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How to Enable Elasticsearch and Kibana using Kolla Ansible


An OpenStack cloud generates a large quantity of log messages. By default, there's no way to visually see a Private Cloud's log messages. To diagnose issues in logs requires using SSH and grep, which can be cumbersome due to the number of hosts and number of OpenStack services. Elasticsearch and Kibana (ELK) could be leveraged to see all of your cloud's log files from a single location in your browser. This feature set is not enabled by default. In this guide we walk you through how to enable the ELK stack for your Private Cloud using Kolla Ansible.


Prepare Kolla Ansible

New Clouds

On clouds provisioned after Dec 2022 you will need to open a support ticket to have the configuration saved to your nodes.

This guide explains how to configure your cloud using Kolla Ansible. Any time you work with Kolla Ansible, you must prepare a shell environment. For more, see How to Prepare and Use Kolla Ansible.

All commands are to be executed from the control plane node in which Kolla Ansible has been prepared.

Root Access to OpenStack Control Plane

Root access to your cloud's control plane nodes is required.

How to Enable Central Logging

To enable the ELK stack, in /etc/kolla/globals.yml ensure the following is set:

enable_central_logging: 'yes'

To enforce data retention policies, enable Elasticseach Curator with:

enable_elasticsearch_curator: 'yes'

Note! -- Enabling Elasticseach Curator can help prevent your cloud's local disks from filling up by enforcing retention policies for Elasticsearch data.

Kolla Ansible generates a default configuration for Elasticsearch Curator which can later be found in the elasticsearch_curator Docker container as elasticsearch_curator:/etc/elasticsearch-curator/actions.yml.

Next, to deploy the configuration changes, use:

# kolla-ansible -i /etc/fm-deploy/kolla-ansible-inventory reconfigure

Prevent Root Disk from Filling

You can enable Elasticsearch Curator to enforce disk retention polices to prevent your cloud's disks from filling up.


Kolla Ansible's Central Logging guide.