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System Metrics for Ubuntu

Collect and ship Ubuntu operating system and service metrics to Logstash and Elasticsearch.

Metricbeat is a lightweight shipper that helps you monitor your servers by collecting metrics from the operating system and from services running on the Ubuntu server. Configure Metricbeat using the pre-defined examples below to collect and ship Ubuntu operating system, service metrics and statistics to Logstash or Elasticsearch.

Send Your DataMetricsOperating SystemsSystem Metrics for Ubuntu Guide

Follow this step by step guide to start sending data from your system to

Step 1 - Install Metricbeat

To get started first follow the steps below:

Older versions can be found here metricbeat 7, metricbeat 6, metricbeat 5

Step 2 - Copy configuration file

The configuration file below is pre-configured to send data to your Stack via Logstash.

Copy the configuration file below and overwrite the contents of metricbeat.yml.

###################### Metricbeat Configuration #######################
# =========================== Modules configuration ============================

  # Glob pattern for configuration loading
  path: ${path.config}/modules.d/*.yml

  # Set to true to enable config reloading
  reload.enabled: false

  # Period on which files under path should be checked for changes
  #reload.period: 10s
# ======================= Elasticsearch template setting =======================
  index.number_of_shards: 1
  index.codec: best_compression
  #_source.enabled: false

# ================================== Outputs ===================================
# ------------------------------ Logstash Output -------------------------------
<div class="sw-warning">
        <img src="/images/source-wizard/warning-triangle.svg">
       <b>No input available! </b> Your stack is missing the required input for this data source <a href="#" onclick="Intercom('showNewMessage')" class="btn btn-info btn-sm">Talk to support to add the input</a>

Step 3 - Enable module

There are several built in metricbeat modules you can use. To enable the system module, run the following:

metricbeat modules list
metricbeat modules enable system

Step 4 - Configure module

Each module has its own configuration file where different metricsets can be enabled / disabled. Locate the configuration file for the system module. /etc/metricbeat/modules.d/system.yml

By default the following metrics are enabled. To enable or disable a metric simply comment or uncomment the line out.

- module: system
  period: 10s
    - cpu
    - load
    - memory
    - network
    - process
    - process_summary
    - socket_summary
    #- core
    #- diskio
    #- socket

Step 5 - Start Metricbeat

Start or restart metricbeat to apply the configuration changes.

Step 6 - Check for your logs

Data should now have been sent to your Stack.

View my data

If you don't see logs take a look at How to diagnose no data in Stack below for how to diagnose common issues.

Step 7 - how to diagnose no data in Stack

If you don't see data appearing in your Stack after following the steps, visit the Help Centre guide for steps to diagnose no data appearing in your Stack or Chat to support now.

Step 8 - System module dashboard

The System module comes with predefined Kibana dashboards. To view your dashboards for any of your stacks, launch Logs and choose Dashboards.

Kibana dashboard preview

Step 9 - Ubuntu Overview

Ubuntu is a popular and versatile open-source operating system known for its stability, security, and ease of use. It is developed and maintained by Canonical Ltd. and is based on the Debian Linux distribution.

Ubuntu is designed to cater to a wide range of users, from beginners to experienced professionals. One of Ubuntu's standout features is its regular release cycle, with new versions being made available every six months. This ensures that users have access to the latest software updates, features, and security enhancements.

Additionally, Ubuntu provides Long-Term Support (LTS) versions, which are supported for five years, making it an excellent choice for enterprises and servers.

Ubuntu has a vast software repository known as the Ubuntu Software Center, allowing users to easily install and manage a wide variety of applications, including office suites, multimedia tools, and development environments.

It also supports a diverse range of desktop environments, such as GNOME, KDE, and XFCE, giving users the flexibility to customize their desktop experience.

Moreover, Ubuntu emphasizes the importance of open-source principles and community collaboration. It encourages user contributions, and there is an active and supportive user base that provides assistance through forums and documentation.

If you need any further assistance with migrating your data to we're here to help you get started. Feel free to get in contact with our support team by sending us a message via live chat & we'll be happy to assist.

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