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Splunk Universal Forwarder No users exist. Please set up a user.

Greetings,

I was trying to add the universal forwarder the deployment server IP and got the error below.

C:\Program Files\SplunkUniversalForwarder\bin>splunk.exe set deploy-poll 10.0.0.4:8089
Splunk username: admin
Password: changeme
No users exist. Please set up a user.

To overcome it I followed the steps below.

Navigate to C:\Program Files\SplunkUniversalForwarder\etc\system\local

Edit(or create if not exist) user-seed.conf

[user_info]
USERNAME = admin_user_name
PASSWORD = <your password>

Restart splunk forwarder windows service. the file you just create would vanish, no worries. You can test your newly defined user/pass.

https://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/8.0.2/Security/Secureyouradminaccount

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