Tutorial Series

Centralized Logging with ELK Stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana) On Ubuntu 14.04

Centralized logging can be very useful when attempting to identify problems with your servers or applications, as it allows you to search through all of your logs in a single place. It is also useful because it allows you to identify issues that span multiple servers by correlating their logs during a specific time frame. This series will teach you how to install Logstash and Kibana on Ubuntu, then how to add more filters to structure your log data. Then it will teach you how to use Kibana.
  1. How To Install Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana (ELK Stack) on Ubuntu 14.04

    March 9, 2015
    In this tutorial, we will go over the installation of the Elasticsearch ELK Stack on Ubuntu 14.04—that is, Elasticsearch 2.2.x, Logstash 2.2.x, and Kibana 4.4.x. We will also show you how to configure it to gather and visualize the syslogs of your systems in a centralized location, using Filebeat 1.0.x. Logstash is an open source tool for collecting, parsing, and storing logs for future use. Kibana 4 is a web interface that can be used to search and view the logs that Logstash has indexed.
  2. How To Gather Infrastructure Metrics with Topbeat and ELK on Ubuntu 14.04

    February 1, 2016
    In this tutorial, we will show you how to use Topbeat, on an Ubuntu 14.04 server, with an ELK stack to gather and visualize infrastructure metrics. Topbeat, which is one of the several "Beats" data shippers that helps send various types of server data to an Elasticsearch instance, allows you to gather information about the CPU, memory, and process activity on your servers.
  3. Adding Logstash Filters To Improve Centralized Logging

    July 3, 2014
    One way to increase the effectiveness of your Logstash setup is to collect important application logs and structure the log data by employing filters. This guide is a sequel to the [How To Use Logstash and Kibana To Centralize Logs On Ubuntu 14.04](https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-use-logstash-and-kibana-to-centralize-and-visualize-logs-on-ubuntu-14-04) tutorial, and focuses primarily on adding filters for various common application log.
  4. How To Use Kibana Dashboards and Visualizations

    March 11, 2015
    The Kibana interface is divided into four sections: Discover Visualize Dashboard Settings We will go over the basics of each section, and demonstrate how each section can be used.
  5. How To Map User Location with GeoIP and ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana)

    March 30, 2015
    IP Geolocation, the process used to determine the physical location of an IP address, can be leveraged for a variety of purposes, such as content personalization and traffic analysis. Traffic analysis by geolocation can provide invaluable insight into your user base as it...