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How do I configure Splunk Heavy Forwarder (HF) to receive logs from SolarWinds SEM


I'm trying to set up a Proof of Concept (POC) environment for Splunk Heavy Forwarder (HF), which is receiving data from SolarWinds SEM.

We are using TCP Port 514 to forward logs from SolarWinds SEM. Both Splunk HF and SolarWinds are using free licenses.


SolarWinds has performed the forwarding configuration via the admin console. In the Splunk HF Inputs.conf file, details have been added as below:


connection_host = X.X.X.93

sourcetype = *

disabled = false

index = SolarWinds-index


Both instances are running on the AWS cloud, same subnet. When I check the Splunk HF interface with the Tcpdump command, I receive the following output:

Splunk Host Name - ip-X-X-X-72.ap-southeast-1.compute.internal

SolarWinds Host Name - ip-X-X-X-93.ap-southeast-1.compute.internal


00:58:05.726708 IP ip-X-X-X-72.ap-southeast-1.compute.internal.shell > ip-X-X-X-93.ap-southeast-1.compute.internal.36044: Flags [R.], seq 0, ack 3531075234, win 0, length 0

00:58:05.727636 IP ip-X-X-X-93.ap-southeast-1.compute.internal.36054 > ip-X-X-X-72.ap-southeast-1.compute.internal.shell: Flags [S], seq 3042331467, win 64240, options [ 1460,sackOK,TS  1136916397  0,nop,wscale 7], length 0


Splunk HF is receiving logs from the Universal Forwarder (UF) on the Windows server but didn't from SolarWinds SEM.


Can anyone advise on this issue?


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1st it's best to use some real syslog server instead of Splunk UF/HF even you can use also Splunk for that. For PoC you can use also Splunk, but in production you should switch this to something else.

Post under 1024 cannot used unless you are sunning process as root. You shouldn't run splunkd as root. For that reason you must switch port to e.g. 1514 or something similar and also configure SolarWindsSEM to use it. 

r. Ismo

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