As we have covered, in some depth, configurations in Splunk are simply directories of plain text files. Distribution essentially consists of copying these configurations to the appropriate machines and restarting the instances. You can either use your own system for distribution, such as puppet or simply a set of scripts, or use the deployment server included with Splunk.
The advantage of using your own system is that you already know how to use it. Assuming that you have normalized your apps as described in the section Using apps to organize configuration, deploying apps to a forwarder or indexer consists of the following steps: