Elastic Beats and where they fit with ELK Stack

What Is Elastic Beats (or More Correctly, What ARE Elastic Beats)?

Some potential use cases for Elastic Beats.

How to Install Elastic Beats and Configure It to Upload My ISS Data

  • Beats doesn’t output errors to the console by default. You should start the Beat with the -e flag while getting your configuration correct so that you can see what the Beat is doing.
  • Beats can be run directly as an executable, or as a daemon. Get the Beat working initially by calling it directly, and once everything is working you can start it as a daemon.
  • All of the configuration files are in YAML format. If you haven’t worked with YAML before, you should go and read up on what you need to do to ensure that your configuration file is correct. YAML (by design) is very specific about formatting, so if you’re getting errors consider using a YAML tester website to ensure your syntax is correct.
  • The configuration file can only output to one place. If you want to output to multiple places (for example directly to Elasticsearch, but also to Logstash) you need to add a second configuration file, effectively calling another instance of the Beat.
  1. Using Kibana and the Open Distro security plugin set up a user and password with the principle of least privilege. This user can be given to Filebeats so it can only upload and modify the Beats indices in Elasticsearch. Beats also include a handy Keystore, to store these credentials securely and pass them through to the configuration file, instead of leaving them in plain text.
  2. Use the certificate generated as part of the Instaclustr provisioning process in the Filebeat configuration file to verify the HTTPS connection.

The Elasticsearch Ingest Pipeline

Let’s Scale Up Our Data Collection

How Does Elastic Beats Compare With Logstash

Conclusion

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