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Why am I receiving errors when attempting to start Splunk in the Windows CLI?

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I was getting connection refused in the browser (localhost:8000/en-US/app/launcher/home). I was able to start splunk in Windows Services, but received the following Access Denied errors when attempting to start the service in the CLI. Any idea why? I was not logged in as a system admin in case that matters.

C:\Program Files\Splunk\bin>splunk start

Splunk> Like an F-18, bro.

Checking prerequisites...
Checking http port [8000]: open
Checking mgmt port [8089]: open
Checking appserver port [127.0.0.1:8065]: open
ERROR - Failed opening "C:\Program Files\Splunk\var\log\splunk\splunkd-utility.log": Access is denied.
Checking configuration... Done.
Failed to open splunk.secret 'C:\Program Files\Splunk\etc\auth\splunk.secret' file. Some passwords will not work. errno=Access is denied.
Unable to read 'C:\Program Files\Splunk\etc\auth\splunk.secret' file.
Checking critical directories... Done
ERROR - Failed opening "C:\Program Files\Splunk\var\log\splunk\splunkd-utility.log": Access is denied.
Checking indexes...
homePath='C:\Program Files\Splunk\var\lib\splunk\audit\db' of index=_audit on unusable filesystem.
Validating databases (splunkd validatedb) failed with code '1'. If you cannot resolve the issue(s) above after consulting documentation, please file a case online at splunk.com/page/submit_issue
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Re: Why am I receiving errors when attempting to start Splunk in the Windows CLI?

That very much reads like a permissions problem. Using the account from which you tried to start Splunk, can you access those files?

C:\Program Files\Splunk\var\log\splunk\splunkd-utility.log
C:\Program Files\Splunk\etc\auth\splunk.secret
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Re: Why am I receiving errors when attempting to start Splunk in the Windows CLI?

Explorer

I can open the first, but receive access denied on the second when running the CLI with a non-admin account. Ran as Admin and was able to open both. Newbie B-P

Thanks!

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Re: Why am I receiving errors when attempting to start Splunk in the Windows CLI?

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SplunkTrust

When restarting splunk from CLI, did you open the Command prompt as Administrator?

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Re: Why am I receiving errors when attempting to start Splunk in the Windows CLI?

Explorer

Not at first, but that was the problem. Ran Command prompt as Administrator and no more errors received.

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Re: Why am I receiving errors when attempting to start Splunk in the Windows CLI?

Contributor

try setting this

$SPLUNKHOME/etc/splunk-launch.conf:
OPTIMISTIC
ABOUTFILELOCKING = 1

This error should encounter when installing splunk on mac0s
https://answers.splunk.com/answers/600702/problem-installing-splunk-enterprise-on-macos-1013-1.html

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Re: Why am I receiving errors when attempting to start Splunk in the Windows CLI?

So that you can close this out, I'll post this as an answer:

That very much reads like a permissions problem. Try running Splunk as an admin-level user. That should give you permissions to read and write the appropriate files.

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