Installation

Splunk Licensing Procedure

Communicator

A simple licensing question.

let's assume the environment is like this:

  1. There are 2 different indexers installed [ Indexer 1 ]------Distributed Search Link---------[ Indexer 2 ]

Q. In this case above, do I need 2 different indexer license / or can I have 1 large indexer license seeded into both indexers?

  1. [ Search Head ]----Distributed Search Link----[ Indexer ]

Q. In the case above, Does the search head need a license too? Is there such thing as search head license?

Thanks for your help in advance~!

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Communicator

Splunk is licensed by how much data you ingest daily. There is no specific licensing for individual servers. You should designate one Splunk instance, often a search head or a deployment server, as the license master and install your Enterprise license onto it. In all other Splunk Enterprise instances, you should point at that server's splunkd port for remote license. This can be accomplished by distributing the correct server.conf snippet from the deployment server, or through manual configuration in splunkweb.

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Communicator

You will need Splunk support to issue you three licenses (indexer 1, indexer 2, search head 3).

Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

A typical choice for a search head license is the splunk-forwarder.license which is a 1MB enterprise license that you are welcome to use on any search heads and forwarders. This is in $SPLUNK_HOME/etc, just waiting for you to copy/symlink it to splunk.license.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

search head generally doesn't need a license, since it's not indexing data. (Internal and summary data doesn't count against license.)

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