In this article we explain what Kibana is, how you can access it and how you can add and edit a user. Kibana is part of the ELK Stack. ELK is an acronym for three open source projects: Elasticsearch, Logstash, and of course Kibana. Elasticsearch is a search and analytics engine. Logstash is a server‑side data processing pipeline that ingests data from multiple sources simultaneously, transforms it, and then sends it to a “stash” like Elasticsearch. Kibana is what we will talk about below!

For now Kibana is only available for selected partners. If you want to know more about this, please send an email to support@hypernode.com.

What is Kibana?

Kibana is the visualization layer of the ELK Stack. The following data can be found in Kibana: Hypernode performance metrics (cpu, memory, disk usage), server logs (nginx, MySQL, slow logs) and Heartbeat data.

With Kibana you can get a better grip on your large data with point-and-click pie charts, bar graphs, trendlines, maps and scatter plots. You can visualize trends and patterns for data that would otherwise be extremely tedious to read and interpret.

Configuring Kibana

How to add a user to Kibana

  • Log in to the Service Panel. Make sure you are the Technical Manager (Technisch Beheerder).
  • Click on one of the Hypernode plans.
  • Go to ‘Analyse’ in the dark blue bar at the top and then select ELK Stack Manager.
  • This is where you can add ELK Stack users. Fill in the username in the field behind ‘Naam gebruiker’ and click on ‘toevoegen’. A password for this user will be automatically generated and appear at the top. We will only provide you with this once, so make sure you save the password in your password manager.

Editing and linking a Hypernode to a user

By clicking on the ‘Selecteer gebruiker’ dropdown menu and selecting a user, you can change the users password or delete the user. You can also link the user to a Hypernode. This is mandatory, without a linked Hypernode you cannot log in to Kibana.

On the left you will see a list of all available Hypernodes. By clicking and dragging a Hypernode to the box on the right, you can link a Hypernode to a user. Don’t forget to press save when you’re done!

REST API

We also offer a REST API, we talk more about this here.

You can find the extended instructions in the Kibana documentation https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/kibana/current/index.html

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