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Monitoring Elasticsearch

By : Dan Noble, Pulkit Agrawal, Mahmoud Lababidi
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Monitoring Elasticsearch

By: Dan Noble, Pulkit Agrawal, Mahmoud Lababidi

Overview of this book

ElasticSearch is a distributed search server similar to Apache Solr with a focus on large datasets, a schema-less setup, and high availability. This schema-free architecture allows ElasticSearch to index and search unstructured content, making it perfectly suited for both small projects and large big data warehouses with petabytes of unstructured data. This book is your toolkit to teach you how to keep your cluster in good health, and show you how to diagnose and treat unexpected issues along the way. You will start by getting introduced to ElasticSearch, and look at some common performance issues that pop up when using the system. You will then see how to install and configure ElasticSearch and the ElasticSearch monitoring plugins. Then, you will proceed to install and use the Marvel dashboard to monitor ElasticSearch. You will find out how to troubleshoot some of the common performance and reliability issues that come up when using ElasticSearch. Finally, you will analyze your cluster’s historical performance, and get to know how to get to the bottom of and recover from system failures. This book will guide you through several monitoring tools, and utilizes real-world cases and dilemmas faced when using ElasticSearch, showing you how to solve them simply, quickly, and cleanly.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Monitoring Elasticsearch
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Chapter 3. Elasticsearch-head and Bigdesk

This chapter talks about the Elasticsearch monitoring plugins Elasticsearch-head and Bigdesk, along with the Elasticsearch cat API. These utilities are used to assess the status of your cluster and to diagnose issues:

  • Elasticsearch-head: This is used to get an idea of your overall cluster health, individual node status, and an understanding of your indices

  • Bigdesk: This is used to look into the memory, disk, and CPU usage of individual nodes in your cluster

  • Elasticsearch cat API: This lets you access many of Elasticsearch's internal metrics without installing any plugins

Specifically, this chapter explores the following:

  • Configuring an Elasticsearch cluster

  • Loading sample data into Elasticsearch

  • Using Elasticsearch-head

  • Using Bigdesk

  • The Elasticsearch cat API