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DevOps Automation Cookbook by Michael Duffy

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Using Kibana queries to explore data

Once you have your data indexed into ElasticSearch, you will want to work with it to reveal anything of interest. Kibana is a fantastic tool to enable this, allowing you to query, display and report on data of interest. Kibana offers an easy-to-use GUI to explore your data, allowing both ad-hoc data exploration and the creation of stunning and detailed dashboards.

In this recipe we're going to focus on using Kibana to explore data to discover underlying patterns within an Nginx access log.

Getting ready

For this recipe you need an Ubuntu 14.04 server with Kibana and ElasticSearch installed; you should also have set up some inputs into ElasticSearch, preferably from an Nginx server.

How to do it…

The following steps ...

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