To monitor Logstash nodes:
Identify where to send monitoring data. This cluster is often referred to as the production cluster. For examples of typical monitoring architectures, see How Monitoring Works.
To visualize Logstash as part of the Elastic Stack (as shown in Step 6), send metrics to your production cluster. Sending metrics to a dedicated monitoring cluster will show the Logstash metrics under the monitoring cluster.
Verify that the
trueon the production cluster. If that setting is
false, the collection of monitoring data is disabled in Elasticsearch and data is ignored from all other sources.
Configure your Logstash nodes to send metrics by setting the
logstash.yml. If X-Pack security is enabled, you also need to specify the credentials for the built-in
logstash_systemuser. For more information about these settings, see Monitoring Settings.
If SSL/TLS is enabled on the production cluster, you must connect through HTTPS. As of v5.2.1, you can specify multiple Elasticsearch hosts as an array as well as specifying a single host as a string. If multiple URLs are specified, Logstash can round-robin requests to these production nodes.
If X-Pack security is disabled on the production cluster, you can omit these
If SSL/TLS is enabled on the production Elasticsearch cluster, specify the trusted CA certificates that will be used to verify the identity of the nodes in the cluster.
To add a CA certificate to a Logstash node’s trusted certificates, you can specify the location of the PEM encoded certificate with the
Alternatively, you can configure trusted certificates using a truststore (a Java Keystore file that contains the certificates):
xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.ssl.truststore.path: /path/to/file xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.ssl.truststore.password: password
Also, optionally, you can set up client certificate using a keystore (a Java Keystore file that contains the certificate):
xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.ssl.keystore.path: /path/to/file xpack.monitoring.elasticsearch.ssl.keystore.password: password
Set sniffing to
trueto enable discovery of other nodes of the elasticsearch cluster. Defaults to
- Restart your Logstash nodes.
To verify your X-Pack monitoring configuration, point your web browser at your Kibana host, and select Monitoring from the side navigation. Metrics reported from your Logstash nodes should be visible in the Logstash section. When security is enabled, to view the monitoring dashboards you must log in to Kibana as a user who has the
Re-enabling Logstash Monitoring After Upgradingedit
When upgrading from older versions of X-Pack, the built-in
user is disabled for security reasons. To resume monitoring,
change the password and re-enable the logstash_system user.
You can set the following
xpack.monitoring settings in
control how monitoring data is collected from your Logstash nodes. However, the
defaults work best in most circumstances. For more information about configuring
Logstash, see logstash.yml.
General Monitoring Settingsedit
Monitoring is disabled by default. Set to
trueto enable X-Pack monitoring.
The Elasticsearch instances that you want to ship your Logstash metrics to. This might be
the same Elasticsearch instance specified in the
outputssection in your Logstash configuration, or a different one. This is not the URL of your dedicated monitoring cluster. Even if you are using a dedicated monitoring cluster, the Logstash metrics must be routed through your production cluster. You can specify a single host as a string, or specify multiple hosts as an array. Defaults to
- If your Elasticsearch is protected with basic authentication, these settings provide the username and password that the Logstash instance uses to authenticate for shipping monitoring data.
Monitoring Collection Settingsedit
Controls how often data samples are collected and shipped on the Logstash side.
10s. If you modify the collection interval, set the
kibana.ymlto the same value.
X-Pack monitoring TLS/SSL Settingsedit
Optional setting that enables you to specify a path to the
.pemfile for the certificate authority for your Elasticsearch instance.
- Optional settings that provide the paths to the Java keystore (JKS) to validate the server’s certificate.
- Optional settings that provide the password to the truststore.
- Optional settings that provide the paths to the Java keystore (JKS) to validate the client’s certificate.
- Optional settings that provide the password to the keystore.