Setting up metrics monitoringedit

To set up metrics monitoring, you need:

  • An Elasticsearch cluster and Kibana (version 6.5 or later) with a basic license
  • Appropriate Beats shippers (version 6.5 or later) installed and enabled on each system you want to monitor

If your data uses nonstandard fields, you may also need to modify some default configuration settings.

Get Elasticsearch and Kibanaedit

To get started, you can use our hosted Elasticsearch Service on Elastic Cloud (recommended for new users), or you can install Elasticsearch and Kibana locally.

Use our hosted serviceedit

The hosted Elasticsearch Service is available on both AWS and GCP. Try out the Elasticsearch Service for free.

Install Elasticsearch and Kibana locallyedit

Alternatively, you can install Elasticsearch and Kibana locally. Follow the instructions to install Elasticsearch, and to install and start Kibana.

Install Beats shippersedit

To start collecting metrics data, you need to install and configure the Metricbeat Beats shipper.

You can install and configure Beats shippers for most kinds of data directly from Kibana, or you can install Beats yourself.

Install Beats from Kibanaedit

To install Beats from Kibana, on the machine where you want to collect the data, open a Kibana browser window. In the Add Data to Kibana section, click Add metric data. Now follow the instructions for the type of data you want to collect. The instructions walk you through the steps required to download, install and configure the appropriate Beats modules for your data.

add data

Install Beats yourselfedit

If your data source doesn’t have a Beats module, or if you want to install Beats the old fashioned way, follow the instructions in Metricbeat getting started and enable modules for the metrics you want to collect.

Enable modulesedit

However you install Beats, you need to enable the appropriate modules in Metricbeat to start collecting metrics data.

To populate the Hosts view with metrics data, enable:

To populate the Docker view with metrics data, enable:

To populate the Kubernetes view with metrics data, enable:

Configure your data sourcesedit

If your metrics data has nonstandard fields, you may need to modify some configuration settings in Kibana, such as the index pattern used to query the data, and the timestamp field used for sorting. You can use the Settings tab in the Metrics app to modify some common settings. Alternatively, see metrics settings for a complete list of metrics configuration settings.

More about container monitoringedit

If you’re monitoring Docker containers or Kubernetes pods, you can use autodiscover to automatically change the configuration settings in response to changes in your containers. This ensures you don’t stop collecting data when your container configuration changes. To learn how to do this, see Metricbeat autodiscover configuration