Welcome to Brewing in Beats! With this series, we're keeping you up to date with all that's new in Beats, from the details of work in progress pull requests to releases and learning resources.
Kafka output: configurable partitioning strategies
The Kafka output in libbeat now implements several strategies for selecting the Kafka partition: hash, round robin, random. The hash partitioner works on a key configured via the string formatter (i.e. can be a field or a combination of fields).
Long running Filebeat tests
To detect potential issues with long running filebeat instances, a test set up was created. Metricbeat is used to monitor Filebeat and report the open file handlers from the operating system to Elasticsearch.
Log total internal metrics values on shutdown
The Beats now dump their internal metrics on shutdown at INFO level. This completes the effort of reducing the log verbosity on INFO/WARN while still providing the needed information for troubleshooting.
Docs on Metricbeat container support
Packetbeat: IPv6 support for matching processes
When running on the same host as the monitored application, Packetbeat can correlate the network traffic with the process that created the traffic based on data in the proc file system. This PR, coming from a community contribution by @raboof, makes this work also when IPv6 addresses are involved.
Packetbeat: display IP addresses when listing the devices
Sample dashboards import/export improvements
We’ve got several small fixes and improvements for the scripts that we use to save, package, and load the sample dashboards.
Fix panic on empty host array
This was affecting the libbeat Logstash output, in the master version only.