Set up a receiver
To collect logs from remote machines, you need to configure both a receiver and a forwarder. The receiver is the Splunk instance that will receive the data and can be either a Splunk indexer or or another forwarder configured to receive data from forwarders.
You can use Splunk Web to set up a Splunk instance to serve as a receiver. Log in to Splunk Web using the administrative account and go to Settings > Forwarding and Receiving:
Click Add new under the Receive data section:
Specify the TCP port that you want the receiver to listen on. The port is usually 9997:
Depending on the Splunk version, you might need to restart Splunk to apply the changes.