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Used: packetbeat v6.2.4 kibana v6.2.4 elasticsearch v6.2.4
If you are using X-Pack Monitoring you have a good overview of your Kibana performance. Sometimes it is necessary to know more. Packetbeat can monitor your http traffic between Kibana and the Elasticsearch node.
Customize Docker image
I run packetbeat in Docker. We can extend from the official image and add customizations to our docker image.
FROM docker.elastic.co/beats/packetbeat:6.2.4 COPY packetbeat.yml /usr/share/packetbeat/packetbeat.yml COPY packetbeat.keystore /usr/share/packetbeat/packetbeat.keystore COPY ca.crt /usr/share/packetbeat/ca.crt USER root RUN chown packetbeat /usr/share/packetbeat/packetbeat.yml RUN chown packetbeat /usr/share/packetbeat/packetbeat.keystore RUN chown packetbeat /usr/share/packetbeat/ca.crt RUN chmod go-wrx /usr/share/packetbeat/packetbeat.keystore USER packetbeat
packetbeat.ymlcontains the packetbeat configuration
packetbeat.keystorecontains the password used in above configuration
ca.crtcontains the root certificate authority of the secured Elasticsearch cluster
Packetbeat will capture far more, than you might be interested in, therefore ensure you filter only the Kibana searches. Kibana uses the Multisearch API (path =
POST request to the Elasticsearch node. Filtering only for
GET requests, will get you nowhere.
http.request.body contains the interesting part, whereas the
http.response.body will give you the answer from Elasticsearch. Since a lot of text is stored, I remove the
http.request.body before ingestion.
processors: - drop_event.when.not.contains: query: "search" - drop_event.when.equals: query: "POST /.kibana/_search" - drop_event.when.equals: query: "POST /.reporting-*/_search" - drop_event.when.equals: query: "POST /.reporting-*/esqueue/_search" # not interested in the response (or how long it took), duration is given by packetbeat - drop_fields: when.equals: query: "POST /_msearch" fields: ["http.response.body"] # filter out load balancer - drop_event.when: and: - contains: http.response.headers.server: "nginx" - equals: ip: "10.22.22.221"
Above snippet contains only the filtering. The whole packetbeat configuration can be found on this gist.
The overall configuration contains an output to Apache Kafka, where Logstash reads and ships it to my monitoring cluster. The important part is, ingest the packetbeat data capture in another cluster, than the monitored one! You will create an infinite loop otherwise, if you review the results in Kibana instance. A dedicated cluster like a monitoring cluster is recommended.
In the ansible
playbook.yml the docker module contains all the run args.
--- - hosts: kibana-host any_errors_fatal: True serial: 1 vars: container_name: packetbeat image_name: cinhtau/packetbeat:6.2.4 tasks: - assert: that: - image_name is not none - name: remove old container command: docker rm -f "" warn=no ignore_errors: true - name: install new container docker: name: "" image: "" state: started pull: always log_driver: json-file log_opt: max-size: 10m env: TZ: Europe/Zurich net: host cap_add: NET_ADMIN restart_policy: on-failure restart_policy_retry: 10
In the Kibana instance of the monitoring cluster you can examine for instance all requests that took longer than 2 seconds.