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Heartbeat is a lightweight shipping agent used to monitor the health of services running on the host. The results can then be shipped to one or more destinations, including Logstash.
curl -L -O https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/beats/heartbeat/heartbeat-oss-7.8.1-amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i heartbeat-oss-7.8.1-amd64.deb
curl -L -O https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/beats/heartbeat/heartbeat-oss-7.8.1-x86_64.rpm sudo rpm -vi heartbeat-oss-7.8.1-x86_64.rpm
curl -L -O https://artifacts.elastic.co/downloads/beats/heartbeat/heartbeat-oss-7.8.1-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz tar xzvf heartbeat-oss-7.8.1-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz
- Download the heartbeat Windows zip file from the official downloads page.
- Extract the contents of the zip file into C:\Program Files.
- Rename the
- Open a PowerShell prompt as an Administrator (right-click the PowerShell icon and select Run As Administrator). If you are running Windows XP, you may need to download and install PowerShell.
- Run the following commands to install heartbeat as a Windows service:
cd 'C:\Program Files\heartbeat' .\install-service-heartbeat.ps1
PowerShell.exe -ExecutionPolicy UnRestricted -File .\install-service-heartbeat.ps1.
The following example shows a basic configuration for each of the three different types of monitors, ICMP, TCP, and HTTP.
heartbeat.monitors: - type: icmp schedule: '*/5 * * * * * *' hosts: ["myhost"] - type: tcp schedule: '@every 5s' hosts: ["myhost:7"] # default TCP Echo Protocol check.send: "Check" check.receive: "Check" - type: http schedule: '@every 5s' urls: ["http://localhost:80/service/status"] check.response.status: 200 heartbeat.scheduler: limit: 10
We'll be shipping to Logstash so that we have the option to run filters before the data is indexed.
Comment out the elasticsearch output block.
## Comment out elasticsearch output #output.elasticsearch: # hosts: ["localhost:9200"]
Uncomment and change the logstash output to match below.
output.logstash: hosts: ["your-logstash-host:your-ssl-port"] loadbalance: true ssl.enabled: true
Let's check the configuration file is syntactically correct by running heartbeat directly inside the terminal.
If the file is invalid, heartbeat will print an
error loading config file error message with details on how to correct the problem.
sudo heartbeat -e -c /etc/heartbeat/heartbeat.yml
cd <EXTRACTED_ARCHIVE> ./heartbeat -e -c heartbeat.yml
cd <EXTRACTED_ARCHIVE> .\heartbeat.exe -e -c heartbeat.yml
Ok, time to start ingesting data!
sudo systemctl enable heartbeat sudo systemctl start heartbeat
Heartbeat is a lightweight shipping agent created by Elastic as part of their Beats group of log shippers. Compared to other tools in the Beats family, such as Metricbeat & Winlogbeat, Heartbeat is a relatively new addition to the Elastic Stack.
Heartbeat is the only member of the Beats family that Elastic recommends you to install on a separate network/machine to the one you are currently wishing to monitor.
Heartbeat was created to allow observability of the health of services running on the host (this includes uptime monitoring functionality as standard). These results can then be shipped to one or more destinations, including Logstash.
If you need to keep a close eye on uptime for the purposes of complying with your company’s service level agreement (SLA) then you’ll find that Heartbeat is integral for monitoring these instances based on the URLs & metrics you supply to the application, prior to indexing. This feedback can be triggered based on the custom schedule you select during configuration.
If you need any further assistance with migrating your Heartbeat data to Logstash we're here to help you get started. Feel free to reach out by contacting our support team by visiting our dedicated Help Centre or via live chat & we'll be happy to assist.