I'm in the process of building out a logstash setup at work. We have a considerable amount of logs from a number of sources. One thing I wanted to figure out was how to backup/restore the various dashboards I am making along the way. Doing them one at a time from Kibana seemed inefficient. ElasticSearch snapshot feature is the answer. In general it's to backup/restore any/all of your indices. Your dashboards are stored in kibana-int index.

The steps are listed out here Here. Here is how it went for me. There isn't much more here than what is on that page, their instructions are quite good:)

Create the local repo:

curl -XPUT 'http://localhost:9200/_snapshot/dopey_backup' -d '{
    "type": "fs",
    "settings": {
        "compress" : true,
        "location": "/var/data/elasticsearch/backup"
    }
}'

The directory used for backups needs to be writable by the elasticsearch users:

[dopey@dopey-logstash ~]#  curl -XPUT "localhost:9200/_snapshot/dopey_backup/snapshot_1?wait_for_completion=false"
{"error":"SnapshotCreationException[[dopey_backup:snapshot_1] failed to create snapshot]; nested: FileNotFoundException[/var/data/elasticsearch/backup/snapshot-snapshot_1 (Permission denied)]; ","status":500}
[dopey@dopey-logstash ~]# chown -R elasticsearch:elasticsearch /var/data/elasticsearch/backup/
[dopey@dopey-logstash ~]#  curl -XPUT "localhost:9200/_snapshot/dopey_backup/snapshot_1?wait_for_completion=false"
{"accepted":true}

You can see the backup being built in your set location:

[dopey@dopey-logstash ~]# ls -lh /var/data/elasticsearch/backup/
total 16K
-rw-r--r--. 1 elasticsearch elasticsearch   31 Jul  2 13:27 index
drwxr-xr-x. 5 elasticsearch elasticsearch 4.0K Jul  2 13:27 indices
-rw-r--r--. 1 elasticsearch elasticsearch  522 Jul  2 13:27 metadata-snapshot_1
-rw-r--r--. 1 elasticsearch elasticsearch  256 Jul  2 13:27 snapshot-snapshot_1
[dopey@dopey-logstash ~]#

Check on status of the backups:

[dopey@dopey-logstash ~]# curl -s -XGET "localhost:9200/_snapshot/dopey_backup/_all"| python2 -mjson.tool
{
    "snapshots": [
        {
            "duration_in_millis": 7397, 
            "end_time": "2014-07-02T11:39:08.893Z", 
            "end_time_in_millis": 1404301148893, 
            "failures": [], 
            "indices": [
                "logstash-2014.07.02", 
                "kibana-int"
            ], 
            "shards": {
                "failed": 0, 
                "successful": 10, 
                "total": 10
            }, 
            "snapshot": "snapshot_1", 
            "start_time": "2014-07-02T11:39:01.496Z", 
            "start_time_in_millis": 1404301141496, 
            "state": "SUCCESS"
        }
    ]
}
[dopey@dopey-logstash ~]#

The kibana-int indice is what contains your dashboards. If I ever wanted to just restore those i'd do:

curl -XPOST "localhost:9200/_snapshot/dopey_backup/snapshot_1/_restore" -d '{
    "indices": "kibana-int",
    "ignore_unavailable": "true",
    "include_global_state": false

}'
By Jacob Morgan

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