An ARM template deployment can include additional plugins, so long as those plugins can be downloaded from a public URI at deployment time.

Elastic Stack features (formerly X-Pack)edit

A trial license for the platinum features of the Elastic Stack can be deployed for Elasticsearch, and Kibana and Logstash if also deployed, using the following parameter


Select Yes to install a trial license of the Elastic Stack platinum features. A trial license provides access to platinum features for 30 days. a value of No deploys a free perpetual basic license, providing access to the basic features. These versions use a distribution with Elastic Stack features included in the installation, and the license applied determines which features are activated.

The default is Yes.

After the trial license period expires, the trial platinum features operate in a degraded mode.

You should update your license as soon as possible. You are essentially flying blind when running with an expired license. The license can be updated at any point before or on expiration, using the Update License API or Kibana UI, if available in the version deployed.

You can revert to a free perpetual basic license included with deployment by using the Start Basic API.

Azure repositoryedit

The ARM template can be configured with the Azure repository plugin to allow snapshotting of data within the cluster to an Azure storage account, and restoration of a snapshot. A separate Azure storage account can be used for this purpose or alternatively, the shared Azure storage account deployed as part of the template can be used.

It is recommended to use a separate storage account in another resource group with azure repository plugin so that deleting the resource group in which a cluster resides does not accidently delete snapshot data as well.

The following parameters can configure Azure repository

Either Yes or No to install the Azure repository plugin. Default is No.
Optional name of an existing storage account to configure Azure repository plugin. Must be a valid Azure Storage Account name. If no value is passed and azureCloudPlugin is Yes, the shared storage account deployed with the template will be used.
Optional name of the resource group in which the existing storage account named in azureCloudStorageAccountName is located, to configure Azure repository plugin. If the storage account exists in the resource group targeted by the deployment, this can be left empty.

The Azure repository plugin does not create the container within the storage account when creating a repository using the Snapshot API; the container must be created before creating a repository

Azure CLI 2.0.

# jq needs to be installed
export AZURE_STORAGE_CONNECTION_STRING="$(az storage account show-connection-string \
  --name '<storage account name>' --resource-group '<resource group>' \
      | jq -r .connectionString)"

az storage container create --name "<container name>"

Azure PowerShell.

Set-AzureRmCurrentStorageAccount -ResourceGroupName "<resource group>" `
    -Name "<storage account name>"
New-AzureStorageContainer -Name "<container name>"

then the Azure repository can be created using the Snapshot API

PUT _snapshot/backup_1
  "type": "azure",
  "settings": {
    "container": "<container name>"

Miscellaneous pluginsedit

Other plugins can be installed at deployment time using the following parameter


Additional Elasticsearch plugins to install. Each plugin name must be separated by a semicolon. For example,


Any additional plugins installed are added to the plugin.mandatory setting in elasticsearch.yml configuration, to ensure that a node will start only when it has all mandatory plugins.