Configure Winlogbeat to use X-Pack security

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

  1. Configure authentication credentials.

    To send data to a secured cluster through the elasticsearch output, Winlogbeat needs to authenticate as a user who can manage index templates, monitor the cluster, create indices, and read and write to the indices it creates.

  2. Grant users access to Winlogbeat indices.

    To search the indexed Winlogbeat data and visualize it in Kibana, users need access to the indices Winlogbeat creates.

  3. Configure Winlogbeat to use encrypted connections.

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

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

    Winlogbeat uses the beats_system user to send monitoring data to Elasticsearch. If you plan to monitor Winlogbeat 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.