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How to configure the Linux Auditd app to consolidate data from a host?


I have one indexer and one forwarder. My Splunk Enterprise (Indexer) has the Linux Auditd app installed and I have my forwarder sending audit logs to an index that is using the linux auditd app on my My Splunk Enterprise. On my forwarder, I configured it to monitor the /var/log/audit/audit.log so my indexer would receive that data. So now I am wondering why TA_linux-auditd is installed with a inputs.conf file that is also configured to monitor /var/log/audit/audit.log? If my inputs.conf on my forwarder is use to specify which file to monitor, then what is the TA_linux-auditd's inputs.conf on my Splunk Enterprise used for. I hope that makes sense. I am very new to Splunk. If there are any resources out there that explain more about what the following .conf files are used for please let me know.


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The one in the app is used to establish default values. You only need to copy the stanza header (the line that begins with [ and ends with ] and the settings that go with it that you need to change (probably none, except for disabled=1 which you need to change to disabled=0).

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I am still confused as to why the app on my indexer would need default values. inputs.conf on my forwarder is set to monitor /var/log/audit/audit.log so it can forward that data to my indexer. If my indexer also has its own local/inputs.conf with default values, is that so I can monitor the /var/log/audit/audit.log file on my indexer and forward that data to another spunk instance if I had my topology setup that way?

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