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Fleet server with logstash output – elastic-agent

I think one of the biggest issue with fleet and elastic-agent was that it was limited on the outputs so if you had tons and tons of elastic-agents in the wild it would all connect back to your elasticsearch and can overwhelm the cluster.

Starting 8.2 of elasticsearch logstash output type was introduced.. it is still in BETA at this time but I just tried it and it worked very nicely!

The steps to setup the logstash output is listed on https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/fleet/8.2/secure-logstash-connections.html but I wanted to try it out and document it.

Install & configure logstash

Install yum install logstash-8.2.2 -y
Lets find a server that has elasticsearch so that we can use elasticsearch-certutil to create our certs.

Create the CA

cd /usr/share/elasticsearch
bin/elasticsearch-certutil ca --pem

This will create elastic-stack-ca.zip Lets unzip it and you will find
./ca/ca.crt & ./ca/ca.key

Lets create the certificate

bin/elasticsearch-certutil cert --name something --ca-cert ./ca/ca.crt --ca-key ./ca/ca.key --dns your.fqdn --ip x.x.x.x --pem

This will create certificate-bundle.zip and when you unzip it you will find
./something/something.crt & ./something/something.key

Placing the certificates and reformat the logstash key to pkcs8

mkdir -p /etc/logstash/certs
mv ca/ca.* /etc/logstash/certs/
mv something/something.* /etc/logstash/certs/
cd /etc/logstash/certs
openssl pkcs8 -inform PEM -in something.key -topk8 -nocrypt -outform PEM -out something.pkcs8.key

Create logstash pipeline

create elastic-agent-pipeline.conf in /etc/logstash/conf.d with:

input {
  elastic_agent {
    port => 5044
    ssl => true
    ssl_certificate_authorities => ["/etc/logstash/certs/ca.crt"]
    ssl_certificate => "/etc/logstash/certs/something.crt"
    ssl_key => "/etc/logstash/certs/something.pkcs8.key"
    ssl_verify_mode => "force_peer"
  }
}

output {
  elasticsearch {
    hosts => "https://xxxxxx:9200"
    api_key => "xxxxxx:yyyyy"
    data_stream => true
    ssl => true
  }
}

You can generate your API key from Kibana -> Stack management -> APIKeys

Lets start logstash and monitor it to ensure that the pipeline starts.

systemctl start logstash
journalctl -u logstash -f

Configure the new output

Kibana -> Fleet -> Settings -> Add new output

mine looks like
file

One word of caution: Client SSL certificate key is the something.key NOT something.pkcs8.key

If your SAN is not set properly you might want to add the following into advanced YAML configuration

ssl:
  verification_mode: none

Lets create a new policy and for Output for integrations & Output for agent monitoring select our logstash output.

SAVE!!

Enroll and start your elastic-agents

elastic-agent enroll -f --url=https://xxxxxx:8220 --enrollment-token=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Wait until the agent is healthy and then goto /var/lib/elastic-agent/data/elastic-agent-xxxxxx and look at state.yml

The output section should look like

    outputs:
      211025e0-dd3e-11ec-b7c0-993e284ab2dc:
        hosts:
        - xxxxxxxxx:5044
        ssl:
          certificate: |-
            -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
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            -----END CERTIFICATE-----
          certificate_authorities:
          - |-
            -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
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            -----END CERTIFICATE-----
          key: |-
            -----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----
            MIIEpAIBAAKCAQEAp0U3EBAB4GPLRRW/X/XU60rdTgn8G4aGfl6gKYEdgLOhmMd6
            StaI7AyhXsv0r/tFje2y2LgyKYs4QFnYEe+1k8nAs5ndpLxKFG/Ac8XsKMGTPsU7
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            Ug0ArMV93jT86zzS76U229AvC3PgKeEzayWYAZbo+NedmdbYHAta+A==
            -----END RSA PRIVATE KEY-----
        type: logstash
    revision: 2

Now to check the status of the agent

# elastic-agent status
Status: HEALTHY
Message: (no message)
Applications:
  * filebeat_monitoring    (HEALTHY)
                           Running
  * metricbeat_monitoring  (HEALTHY)
                           Running
  * metricbeat             (HEALTHY)
                           Running
  * filebeat               (HEALTHY)
                           Running

and to verify in kibana

file

and we are alive!!!!

jlim0930

One Comment

  1. This will be very useful to improve the performance of large amount of elastic agents sending events to Elasticsearch directly which could overwhelm the ES cluster. Good to know this new feature, thanks for writing this up!

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