I need to reuse universal forwarders which are at earlier were owned by other teams.
We are looking forward to take this decision to avoid unnecessary installation and deinstallation.
I need to change deployment server first is what I understood.
But since we have different Splunk Enterprise License , the forwarder license within UF would be different.
How can we own the splunk UF by license as well.
Is there any way to change it??? Or will it be more efforts to do that instead installing and deinstalling.
Or shall we upgrade it, will it work???
Are their any other trade offs we need to review? (ok with fishbucket one)
Splunk license is related only to daily indexed logs.
This means that Universal Forwarders don't have any impact on license costs, in other words you can install all the UFs you want.
Obviously more UFs means more logs to index and so more license consuption on Indexers, but anyway you don't pay license for UFs (as other competitor technologies).
It could be a little bit different on Heavy Forwarders bacause if you have a local copy of events you pay this license (really you pay twice this logs!), if insteal you haven't a local copy of logs, Heavy Forwarders are like Universal Forwarders: there's no additional costs for them and you can install all the HFs you want without additional costs.
Hi @gcusello ,
Other team is no more using Splunk setup and have nothing to do with UFs and logs now.
All are universal forwarders,it is just a part of owning the UF, can we change the license of of existing UF??
The forwarder license which we may have is to be put over existing UFs.
Can this be done?
sorry but I don't understand what you mean with "forwarder license": there isn't a forwarder license!
You can install all the forwarders you want and there isn't an owner of the forwarder, only the user you're using to run it (root or splunk in Linux, SYSTEM_LOCAL in Windows), but an owner of the process not of the license.
So at your question "can we change the license of of existing UF?" I answer with another question: with which type of license you would like to change the current one?
You can install an Heavy forwarder, usually isn't useful and consume more resources and anyway hasn't still a license.
You can install a Splunk Enterprise, but this hasn'r a sense!
If you want install another Universal Forwarder, there isn't any difference with the previous.
Hi @gcusello ,
License the one mentioned here
Anyways it doesn't claim any ownership I guess, so nothing to worry with these aspects.
to be honest, probably the easiest and the simpliest way is the next:
To simplify those step 2&3 use your favourite automation/installation tool like SCCM, ansible, puppet etc.
UF's license just for features. It's not connected to any customer => no need to update it when "owner" will change if you want to reuse current UF.