Elastic Fleet

Security Onion Console (SOC) includes a link on the sidebar that takes you to the Fleet page inside Kibana.


Elastic Fleet is pre-configured during Security Onion setup. If you need to make changes to the configuration, you can do so via the Fleet page in Kibana as detailed below.


This section displays registered Elastic agents and allows the user to add additional agents. For more information about Elastic agents, please see the Elastic Agent section.

To view agent details, click the Host name.

To assign the agent to a new policy, unenroll, upgrade the agent, or perform other actions, click the Actions menu on the right side of the agent listing and select the appropriate option.

By default, Elastic Agent is installed on every Security Onion grid node. As a result, all grid node agents will be enrolled in the SO-Grid-Nodes agent policy.


We do not recommend removing policy settings for Security Onion grid node agents.

Adding Agents

To add a new agent to your deployment, see the Elastic Agent section.

Agent Policies

Agent policies dictate what data each agent will ingest and forward to Elasticsearch. This could be through the use of an HTTP, log file, or TCP-based input.

The individual components within each agent policy are called integrations (referred to as package policies at the API level), and refer to a specific input and settings pertinent to a data source.

For example, the SO-Grid-Nodes agent policy is comprised of the following integrations:

  • elasticsearch-logs (Elasticsearch integration)

  • import-evtx-logs (Custom Logs integration)

  • import-suricata-logs (Custom Logs integration)

  • import-zeek-logs (Custom Logs integration)

  • kratos-logs (Custom Logs integration)

  • osquery-grid-nodes (Osquery Manager integration)

  • redis-logs (Redis integration)

  • strelka-logs (Custom Logs integration)

  • suricata-logs (Custom Logs integration)

  • syslog-tcp-514 (Custom Logs integration)

  • syslog-udp-514 (Custom Logs integration)

  • system-grid-nodes (System integration)

  • zeek-logs (Custom Logs integration)

Agent Policies - endpoints-initial

Agent installers downloaded from Downloads are deployed using the endpoints-initial Agent Policy. This policy includes the Elastic Defend, Osquery Manager, System, and Windows integrations.

elastic-defend-endpoints (Elastic Defend integration)

The Elastic Defend integration has both free and paid features. By default, only the following free features are enabled:

  • Event Collection - Windows

    • Credential Access

    • DLL and Driver Load

    • DNS

    • File

    • Network

    • Process

    • Registry

    • Security

  • Event Collection - macOS

    • File

    • Process

    • Network

  • Event Collection - Linux

    • File

    • Network

    • Process

osquery-endpoints (Osquery Manager integration)

The Osquery Manager integration runs osquery as a daemon on the endpoint and makes the endpoint available for Live or Scheduled queries through the Osquery manager interface in Kibana.

system-endpoints (System integration)

The System integration collects the following logs from the endpoint, where applicable:

  • System auth logs

    • /var/log/auth.log*

    • /var/log/secure*

  • Syslog logs

    • /var/log/messages*

    • /var/log/syslog*

    • /var/log/system*

  • Windows Event Log - Application channel

  • Windows Event Log - Security channel

  • Windows Event Log - System channel

windows-endpoints (Windows integration)

The Windows integration collects the following logs from the endpoint, where applicable:

  • Windows Event Log:

    • ForwardedEvents channel

    • Windows Powershell channel

    • Microsoft-Windows-Powershell/Operational channel

    • Microsoft-Windows-Sysmon/Operational channel


Elastic Fleet supports integrations and you can read more in the Third Party Integrations section.

Enrollment Tokens

An enrollment token allows an agent to enroll in Fleet, subscribe to a particular agent policy, and send data.

Each agent policy typically uses its own enrollment token. It is recommended that these tokens are NOT to be changed, especially those generated by default Security Onion agent policies.

Data Streams

Data collected by Elastic Agent is sent to a data stream (https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/fleet/current/fleet-overview.html#data-streams-intro) by default. This allows data to be efficiently categorized and managed across a variety of datasets. This section within the Fleet UI allows for a quick review of data streams generated by data from Elastic Agent.


The section provides details such as:

  • Fleet server hosts in your deployment

  • Configured outputs

    • specifies where data will be sent

    • this should include Elasticseach for the Fleet server and Logstash for Elastic Agent

  • Method in which agent binaries will be downloaded

    • this will be a a local artifact repository if running an airgapped deployment)


We do NOT recommend changing these settings, as they are managed by Security Onion.

If you want more granular control over which Fleet Server an Agent will send logs to, there are two options:

  • The first option is to use firewall rules to only allow certain agents. Suppose you have two Fleet Server Nodes, one at and the other at If you want your endpoints in the subnet to only connect to the Fleet server at, you would add custom firewall rules via Administration –> Configuration –> firewall –> hostgroups –> elastic_agent_endpoint. Select the Fleet Node and add Endpoints in that subnet will still attempt to connect to the Fleet Server Node at, but since it is not accessible (no firewall rules that enable communication), they will connect to the Fleet Node at

  • The second option is to purchase an Elastic license. A paid Elastic license offers the ability to customize different Outputs per Agent Policy.


You can add custom FQDN for Agents to connect to (for both control traffic on port TCP/8220 and data traffic on port TCP/5055) by editing the config as follows.

First, go to Administration –> Configuration –> elasticfleet.


At the top of the page, click the Options menu and then enable the Show all configurable settings, including advanced settings. option. Then, navigate to elasticfleet –> config –> server –> custom_fqdn and set your custom FQDN. Within 15 minutes, the grid will apply these new settings and you should see the new FQDNs show up in Elastic Fleet settings. New agent installers will also be regenerated to use this new setting.

More Information


For more information about Fleet, please see https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/kibana/current/fleet.html.