Unable to install Standalone Splunk when using docker-compose.yml


docker-compose.yml :



version: '3.9'

        image: splunk/splunk:latest
            - SPLUNK_START_ARGS='--accept-license'
            - SPLUNK_PASSWORD='password'
            - 8000:8000




running docker-compose up, i am unable to pass the ansible task:



TASK [splunk_standalone : Setup global HEC] 

fatal: [localhost]: FAILED! => {
 "cache_control": "private",
 "changed": false,
 "connection": "Close",
 "content_length": "130",
 "content_type": "text/xml; charset=UTF-8",
 "date": "Sun, 20 Jun 2021 02:30:20 GMT",
 "elapsed": 0,
 "redirected": false,
 "server": "Splunkd",
 "status": 401,
 "url": "",
 "vary": "Cookie, Authorization",
 "www_authenticate": "Basic realm=\"/splunk\"",
 "x_content_type_options": "nosniff",
 "x_frame_options": "SAMEORIGIN"

Status code was 401 and not [200]: HTTP Error 401: Unauthorized





However running without docker-compose i.e.

docker run -it -e "ANSIBLE_EXTRA_FLAGS=-vv" -e SPLUNK_START_ARGS=--accept-license -e SPLUNK_PASSWORD=password splunk/splunk:latest

would have no issue


Would anyone be able to provide any clues as to what might be the issue?

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Docker uses the /var filesystem to store and cache images, data, etc. Since /var is typically owned by root any container running needs read/write access to /var (or at least /var/lib/docker e.g.), which the Splunk user generally does not. The quickest fix is to grant sudo to your Splunk user.

Generally you will also need to create a Docker volume so that Splunk can have storage to create a virtual /opt/splunk directory within the container.

Some good documentation on that here:

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Loves-to-Learn Lots

Do you have a Splunk server listening on the URL in the error message?

 I found this when the targetUri for the UF was not being correctly configured.

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Loves-to-Learn Lots

I'm getting exactly the same message using splunk/universalforwarder:8.2.1

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