Fleet Serveredit

Fleet Server is a component of the Elastic Stack used to centrally manage Elastic Agents. It’s launched as part of an Elastic Agent on a host intended to act as a server. One Fleet Server process can support many Elastic Agent connections, and serves as a control plane for updating agent policies, collecting status information, and coordinating actions across Elastic Agents.

Fleet Server is the mechanism Elastic Agents use to communicate with Elasticsearch:

  1. When a new agent policy is created, it’s saved to Elasticsearch.
  2. To enroll in the policy, Elastic Agents send a request to Fleet Server, using the enrollment key generated for authentication.
  3. Fleet Server receives the request and gets the agent policy from Elasticsearch, then ships the policy to all Elastic Agents enrolled in that policy.
  4. Elastic Agent uses configuration information in the policy to collect and send data to Elasticsearch.
  5. Fleet Server periodically checks Elastic Agents for status information.
  6. When a policy is updated, Fleet Server retrieves the updated policy from Elasticsearch and sends it to the connected Elastic Agents.

Fleet Server handles communication between Elastic Agent

Fleet Server runs as a subprocess inside an Elastic Agent. The agent uses a special policy that describes the Fleet Server configuration. In large scale self-managed deployments or on hosted Elasticsearch Service on Elastic Cloud, Fleet Server is typically run as a dedicated Elastic Agent communication host, but you can optionally use it for data collection on self-managed clusters. For more details, refer to Scale your Fleet Server deployment.

Compatibility and prerequisitesedit

Fleet Server is compatible with the following Elastic products:

  • Elastic Stack 7.13 or later (hosted Elasticsearch Service on Elastic Cloud, or a self-managed cluster).

    • For version compatibility: Elasticsearch >= Fleet Server >= Elastic Agent (except for bugfix releases)
    • Kibana should be on the same minor version as Elasticsearch.
  • Elastic Cloud Enterprise 2.9—​requires you to self-manage the Fleet Server.
  • Elastic Cloud Enterprise 2.10 or later—​allows you to use a hosted Fleet Server on Elastic Cloud.

    • Requires additional wildcard domains and certificates (which normally only cover *.cname, not *.*.cname). This enables us to provide the URL for Fleet Server of https://.fleet..
    • The deployment template must contain an APM & Fleet node.

    For more information about hosting Fleet Server on Elastic Cloud Enterprise, refer to Manage your APM & Fleet Server.

Add a Fleet Serveredit

Before using Fleet for central management, Fleet Server must be running. The steps for running Fleet Server on our hosted Elasticsearch Service on Elastic Cloud are different from the steps for running it on a self-managed cluster.

No extra setup is required. Elastic Cloud runs a hosted version of Fleet Server.

To confirm that Fleet Server is available in your deployment:

  1. Log in to Kibana and go to Management > Fleet.
  2. Click the Agents tab.
  3. Under Agent policy, look for Elastic Cloud agent policy — Fleet Server is the agent enrolled in the Elastic Cloud agent policy. This policy is managed by Elastic Cloud. You cannot modify it. Confirm that the agent status is Healthy.

Don’t see the Fleet Server agent? Make sure your deployment includes an APM & Fleet node. This node is required to use Fleet Server.

Edit page showing settings for APM & Fleet node

Now you’re ready to add Elastic Agents to your host systems. To learn how, see Step 2: Add an Elastic Agent to Fleet.

Scale your Fleet Server deploymentedit

Coming in a future update.