X-Pack monitoring for Filebeat requires Elasticsearch 6.2 or later.
To configure Filebeat to collect and send monitoring metrics:
Create a user that has appropriate authority to send system-level monitoring
data to Elasticsearch. For example, you can use the built-in
beats_systemuser or assign the built-in
beats_systemrole to another user. For more information, see Setting Up User Authentication and Built-in Roles.
xpack.monitoringsettings in the Filebeat configuration file. If you configured Elasticsearch output, specify the following minimal configuration:
xpack.monitoring: enabled: true elasticsearch: username: beats_system password: somepassword
If you configured a different output, such as Logstash, you must specify additional configuration options. For example:
xpack.monitoring: enabled: true elasticsearch: hosts: ["https://example.com:9200", "https://example2.com:9200"] username: beats_system password: somepassword
Currently you must send monitoring data to the same cluster as all other events. If you configured Elasticsearch output, do not specify additional hosts in the monitoring configuration.
- Configure monitoring in Kibana.
To verify your monitoring configuration, point your web browser at your Kibana
host, and select Monitoring from the side navigation. Metrics reported from
Filebeat should be visible in the Beats section. When X-Pack security is enabled,
to view the monitoring dashboards you must log in to Kibana as a user who has the