Metricbeat is a lightweight shipper that helps you monitor your servers by collecting metrics from the operating system and from services running on the Windows server. Configure Metricbeat using the pre-defined examples below to collect and ship Windows operating system, service metrics and statistics to Logstash or Elasticsearch.
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.
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 Security warning Run only scripts that you trust. While scripts from the internet can be useful, 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
PowerShell.exe -ExecutionPolicy UnRestricted -File .\install-service-metricbeat.ps1.
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
There are several built in metricbeat modules you can use. To enable the system module, run the following:
PS > .\metricbeat.exe modules enable system
Each module has its own configuration file where different metricsets can be enabled / disabled. Locate the configuration file for the system module.
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
Ok, time to start ingesting data!
PS C:\Program Files\Metricbeat> Start-Service metricbeat
The System module comes with a predefined Kibana dashboard. To view your dashboards for any of your Logit stacks, launch Kibana and choose Dashboards.