Splunk Search

How to install multiple search heads


Hi guys,

I have a distributed splunk environment where I have 1 search head and 3 indexers.
I would like to install second search head for maintenance reasons, so when I need to do kernel or splunk updates on first search head, second search head is still available for users.

How can I accomplish this. ? Any links to an how to would be great too.


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Are you planning to use Search Head Pooling, optionally with both heads behind a load balancer so your users can transparently be failed over to another head (during maintenance) ?

This link has some good info.

A few key points :

-you'll need shared storage(ie: NAS) so the search heads can share the same etc/apps , etc/users directorys

-each head maintains its own etc/system directory

-enable pooling on each head (simple to do using the CLI)

-if using local users, the etc/passwd file must be maintained on each search head.I prefer using LDAP authentication.

-if using a load balancer and alerting , setup the load balancer host name as the alert link hostname.



The steps are pretty much the same for your 2nd/3rd/4th search heads. You will, however, want to make sure that you copy/replicate your config apps/bundles to the additional search head so they use the same field extractions, lookups and such.

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Thanks for the link. I already saw this one.

I need to install my 2nd search head.

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