Step 1 - Install Metricbeat

First we need to install Metricbeat. Windows

  • Download the Metricbeat Windows zip file from the official downloads page.

  • Extract the contents of the zip file into C:\Program Files.

  • Rename the metricbeat-<version>-windows directory to Metricbeat.

  • 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 Metricbeat as a Windows service:

    PS > cd 'C:\Program Files\Metricbeat'
    PS C:\Program Files\Metricbeat> .\install-service-metricbeat.ps1
    
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    this script can potentially harm your computer. If you trust this script, use
    the Unblock-File cmdlet to allow the script to run without this warning message.
    Do you want to run C:\Program Files\Winlogbeat\install-service-metricbeat.ps1?
    [D] Do not run  [R] Run once  [S] Suspend  [?] Help (default is "D"): R
    
    Status   Name               DisplayName
    ------   ----               -----------
    Stopped  metricbeat         metricbeat
    
  If script execution is disabled on your system, you need to set the execution policy for the current session to allow the script to run. For example: PowerShell.exe -ExecutionPolicy UnRestricted -File .\install-service-metricbeat.ps1.
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Step 2 - Locate the configuration file

<EXTRACTED_ARCHIVE>/metricbeat.yml

Step 3 - Configure output

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-port"]
    loadbalance: true
    ssl.enabled: true
Step 4 - Enable the system module

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

PS > .\metricbeat.exe modules enable system
Step 5 - Default metrics enabled for system module

Each module has its own configuration file where different metricsets can be enabled / disabled. Locate the configuration file for the system module. <EXTRACTED_ARCHIVE>/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
  metricsets:
    - cpu
    - load
    - memory
    - network
    - process
    - process_summary
    - socket_summary
    #- core
    #- diskio
    #- socket
Step 6 - Start Metricbeat

Ok, time to start ingesting data!

PS C:\Program Files\Metricbeat> Start-Service metricbeat
Step 7 - System module dashboard

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

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