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How to install a second Heavy Forwarder?

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Need to install a second heavy forwarder and doing so seems to be more difficult than it should be.

  • Is there a separate download for a heavy forwarder? I do not see such an instance in the download section, only universal forwarders.
  • If not, what needs to be downloaded?
  • How does it get configured?
  • Does the heavy forwarder require a separate license?

We have been told, via Professional Services that the heavy forwarder was akin to the universal forwarder in that it did not require a separate license. After opening a ticket with tech support, it has been stated that we do. Splunk documentation is robust but at the same time very arduous to work through and information from tech support & Splunk engineers is not always along the same path. I appreciate any direction anyone can provide to the questions above.

Thank you,


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Yes you can install a different HF. Use the same .tgz file you used for your other installation, but now "untar" that into a new directory.

No separate download needed. A HF is a full Splunk instance so you just need to use the Splunk Enterprise .tgz.

Configure it the same way as the first one. You will have a different web port, splunkd-port, etc but Splunk takes care of using different ones.

You don't need to use a different separate license, you can reference the license you have (somewhere in a Splunk instance of you environment functioning as a License Master)

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