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Where can I find detailed use cases/scenarios for using the HTTP Event collector in Splunk..?

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I have been through the blogs below on HTTP event collector, but I'm looking for detailed explanation/use cases on using the HTTP event collector.
According to my understanding, are we sending the data directly to an indexer using a HEC without a universal forwarder..?
In what scenarios would this be helpful..?

Any explanation would be appreciated. Thanks.

http://dev.splunk.com/view/SP-CAAAE6M

http://blogs.splunk.com/2015/09/22/turbo-charging-modular-inputs-with-the-hec-http-event-collector-i...

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SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

Hello @mcnamara,

You are right. More details from

http://blogs.splunk.com/2015/10/06/http-event-collector-your-direct-event-pipe-to-splunk-6-3/

HTTP Event Collector (EC) is a new, robust, token-based JSON API for sending events to Splunk from anywhere without requiring a forwarder. It is designed for performance and scale. Using a load balancer in front, it can be deployed to handle millions of events per second. It is highly available and it is secure. It is easy to configure, easy to use. A few other cool tidbits, it supports gzip compression, batching, HTTP keep-alive and HTTP/HTTPs.

If you are a developer looking to get visibility into your applications within Splunk, looking to capture events from external systems and devices (IoT), or you offer a product that you’d like to integrate with Splunk, HTTP Event Collector is the way to go

Picking up one example from @DamienDallimore , you can enable HEC in the java instrumentation app https://splunkbase.splunk.com/app/1716/
which is an instrumentation agent for tracing code level metrics via bytecode injection, JMX attributes/operations/notifications and decoded HPROF records and streaming these events directly into Splunk. The jvm might be running in any machine or container and you can collect the data directly from the source without the need of a forwader

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Re: Where can I find detailed use cases/scenarios for using the HTTP Event collector in Splunk..?

Builder

Thanks renjith..

It says using HEC the data is transferred over HTTP, what would be the transfer protocol when we use UF----->Splunk.

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SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

If I'm not wrong, Splunk uses their "Splunk protocol" inside TCP which is Splunk proprietary

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

If you are using HWF with HEC, then HTTP is the protocol that the HEC endpoint listens to. It then forwards on to Splunk using our proprietary S2S protocol which is TCP/IP.

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Builder

@renjith, @gblock...Thanks for the explanation, i wish i will implement this soon. 🙂

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

No problem. Good luck!

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Hello @mcnamara adding to the what was said above. HEC can be enabled on a heavy weight forwarder or an indexer. We don't support UF currently.

You can read more on our distributed deployment options here.

As to why we don't support UF, the main reason is that UF was designed to piggy back on a machine where other processes are running which it listens to. In the case of HEC it is designed for high volume and high scale. Having a dedicated tier of HWFs running HEC behind a load balancer (see the doc) like nginx makes sense for these kind of scenarios as they are dedicated.

As to indexers vs HWF, there are different tradeoffs to consider. Having HEC running on a single indexer is the out of the box single instance configuration. Running on multiple indexers is simpler to deploy for some cases as you don't need an additional special tier. However for maximum scale and throughput we'd recommend HWFs.

Hope this helps.

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Builder

@gblock...Thanks for the reply...

let's say if i have a mobile or client application, can i ask developer to send the data to HWF in a JSON format..?

client/mobile application---------------->HWF-------------------------->Splunk Indexer

1.Do i need to enable HEC on both HWF and Indexer..?
2.In the above workflow i want my HWF to not index locally, just route the data to Splunk Indexer.(does this tweak on HWF output.conf(indexAndForward = false) help me to use HWF to just forward)..?
3.After the data has been indexed by splunk indexer, does splunk autoextract key-value pairs even from JSON format..?

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

No, you don't have to enable HEC on the Indexer, only the forwarder.

Yes, it will just forward not index locally by default

It does autokv at search time but not at index time. We don't support JSON indexed extraction.
It does support regex extractions and transforms.