Configuring Marveledit

You control how Marvel collects data from an Elasticsearch cluster by configuring Marvel-specific settings in the elasticsearch.yml configuration file on each node. You can add a custom index template to change the settings for the indices Marvel creates to store the data collected from a cluster.

Controlling Marvel Data Collectionedit

You can set the following marvel.agent options in a node’s elasticsearch.yml file to control how Marvel data is collected from the node.

Sets the timeout for collecting the cluster state. Defaults to 10m.
Sets the timeout for collecting the cluster statistics. Defaults to 10m.

Controls which indices Marvel collects data from. Defaults to all indices. Specify the index names as a comma-separated list, for example test1,test2,test3. Names can include wildcards, for example test*. You can explicitly include or exclude indices by prepending + to include the index, or - to exclude the index. For example, to include all indices that start with test except test3, you could specify +test*,-test3.

You can update this setting through the Cluster Update Settings API.

Sets the timeout for collecting index statistics. Defaults to 10m.
Sets the timeout for collecting total indices statistics. Defaults to 10m.

Configures where the agent stores monitoring data. By default, the agent uses a local exporter that indexes monitoring data on the cluster where it is installed. Use an HTTP exporter to send data to a separate monitoring cluster. For more information, see Setting up a Separate Monitoring Cluster.

  id1:                              # default local exporter
    type: local

  id2:                                     # example of an http exporter
    type: http                             # exporter type, local or http
    host: [ "http://domain:port",... ]     # host(s) to send data to over http or https

      username: <string>            # basic auth username
      password: <string>            # basic auth password

      timeout: <time_value>         # http connection timeout (default: 6s)
      read_timeout: <time_value>    # http response timeout (default: connection.timeout * 10)
      keep_alive: true | false      # use persistent connections (default: true)

      hostname_verification: true | false  # check host certificate (default: true)
      protocol: <string>                   # security protocol (default: TLSv1.2)
      truststore.path: /path/to/file       # absolute path to the truststore
      truststore.password: <string>        # password for the truststore
      truststore.algorithm: <string>       # format for the truststore (default: SunX509)
Controls whether or not all recoveries are collected. Set to true to collect only active recoveries. Defaults to false.
Sets the timeout for collecting the recovery information. Defaults to 10m.

Controls how often data samples are collected. Defaults to 10s. Set to -1 to temporarily disable data collection.

You can update this setting through the Cluster Update Settings API.

Configuring Marvel’s Indicesedit

Marvel uses an index template to configure the indices used to store the data collected from a cluster.

You can retrieve the default template with:

GET /_template/.marvel-es

By default, the template configures one shard and one replica for the Marvel indices. To override the default settings, add your own template:

  1. Set the template pattern to .marvel-es-*.
  2. Set the template order to 1. This ensures your template is applied after the default template, which has an order of 0.
  3. Specify the number_of_shards and/or number_of_replicas in the settings section.

For example, the following template increases the number of shards to five and the number of replicas to two.

PUT /_template/custom_marvel
    "template": ".marvel*",
    "order": 1,
    "settings": {
        "number_of_shards": 5,
        "number_of_replicas": 2

Only set the number_of_shards and number_of_replicas in the settings section. Overriding other Marvel template settings could cause your Marvel dashboards to stop working correctly.

Configuring Marvel in Kibanaedit

You can set the following marvel options in the Kibana configuration file (kibana.yml). In most cases, however, you can just rely on the defaults. For more information about modifying the Kibana configuration, see {kibana}/kibana-server-properties.html[Setting Kibana Server Properties] in the Kibana User Guide.

The number of term buckets to return out of the overall terms list when performing terms aggregations to retrieve index and node metrics. For more information about the size parameter, see Terms Aggregation in the Elasticsearch Reference. Defaults to 10000.
The minimum number of seconds that a time bucket in a chart can represent. Defaults to 10.
Whether or not to send cluster statistics to Elastic. Reporting your cluster statistics helps us improve your user experience. Your data is never shared with anyone. Set to false to disable statistics reporting from any browser connected to the Kibana instance. You can also opt-out on a per-browser basis through the Marvel user interface. Defaults to true.