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.
In this post, I am will be go over using the Collectd input on Logstash for gathering hardware metrics. For Logstash output, I am going to be using Elastcisearch. Logstash will allow us to centralize metrics from multiple computers into Elasticsearch. On top of Elasticsearch, I am using going to be using Kibana to display these metrics.
To this Kibana dashboard, we could add additional metrics for the processes taxing the system being monitored. This would effectively show a cause and effect story in one integrated dashboard.