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uberAgent 3.6: Experimental Support for Elasticsearch

In uberAgent 3.6 we have added experimental support for sending data directly to Elasticsearch. In addition to that, uberAgent now generates unique GUIDs for each process and user session. These can optionally be logged at process start along with the full path and command line. Being able to identify process instances by GUID is relevant particularly for security use cases because Windows reuses process and session IDs. This new release also contains several other improvements and bugfixes. As always, upgrading is highly recommended.

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What is Elasticsearch?

Quoting Wikipedia:

Elasticsearch is a search server based on Lucene. It provides a distributed, multitenant-capable full-text search engine with an HTTP web interface and schema-free JSON documents. Elasticsearch is developed in Java and is released as open source under the terms of the Apache License. Elasticsearch is the most popular enterprise search engine followed by Apache Solr, also based on Lucene.

What Does “Experimental Support” Mean, Exactly?

uberAgent can now send data to Elasticsearch. To make that happen we added HTTP(S) data transport capabilities along with the necessary JSON formatting to enable Elasticsearch to correctly parse uberAgent data. At this point, that is it. Most notably, there are no dashboards. If you want to work with uberAgent for Elasticsearch, you need to create your own. Hint: most people use Kibana, but you probably know that already.

Why Support Elasticsearch?

Elasticsearch has made great progress in the past few years. It certainly is not as polished and perfectly integrated as Splunk, but it seems to be capable of handling uberAgent’s data quite well. With this experimental feature we want to gauge interest. Is this something people want? Please let us know. Play with it, build upon it, use it!

Try it Out!

Here is a guide to help you get started installing and configuring Elasticsearch & Kibana.

About uberAgent

uberAgent is an agent for Windows end-user computing, focused on user experience and application performance monitoring. Its highlights include detailed information about boot and logon duration (showing why and when boots/logons are slow), network latency per target and process, process startup duration, application usage metering, browser performance per website and remoting protocol insights.

About vast limits

vast limits develops enterprise-grade tools for administrators. These include uberAgent (user experience and application performance monitoring), Delprof2 (profile deletion), SetACL and SetACL Studio (permissions management). Our tools have been downloaded more than half a million times and are used by enterprises worldwide.

Our founder, Helge Klein, is an experienced consultant and developer. As a consultant he has worked in Windows and Citrix projects for large corporations. As a developer he architected the user profile management product whose successor is now available as Citrix Profile Management. In 2009 Helge received the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award, in 2011 he was nominated a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), in 2014 he was a Splunk Revolution Award Winner, in 2015 he became a VMware vExpert. Helge can be found on Twitter as @HelgeKlein. He frequently presents at conferences and user group events like Citrix Synergy, Splunk .conf, BriForum or E2EVC.

Comments (6)

  1. Frank Andrew Easton says:

    When I read that you now have a ProcGUID in the ProcessStartup message I thought that you would also have this ProcGUID in the ProcessDetail message for the same exact reasons. Now that the ProcCmdline is also available in the ProcessStartup message I can evaluate, with a great deal of probability, which exact application call is being made and then with that new ProcGUID, if it were being sent in the ProcessDetail message, I could get ALL of the ProcessDetail(s) that pertain to that exact application call.
    Is this currently possible? (with the UberAgent Version 3.6.0.1017)
    If not can you add that without any great difficulty?

    1. Helge Klein Helge Klein says:

      The Process GUID was not added to the Process Detail sourcetype because of data volume considerations. We may provide an option to optionally add it in a future version.

      1. Helge Klein Helge Klein says:

        With uberAgent 3.7 the process GUID (ProcGUID) is added to the “uberAgent:Process:ProcessDetail” sourcetype if the configuration value EnableExtendedInfo is set to true.

  2. J.wennekes says:

    If this will be included with dashboards you have a new customer! We are already using kibana and i have this test version sending informatie perfectly.

  3. Raj says:

    I was trying in testing ELastic with Uber, I was able to create the index uberagent* but I couldnt find the time field selection at “time”, I mean its graded out but am able to see the data in index but I cant choose the time interval since the time filed selection is not available.Any help would be really appreciated.

    1. Dieter Schmitz says:

      Grayed out fields usually mean that there is no data for this field. If you want to, you can open a support ticket at our website: https://support.uberagent.com/hc/en-us so it’s easier to share detailed information about this topic.

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