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How to configure universal forwarder or use environment variables to monitor folder in different Windows OS versions?


Using the Universal Forwarder I need to monitor a folder, so I am editing the inputs.conf file.

However, in Windows XP / Windows 2003 the folder is located in :

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users

In Windows 7 and later it is located in C:\ProgramData

I have tried to use the Windows environment variable %AllUsersProfile% but in the splunkd log filer I get an error:

TailingProcessor - Parsing configuration stanza: monitor://%allusersprofile%\Application Data\myfolder.
TailingProcessor - Input stanza path, '%allusersprofile%\Application Data\myfolder\' is not absolute. This is a configuration error and may not work / break things. Change this path to an absolute path.

So how can I use an environment variable or change the config so that it works on bother older and newer Windows OS?


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Thanks for the link strive - thats exactly what I needed.

One thing which fooled me - not being a programmer of any type or background - was that the environment variable I wanted to use I understood to be %variable% - however in the conf file it seems you need to use the format $variable

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The forum has removed all the back slashes from my post....

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