Configure Heartbeat to use X-Pack security

If you want Heartbeat to connect to a cluster that has X-Pack security enabled, there are extra configuration steps:

  1. Grant users access to secured resources.

    You can use role-based access control to grant Heartbeat users access to secured resources.

  2. Configure authentication credentials.

    To interact with a secured cluster, Heartbeat must either provide basic authentication credentials or present a client certificate.

  3. Configure Heartbeat to use encrypted connections.

    If encryption is enabled on the cluster, you need to enable HTTPS in the Heartbeat configuration.

  4. Set the password for the built-in monitoring user.

    Heartbeat uses the beats_system user to send monitoring data to Elasticsearch. If you plan to monitor Heartbeat in Kibana and have not yet set up the password, set it up now.

For more information about X-Pack security, see Securing the Elastic Stack.