since are trying to separate out splunk forwarder config ("inputs.conf") according to indexer. we defined forwarder conf like "/opt/splunkforwarder/etc/apps/IND1/inputs.conf", "/opt/splunkforwarder/etc/apps/IND2/inputs.conf" and restarted the splunk instance. but somehow it is not working..Do I need to define "IND1" and "IND2" as an app first?
inputs.conf, like all other configuration files, need to be either in an app's
default directory or its
local directory. So,
/opt/splunkforwarder/etc/apps/IND1/default/inputs.conf would work, for instance.
OK, because that's not what it said in your question...anyhow, you shouldn't need to "activate" this anywhere, just restart the Splunk instance and you should be good to go. Possible steps forward is to check btool output (
$SPLUNK_HOME/bin/splunk cmd btool inputs list --debug) to see if Splunk sees your defined inputs. If it does, you should check splunkd.log to see if there are any problems with the inputs you've defined.