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What's the significance of "add forward-server" on the universal forwarders?

Contributor

what's the significance of the add forward-server statement?

splunk add forward-server <host>:<port> -auth <username>:<password>

i'm documenting the forwarder install for some admins to read, and we previously had this step in there for a standalone deployment. i think we'll remove it though with our new distributed deployment.

according to the Answers and Docs it's optional, and i believe i'm hardcoding all the indexer addresses anyways in a forwarder package so it's not needed. it's just difficult for me to follow some of the docs because terminologies are used interchangeably and it sometimes becomes unclear.

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Re: What's the significance of "add forward-server" on the universal forwarders?

Builder

The purpose of this CLI command is to add an indexer (or heavy forwarder) to outputs.conf - in a basic setup this is the CLI way to tell your forwarder where to forward to.

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Re: What's the significance of "add forward-server" on the universal forwarders?

Explorer

I know this is a super old thread but I was wondering if you could clarify:

i believe i'm hardcoding all the indexer addresses anyways in a forwarder package so it's not needed.

Do you have some documentation on this process?

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks

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Re: What's the significance of "add forward-server" on the universal forwarders?

Motivator

The CLI command in question is used to configure receiving endpoint on Universal Forwarder. More info is available here. I am not sure if this is what you're looking for, but this definitely is a good starting point.

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Re: What's the significance of "add forward-server" on the universal forwarders?

Explorer

thankyou for the reply but i am specifically asking about hardcoding the indexer addresses in a forwarder package

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Re: What's the significance of "add forward-server" on the universal forwarders?

Motivator

In that case, you have to include outputs.conf with below settings, in your forwarder package.

## Syntax
[tcpout-server://<ip address>:<port>]

## Example
[tcpout-server://1.1.1.1:9997]

OR

##Syntax:
[tcpout:<target_group>]
server = [<ip>|<servername>]:<port>

##Example:
[tcpout:prod_indexer_group]
server = https://yourIndexer1:9997, https://yourIndexer2:9997

Please have a look at my other answer for more details on above settings. HTH!

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