The following method involves sending the metrics to the production cluster, which ultimately routes them to the monitoring cluster. For an alternative method, see Metricbeat collection.
To learn about monitoring in general, see Monitoring the Elastic Stack.
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.
monitoringsettings in the Packetbeat configuration file. If you configured the Elasticsearch output and want to send Packetbeat 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 Packetbeat monitoring events to a separate Elasticsearch cluster (referred to as the monitoring cluster), you must specify additional configuration options. For example:
- Start Packetbeat.
- View the monitoring data in Kibana.