We have a large number of 3.x splunk saved searches that I need to import into our new splunk 4.x distributed search server. I see that the format of the saved searches are very different. Is this at all possible? I would like to avoid having to manually enter each saved search.
Actually, in most cases you can just copy the entire savedsearches.conf file. While 4.x changes settings names, the old ones are still recognized. A slightly more reliable way is to install 4.x over the 3.x instance and start it up, which will run the auto-migration that will update the files.
I found this other posting that might help answer your question. Unfortunately, there will be a little manual work involved.
There are also several pages of documentation that describes migrating saved searches on Splunk.com
I hope that helps.