The Microsoft Azure Marketplace solution is a preconfigured template to deploy an Elasticsearch cluster, Kibana, and Logstash to Azure.

The solution provides a UI within the Azure portal that guides you through a series of steps in which you provide the minimum number of input parameters needed to deploy an Elasticsearch cluster to Azure. Following the last step, the UI feeds the provided parameter values to an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template which deploys the requested Azure resources to a resource group, and, in a matter of minutes, you have a running cluster!

The ARM template used by the Marketplace offering for deploying resources can be used independently from and outside of the Azure portal using Azure CLI or Azure PowerShell command line tools.

Read on to see how to use either to get a cluster up and running on Azure.