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elkstack (29) Versions 0.3.0

Installs/Configures elkstack

cookbook 'elkstack', '= 0.3.0', :supermarket
cookbook 'elkstack', '= 0.3.0'
knife supermarket install elkstack
knife supermarket download elkstack
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Please note that this cookbook does not restart elasticsearch automatically,
in order to avoid causing an outage of the cluster. It does restart nginx and
logstash, however. You will have to restart elasticsearch after the initial

Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana stack. Due to the recommendations of the
community, we are not using the embedded elasticsearch functionality of logstash
at this point. This cookbook provides recipes for all three components, along
with wrapper recipes such as single or cluster to facilitate different use

This stack's design is intended for one or many standalone nodes, with a full
stack of elasticsearch, logstash, and kibana. The only difference between one
and many nodes is that elasticsearch is clustered together. Data dispatched to

Logstash on a particular node will use the local elasticsearch transport
interface to index those logs to the node (and thus, the cluster). HTTP traffic
dispatched to Kibana on port 80 on any node will also use the local
elasticsearch HTTP interface to fetch and manipulate data.

Please read the individual recipe summaries to understand what each recipe does,
as well as what each wrapper recipe is actually wrapping. As much as possible,
upstream attributes have been exposed/overriden for our needs.


See for additional information about changes to this stack over time.

Supported Platforms

Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu 14.04

CentOS 6.5


<td>whether to search for and connect Elasticsearch to cluster nodes</td>
<td>Enable/Disable iptables functionality</td>
<td>Control the name of the self-signed SSL key and cert in /etc/nginx/ssl</td>
<td>Enable/Disable nginx redirect for kibana from port 80 to port 443</td>
<td>String or Boolean</td>
<td>See customizing the stack section below</td>
<td><tt>node.run_state['elkstack_kibana_username']</tt> and <tt>['elkstack']['config']['kibana']['username']</tt></td>
<td>Default username for basic auth for kibana, run_state used first</td>
<td>Password for basic auth for kibana</td>
<td>random from <tt>Opscode::OpenSSL::Password</tt></td>

Customizing the stack

To override local storage for elasticsearch nodes (the stack will format and mount, as well as configure elasticsearch), set ['elkstack']['config']['data_disk']['disk_config_type'] to custom and provide each storage device and mount point in the following way:
disk_config = {
'file_system' => 'ext4',
'mount_options' => 'rw,user',
'mount_path' => '/usr/local/var/data/elasticsearch/disk1',
'format_command' => 'mkfs -t ext4 ',
'fs_check_command' => 'dumpe2fs'

node.override['elasticsearch']['data']['devices']['/dev/xvde1'] = disk_config
node.override['elasticsearch']['path']['data'] = disk_config['mount_path']

To add additional logstash configuration to this stack, simply add additional templates in your wrapper cookbook. They should be placed in "#{@basedir}/#{@instance}/etc/conf.d" (see the config provider in the logstash cookbook).

To override the nginx configuration, simply supply a new template and specify your cookbook using ['kibana']['nginx']['template_cookbook'] and ['kibana']['nginx']['template']. You can also override just the password for the reverse proxy using node.run_state['elkstack_password'].

To override anything else, set the appropriate node hash (logstash, kibana, or elasticsearch).



Default recipe, does not do anything.


A simple wrapper recipe that sets up Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana. Also
configures an rsyslog sink into logstash on the local box. Everything except
Logstash and Kibana is locked down to listen only on localhost.


A simple wrapper recipe that sets up Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana. Also
configures an rsyslog sink into logstash on the local box. Sets the cluster flag
so that the elasticsearch recipe builds it in a cluster-friendly way.


Leans on the upstream elasticsearch/cookbook-elasticsearch cookbook for much
of its work. We do override the default set of plugins to be installed, as well
as the amount of JVM heap. See attributes/default.rb for those settings.

This recipe also tags the node so that other nodes that run this recipe can
discover it, and configure Elasticsearch appropriately to join their cluster.
It uses a tag, the current chef environment, and the cluster name as the default
search criteria.

Most of this is configurable using the upstream Elasticsearch cookbook's
attributes, including the chef search itself. There is not an easy toggle to
turn off the search, however.
Enables iptables rules if default['elkstack']['iptables']['enabled'] not nil


Leans on the upstream lusis/chef-logstash cookbook for much
of its work. We do override the default set of plugins to be installed, as well
as the amount of JVM heap. See attributes/default.rb for those settings.


Leans on the upstream lusis/chef-kibana cookbook for most of its work. Sets up
an nginx site for kibana by default. By default, it also does not pass through
most of the http paths directly to elasticsearch (whitelist).


Wrapper for a java recipe. This is not included on the run list normally, so if
you don't already, you must include this recipe or get another JVM installed
before including anything else in this cookbook.


Leans on the upstream opscode-cookbooks/rsyslog cookbook for most of its work.
Configures a local rsyslog that sends to the local logstash instance. The stack
has already been configured with attributes for this use case. See
attributes/default.rb for those settings.


Validates if there is a newrelic license set and based on that, see if the node
is tagged as 'elkstack' or 'elkstack_cluster' and creates a file with
elasticsearch details. Installs python, pip and setuptools packages in order to
support newrelic_meetme_plugin


Adds basic iptables rules and cluster iptables rules if appropriate attributes
are set.


Look for node['elkstack']['config']['data_disk']['disk_config_type'] to be truthy, and configure the upstream elasticsearch cookbook to format, mount, and use devices appropriately.


These correspond with the recipes above, and just provide a way to pull out the
monitoring work to make the original recipes cleaner.


The wrapper recipes are single and cluster. These change attributes and then
invoke elasticsearch, logstash, kibana, and rsyslog. Finally, there are
utility recipes like java and newrelic (not invoked otherwise), as well as
acl which is called by _base if node['elkstack']['iptables']['enabled'].




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Bumped default Elasticsearch version to 1.3.2. Java 7 is now required, and some tests had to be adjusted.
Fix bug in username not being used in tests because it was wrong in /etc/nginx/htpassword.curl.
Fix bug where port 443 was not open in iptables.


Added the ability to disable redirects on kibana


Sheppy Reno - Convert process monitors to platformstack



Add more options for kibana username and password fields under basic auth over SSL on nginx.


Seperate recipes per service, add searching and tests. Major workarounds for logstash cookbook.


Initial release of elkstack

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