I thought this wasn't the case on a Linux Deployment Server for Windows Forwarders?

What is the alternative then? Have two deployment servers one for Windows and one for Linux?

Thanks,
Javier

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Re: Could I install a search head and an indexer on different operating systems?

Esteemed Legend

You are correct, I said it backwards. I went back and fixed my answer.

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Re: Could I install a search head and an indexer on different operating systems?

Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

There is one other notable exception: If you are using indexer clustering, all indexers must be at the same OS flavor and version AND Splunk needs to be at the exact same version on all peer nodes as well.
So you can't have five Windows boxes and two Linux servers be part of a cluster. But no sane person would consider doing that anyway....
I would generally try to stick with a homogeneous search, indexing & management environment as much as possible (preferably Linux) for all kinds of reasons.

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Re: Could I install a search head and an indexer on different operating systems?

Communicator

No, i have one indexer (windows) and i would add a linux search head, is this possible ?

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Re: Could I install a search head and an indexer on different operating systems?

SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

Yes, it is possible.

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