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# Elastic Stack 6.0.0-beta2 released

Editor's Note (September 7, 2018): This post refers to X-Pack. Starting with the 6.3 release, the X-Pack code is now open and fully integrated as features into the Elastic Stack.

6.0.0-beta2 is available today!

Before you get too excited, keep in mind that this is still a beta so dont put it into production. There is no guarantee that any of the 6.0.0-beta versions will be compatible with other pre-releases, or the 6.0.0 GA. We strongly recommend that you keep this far, far away from production. And, since it is an beta, it is not yet available on Elastic Cloud.

During the 5.0 release, we introduced the Elastic Pioneer Program and are continuing the same program with the 6.0 preview releases. Download the preview release, provide feedback, become a Pioneer.

## Elasticsearch

For more detailed information, peruse the Elasticsearch detail post.

• In beta1 we removed default passwords. In beta2 we improved the experience by auto-generating the bootstrap.password setting

## Kibana

The road to 6.0 GA continues in Kibana with optimization, bug fixes, and more. Learn more information in the release notes.

## Logstash

For more information, grok the detail post.

• User feedback matters. This feedback resulted in a number of usability improvements in the Pipeline Visualizations in beta2.

## Beats

We dont let the beat drop but we drop the updates in a detail post.

• More consistency in Beats dashboards. We renamed the dashboards, searches, and visualisations of Filebeat and Metricbeat to follow a set of common naming guidelines. This makes it easier to know which dashboard or visualization comes from which module.
• Better Kafka output support. Weve upgraded the library we use for the Kafka integration, which brings support for newer Kafka versions and the option of compressing with lz4.
• Configurable index name associated with the Beats dashboards. By default, the dashboards show the data available in the <beatname>-* index, but you can now change the index name when loading the dashboards.