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Splunk 7 Essentials - Third Edition by Betsy Page Sigman, Erickson Delgado, J-P Contreras

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Universal forwarder

A Splunk universal forwarder is a very small piece of Splunk software which resides on other machines and proactively sends data to downstream Splunk Enterprise components, most commonly for data indexing. A common example for the use of universal forwarders is for sending OS logs from either Windows or Linux servers to the central Splunk Enterprise instance, to monitor a variety of items.

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