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Before starting Packetbeat, you need to load the index template, which lets Elasticsearch know which fields should be analyzed in which way.
The recommended template file is installed by the Packetbeat packages. You can either configure Packetbeat to load the template automatically, or you can run a shell command to load the template:
To configure Packetbeat to load the template, you must enable the elasticsearch output. In the Packetbeat configuration file, uncomment the template part under elasticsearch output. By default the template is named packetbeat. Adjust the path to your template file.
output: elasticsearch: hosts: ["localhost:9200"] # A template is used to set the mapping in Elasticsearch # By default template loading is disabled and no template is loaded. # These settings can be adjusted to load your own template or overwrite existing ones template: # Template name. By default the template name is packetbeat. #name: "packetbeat" # Path to template file path: "packetbeat.template.json" # Overwrite existing template #overwrite: false
The template is loaded when you start Packetbeat. By default, if a template
already exists in the index, it is not overwritten. To overwrite an existing template,
overwrite: true in the configuration file.
You can load the template by running the following command:
deb or rpm:
curl -XPUT 'http://localhost:9200/_template/packetbeat' -d@/etc/packetbeat/packetbeat.template.json
cd packetbeat-1.2.3-darwin curl -XPUT 'http://localhost:9200/_template/packetbeat' -firstname.lastname@example.org
PS C:\Program Files\Packetbeat> Invoke-WebRequest -Method Put -InFile packetbeat.template.json -Uri http://localhost:9200/_template/packetbeat?pretty
localhost:9200 is the IP and port where Elasticsearch is listening.
If you’ve already used Packetbeat to index data into Elasticsearch, the index may contain old documents. After you load the index template, you can delete the old documents from packetbeat-* to force Kibana to look at the newest documents. Use this command:
curl -XDELETE 'http://localhost:9200/packetbeat-*'