Use internal collection to send monitoring data

Use internal collectors to send Beats monitoring data directly to your monitoring cluster. Or as an alternative to internal collection, use Metricbeat collection. The benefit of using internal collection instead of Metricbeat is that you have fewer pieces of software to install and maintain.

To learn about monitoring in general, see Monitoring the Elastic Stack.

  1. Create a user that has appropriate authority to send system-level monitoring data to Elasticsearch. For example, you can use the built-in beats_system user or assign the built-in beats_system role to another user. For more information, see Setting Up User Authentication and Built-in Roles.
  2. Add the monitoring settings in the Filebeat configuration file. If you configured the Elasticsearch output and want to send Filebeat monitoring events to the same Elasticsearch cluster, specify the following minimal configuration:

    monitoring:
      enabled: true
      elasticsearch:
        username: beats_system
        password: somepassword

    If you configured a different output, such as Logstash or you want to send Filebeat monitoring events to a separate Elasticsearch cluster (referred to as the monitoring cluster), you must specify additional configuration options. For example:

    monitoring:
      enabled: true
      cluster_uuid: PRODUCTION_ES_CLUSTER_UUID 
      elasticsearch:
        hosts: ["https://example.com:9200", "https://example2.com:9200"] 
        username: beats_system
        password: somepassword

    This setting identifies the Elasticsearch cluster under which the monitoring data for this Filebeat instance will appear in the Stack Monitoring UI. To get a cluster’s cluster_uuid, call the GET / API against that cluster.

    This setting identifies the hosts and port numbers of Elasticsearch nodes that are part of the monitoring cluster.

  3. Start Filebeat.
  4. View the monitoring data in Kibana.