Add a Fleet Serveredit

To use Fleet for central management, a Fleet Server must be running and accessible to your hosts. This page describes how to add a Fleet Server to an Elastic Cloud or self-managed 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.

How to add a Fleet Serveredit

The steps for running Fleet Server on our hosted Elasticsearch Service on Elastic Cloud are different from the steps for running it as self-managed.

Elastic Cloud runs a hosted version of Fleet Server. No extra setup is required unless you want to scale your deployment.

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.

Fleet Server hosted agent

When using our hosted Elasticsearch Service, it’s recommended that you use our hosted version of Fleet Server. However, you can choose to deploy and self-manage Fleet Servers.

Now you’re ready to add Elastic Agents to your host systems. To learn how, see Install Fleet-managed Elastic Agents.