Splunk Universal Forwarder Script

Recently, in my new role of Splunk Admin, I took over maintaining our list of installed Universal Forwarders installed on Windows servers. In order to make my job and life a little bit easier, I dove into the world of PowerShell scripting. After many hours I came up with a simple script that would allow me to call a function called “UFCheck”, give it a server name, and the script would do the rest.

  1. It sets the Error Action to Silently Continue, for sanity reasons.
  2. It checks for the existence of the SplunkForwarder service in Windows and determines its state.
    1. If it is not running, it starts it and then returns the new status.
  3. If the SplunkForwarder service is running, it tells you it is already running.
  4. If the SplunkForwarder service is not present, it tells you it is not present on the system.
  5. After each Switch taken, it returns the Error Action to its default state.
$ErrorActionPreference = "SilentlyContinue" # Comment this out if you like red text

# Let us make this a function to make life easier
# Now, just type UFCheck -ComputerName "name_of_computer"
Function UFCheck {

    ) #Requiring the name of the computer as the "-ComputerName" parameter

    $Service = Get-Service -ComputerName $ComputerName SplunkForwarder # Checking for the existence of the SplunkForwarder service and feeding it $Service

        # Now it is time to see our results of $Service and choose TRUE or FALSE
        Switch ($Service.Name -eq "SplunkForwarder") {

            TRUE {
                If ($Service.Status -ne "Running") {
                    $Service.Start() #Starting the SplunkForwarder service and printing some pretty text to the console
                    Write-Host "Starting the SplunkForwarder service..."
                    Start-Sleep -Seconds 20
                    $Result = If (($_|get-service).status -eq "Running") {"started"} else {"NOT started"} # Check to see if it is running again after the start command from earlier and storing as $Result
                    Write-Host "The SplunkForwarder service was $Result successfully." # Showing the user our $Result from earlier
					$ErrorActionPreference = "Continue" # Putting things back to how they were
                ElseIf ($Service.Status -eq "Running") {
                    Write-Host "The SplunkForwarder service is already running." # Telling them it was already running, if it was already running
					$ErrorActionPreference = "Continue" # Putting things back to how they were
            FALSE {
                Write-Host "The SplunkForwarder service was not found." # Oh, no! The service is nowhere to be found. You know what to do next!
				$ErrorActionPreference = "Continue" # Putting things back to how they were

That’s it. It is simple, must be ran each time in order to call the function, because it does not store itself. I think that will be next.

If you have any recommendations on how to make the script better, please leave a comment below!

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