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Why does Splunk service startup change permissions on outputs.conf to read only on my Windows universal forwarder?

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I am deploying new certificates to a number of UF's running on Windows Servers 2008 R2. This environment is restricted and I do not have admin rights on the server. Prior to the steps below I have full rights to the $SPLUNK_HOME directory and sub dirs.

During this process I stop the Splunk Universal Forwarder service, rename the existing outputs.conf to outputs.old and copy a new outputs.conf from a network share, then restart the UF service (as well as copying new cert files).

After starting splunk, the permissions (not file attributes) change from RW to Read only and I no longer have access to edit outputs.conf.

Is this expected behaviour and can I stop this from happening? I realize I can edit the existing outputs.conf file vs replacing it, but I would like to stop splunk from setting permissions at all.

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Motivator

This is just a shot in the dark, but your Windows admins might have GPO doing something when services restart.

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