I'm having an issue with the authentication.conf file on my search head. I have the file managed in puppet with the necessary SAML configuration. When splunk restarts, the mapping of users to roles that was created by users signing into splunk gets cleared, because I don't want to have to keep adding users to that mapping.
This results in searches becoming orphaned by "disabled users" even though the users are still valid, and when they sign in the next time the searches are no longer orphaned.
What is the proper way to manage this configuration? Should I be placing the SAML configuration in a separate location? or would the file still get modified in a separate location?