Logstash Training

Logstash is an open source, server-side data processing pipeline that ingests data from a multitude of sources simultaneously, transforms it, and then sends it to your favorite "stash." (Ours is Elasticsearch, naturally.

Why Logstash

INPUTS
Ingest Data of All Shapes, Sizes, and Sources

Data is often scattered or siloed across many systems in many formats. Logstash supports a variety of inputs that pull in events from a multitude of common sources, all at the same time. Easily ingest from your logs, metrics, web applications, data stores, and various AWS services, all in continuous, streaming fashion.

FILTERS
Parse & Transform Your Data On the Fly

As data travels from source to store, Logstash filters parse each event, identify named fields to build structure, and transform them to converge on a common format for easier, accelerated analysis and business value.

Logstash dynamically transforms and prepare your data regardless of format or complexity:

Derive structure from unstructured data with grok
Decipher geo coordinates from IP addresses
Anonymize PII data, exclude sensitive fields completely
Ease overall processing independent of the data source, format, or schema.

OUTPUTS
Choose Your Stash, Transport Your Data

While Elasticsearch is our go-to output that opens up a world of search and analytics possibilities, it's not the only one available.

Logstash has a variety of outputs that let you route data where you want, giving you the flexibility to unlock a slew of downstream use cases.

EXTENSIBILITY
Create and Configure Your Pipeline, Your Way

Logstash has a pluggable framework featuring over 200 plugins. Mix, match, and orchestrate different inputs, filters, and outputs to work in pipeline harmony.

Ingesting from a custom application? Don't see a plugin you need? Logstash plugins are easy to build. We've got a fantastic API for plugin development and a plugin generator to help you start and share your creations.

SECURITY & MONITORING
Secure It and Monitor It

Whether you're running 10s or 1000s of Logstash instances, we've made it possible for you to secure and keep a pulse on the status of your ingest pipelines from end to end. Incoming data from Beats along with other inputs can be encrypted over the wire, and there's full integration with secured Elasticsearch clusters. Logstash also has a monitoring API which unlocks visibility of the overall pipeline health and performance.

Overview

This workshop will guide you through the installation and configuration of Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana. It is an instructor-led training course, incorporating real-world examples of logging, analytics, and search. Upon finishing this course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion for the "Hands-on Workshop" course.

Objective
The workshop covers real-world data sets and instructors work with the participants to ingest, search, and visualize them. This includes an Elasticsearch overview, Logstash configuration, creation of dashboards in Kibana, how to process logs, recommended architecture for designing a system to scale, choosing hardware, and managing the life cycle of your logs.

Prerequisites

  • No prior knowledge of the Elastic Stack is required
  • Comfort using the terminal or command line is recommended
  • Course Curriculum

    Introduction

  • Elastic Stack Overview
  • Logs and Problems
  • Logstash

  • Introduction to Logstash or Why Should I Bother?
  • Getting started with Logstash
  • Shipping events
  • Shipping events without the Logstash agent
  • Filtering events
  • Structured Application logging.
  • Outputting events
  • Scaling Logstash
  • Extending Logstash
  • Lab

    Elasticsearch

  • What and Why
  • Terminology: Documents, Index, Shards, Node, Cluster
  • Working with Data
  • Time-based Data
  • Lab
  • Kibana

  • What and Why
  • Settings
  • Time Picker, Search, and Filters
  • Kibana Discover, Visualization, and Dashboard Interfaces
  • Lab
  • Operation Checklist

  • Build and configure your first data pipeline with ELK
  • Collect, Parse, and Transform Data with Logstash
  • Handling Back Pressure
  • Deployment Architectures
  • Hardware Best Practices
  • Security
  • Debugging and Monitoring