Step 5: Set up the Kibana dashboardsedit

Winlogbeat comes packaged with example Kibana dashboards, visualizations, and searches for visualizing Winlogbeat data in Kibana. Before you can use the dashboards, you need to create the index pattern, winlogbeat-*, and load the dashboards into Kibana. To do this, you can either run the setup command (as described here) or configure dashboard loading in the winlogbeat.yml config file.


Starting with Beats 6.0.0, the dashboards are loaded via the Kibana API. This requires a Kibana endpoint configuration. You should have configured the endpoint earlier when you configured Winlogbeat. If you didn’t, configure it now.

Make sure Kibana is running before you perform this step. If you are accessing a secured Kibana instance, make sure you’ve configured credentials as described in Step 2: Configure Winlogbeat.

To set up the Kibana dashboards for Winlogbeat, use the appropriate command for your system.

Open a PowerShell prompt as an Administrator (right-click the PowerShell icon and select Run As Administrator). If you are running Windows XP, you may need to download and install PowerShell.

From the PowerShell prompt, change to the directory where you installed Winlogbeat, and run:

PS > winlogbeat setup --dashboards