Splunk 9.0 Cluster Administration

This 3-virtual day course is for an experienced Splunk Enterprise administrator who is new to Splunk Clusters. The course provides the fundamental knowledge of deploying and managing Splunk Enterprise in a clustered environment. It covers installation, configuration, management, and monitoring of Splunk clusters.

While Splunk Clusters are supported in Windows environments, the class lab environment is running Linux instances only.


This course is designed for experienced Splunk Enterprise administrators who are new to Splunk Clusters.


To be successful, students should have a solid understanding of the following single-subject modules:

  • What is Splunk? 
  • Intro to Splunk 
  • Using Fields 
  • Intro to Knowledge Objects 
  • Creating Knowledge Objects
  • Creating Field Extractions

Students should also have completed the following courses:

Splunk System Administration
Splunk Data Administration 
Troubleshooting Splunk Enterprise

Course objectives

  • Large-scale Splunk Deployment Overview
  • Identify factors affecting large-scale Splunk deployments
  • Set up Splunk indexer clusters
  • Deploy and configure a Splunk search head cluster
  • Add new nodes into an existing cluster
  • Decommission nodes from an existing cluster
  • Deploy apps and configuration bundles in Splunk clusters
  • Manage KV store collections and lookups in Splunk clusters
  • Monitor and identify clustering issues with Monitoring Console
  • Scale Splunk indexer cluster with SmartStore

Course content

Module 1 – Splunk Troubleshooting Methods and Tools

  • Deployment Design Factors
  • How Splunk Enterprise can scale
  • Splunk License Master

Module 2 – Singe-site Indexer Cluster

  • How Splunk Single-Site Indexer Clusters Work
  • Indexer Cluster Components and Terms
  • Splunk single-site Indexer Cluster Configuration
  • Splunk Indexer Cluster Log Channels

Module 3 – Multisite Indexer Cluster

  • How Splunk Multisite Indexer Clusters Work
  • Multisite Indexer Cluster Terms
  • Multisite Indexer Cluster Configuration
  • Optional Multisite Indexer Cluster Configurations

Module 4 – Indexer Cluster Management and Administration

  • Peer Offline and Decommission
  • Manager App Bundles
  • Indexer Cluster Storage Utilization Options
  • Site Mapping
  • Monitoring Console for Indexer Cluster Environment
  • Cluster Manager Redundancy

Module 5 – Forwarder Management

  • Indexer Discovery
  • Optional Indexer Discovery Configurations
  • Volume-Based Forwarder Load Balancing

Module 6 – Search Head Cluster

  • Search Head Cluster Architecture
  • Search Head Cluster Configuration
  • Captaincy Identification and Cluster Status
  • Search Head Cluster Settings

Module 7 – Search Head Cluster Management

  • Search Head Cluster Deployer
  • Captaincy Transfer
  • Search Head Member Addition and Decommissioning
  • Monitoring Console for Search Head Cluster

Module 8 – KV Store Collection and Lookup Management

  • KV Store Collection in Splunk Custers
  • KV Store Monitoring with Monitoring Console

Module 9 – Introduction to Smart Store

  • SmartStore Deployment Use Cases
  • SmartStore Architecture Overview
  • Enable SmartStore in Indexer Cluster
  • Monitor SmartStore Status