Kibana4 Custom Color Palettes

Cool and quick dabble on Kibana4 for custom color palettes.  Since Kibana4 is the blaze of the future and old Kibana is not coming back, its worth our time spending time getting to know this latest version.
Here is neat ‘temp graph’ using a custom color palette and temperature data from drives in pc.
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And here is the original for reference.
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Monitoring VMWare ESXi with the ELK Stack

Monitor anything; this is what fills your head after playing with Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana.

ELK Stack, meet VMWare Server.  Since VMWare’s ESXi runs on some Linux kernel, it shares the logging facilities we’re familiar with on Linux systems.  Going about forwarding syslog messages to a remote box is a bit different thou.  Luckily, VMWare’s Knowledge Base is very thorough if you know where to look.

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Happy Elasticsearch

So last night I found this on my lab machine…

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Silly node ran out of space.  Spawning up extra node promptly made this a non-issue.

elasticsearchhappy

Crisis averted. 

It is so nice to work with open source tools built to handle failure gracefully.  A few years ago the above scenario would have prompted a weekend-at-the-colo to the dismay of family and my sanity.  These are interesting times!