Skedler Reports v4.10 / Skedler Alerting v4.5: Next-Generation Reporting and for Elasticsearch Kibana 7.6 and Grafana 6.6 is here

We are excited to announce that we have just released version 4.10 of Skedler Reports and Skedler Alerts 4.5! 

Performance optimizations

We have greatly improved the performance of queries that sort by dates or numbers. Quality is affected by many factors, but just to provide a representative benchmark, our tests for which this change applies have shown that certain tests have improved several times faster. Your mileage may vary, but expect it to be pretty good. We plan to continue implementing performance improvements based on our algorithm to solve additional use cases.

Export as Excel Report on Grafana Dashboard

It is now possible to export the Grafana dashboard as an Excel report and schedule the report as hourly, weekly, monthly, etc. Skedler will automatically discover all the existing dashboards which are created by you. All you need to do is just select the dashboard you want to get exported.

Faster composite aggregations on sorted indices

 You have yet to sort those indexes for one more occasion. In situations where a given index is sorted and a composite aggregation is performed on the sorted area, the aggregation can now be terminated early when it becomes obvious that no additional viable candidates are present. And, as with the above performance optimization, users of the composite aggregation will thus benefit from a significant improvement in performance simply by updating their Elasticsearch cluster

The latest release also includes:

  • Support for the latest and greatest version of Elastic Stack and Grafana. Skedler 4.10 supports the following versions:
    • Elastic stack 6.7 to 7.6.x
    • Grafana 6.6.x
    • Open distro for Elasticsearch 6.7 to 7.6.x

Skedler’s Troubleshooting method is now easier in v4.9

Debug log file generation:

If you are unable to run Skedler, the support team will ask you to run Skedler in debug mode and upload log files. Almost 60 percent of users do not find the directory name or the path to log files. From the latest version of Skedler v4.9.0, it’s simple and hassle-free to generate log files and send them to the Skedler support team.

Auto Debug mode:

Advanced settings option is added with a download icon to instantly download the debug file, fast and easy. Users can also select the time frame of the debug as hours or days to download the debug file.

Email PDF, CSV, Excel Reports from Elastic Stack v7.4 and Grafana v6.4.3

We are excited to announce the general availability of Skedler Reports V4.6. Skedler Reports can now be used to generate PDF, CSV, Excel reports from version 7.4.x of Elastic Stack and version 6.4.3 of Grafana.

Skedler Reports version 4.6 is available now on our official download page. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Skedler Reports v4.6.

What’s New With the Skedler Reports v4.6

  • Support for the latest version of Elastic Stack and Grafana. Skedler Reports v4.6 works with the following versions:
    • Elastic stack v7.4.0
    • Grafana v6.4.3

Be sure to check out the 4.6 release highlights for the Skedler Reports for additional information. Or better yet, give it a try on Skedler Reports with a free 15-day trial. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@InfoSkedler) or in our discussion forums!

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Tabular Reports from Elastic Stack – New in Skedler Reports v4.4

We are excited to announce the release of Skedler Reports v4.4. As always, it’s packed with capabilities to help you meet compliance, audit, and snapshot reporting requirements.

Tabular PDF, Excel, CSV Reports from Kibana Data Table

If you are a security analyst or network admin looking for the list of unauthorized IP addresses connecting to your machines, Skedler can deliver the data to you in the form of PDF or Excel. With just a couple of clicks, schedule a PDF and/or Excel report that uses the Kibana data table as a source, sit back and have the reports delivered to your stakeholders automatically!

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Schedule Reports with Custom Time Ranges

If your customer needs a daily report that summarizes the top security events during the work hours of 9 AM – 5 PM, you can send it to them right away. Simply create a custom time range in Kibana and customize your dashboard to use this time range.  In Skedler, schedule a daily report with the dashboard as a data source and you’re all set!

Here is the list of additional features in the new release:

  • You can use the latest features in Elastic Stack 7.3 and Grafana 6.3 and generate reports with Skedler.
  • Users do not need administrator privileges to configure Grafana as a data source in Skedler.

Go Ahead and Try it Out

Test out the data table reports with custom time ranges in ELK 7.3 or Grafana 6.3 environment! Start now below by doing the following:

  1. Download Skedler Reports
  2. Follow the simple steps in our documentation and start generating reports.

Making the Easiest to Use, Easier: Introducing Skedler Reports Plugin for Kibana

Introduction

When you take something that is already the easiest to use software and make it even more, easier, would anyone believe it? How could the guys who built the tool have left room for further simplifying the tool? How is this even possible?

Well, we have achieved the (near) impossible with Skedler Reports. We took Skedler Reports, which is already the easiest and most widely used reporting software for Kibana and Grafana, and made it easier to use.

Skedler Reports pioneered Kibana reporting way before there was an expensive bloated x-pack. In early 2019, Skedler v4.0 set the benchmark for easy and elegant reporting with the drag-n-drop designer, report wizard and more. Within just a few months, we are proud to say that, we have outdone ourselves with the Skedler Reports v4.4. We are excited to announce the availability of Skedler Reports plugin for Kibana.

Skedler Reports plugin for Kibana brings reporting right inside the Kibana framework. Now you can meet SLAs, ensure compliance, and send actionable reports to stakeholders without leaving Kibana. And, you don’t need an expensive x-pack subscription to do so.

In this article, I’d like to give a high-level overview of Skedler Reports plugin’s capabilities and show you how to get started.

What is Skedler Reports?

Before we dive into the Skedler Reports plugin, we will take a quick note of what is Skedler Reports. So, you all know about Kibana, which is an open-source data visualization tool for Elasticsearch. Skedler Reports is the self-service reporting and alerting solution that is used to automate the delivery of metrics, trends, and anomalies from Elasticsearch, Kibana and Grafana.

How do I Manage a Report from Kibana?

By using Skedler Reports as a plugin in Kibana, you don’t need to jump between browser windows for accessing Kibana and Skedler Reports. Skedler Reports becomes an app inside Kibana. Thus Skedler Reports plugin helps you to generate, schedule and manage the reports of Kibana dashboards and searches within Kibana UI.

Why Skedler Reports Plugin?

Compared to X-Pack or other DIY scripts like Kibi, Skedler Reports offers remarkable advantages:

  1. Skedler Reports are significantly cost-effective than X-Pack. Also, it doesn’t require the combination of two tools like reporting + watcher.
  2. It is a significant time-saver since it is much simpler, quicker, and easier to use than any of the DIY scripts. And, don’t forget the support and timely maintenance updates.
  3. Last, but not least, Skedler Reports offers powerful features such as Report Designer, Burst Reporting, Templates, Variable support, Grafana support that are not available in any other tool.
  4. With Skedler Reports now available as an app inside Kibana, you are left with no further excuse for spending a boatload of money on X-Pack or a ton of your precious time with DIY scripts.

So, how do I use Skedler Reports Plugin from Kibana?

Skedler Reports plugin is available for Kibana versions from 6.5.x to 7.x. First, go ahead and install the Skedler Reports server. To install Skedler Reports plugin, copy the URL of the Skedler Reports plugin matching your exact Kibana version from here. Once you copy the URL, Stop the Kibana and goto the Kibana installation directory say $kibana_home then execute the following steps:

Installation

Let’s say you have Kibana v7.2.0 and Skedler Reports plugin v4.3.0-beta, then install using the command below:

Configuration:

Once the Skedler Reports plugin is installed, configure the Skedler Reports URL to connect to the Skedler Reports server.

  • Goto Kibana installation directory, consider Kibana installation directory as $kibana_home
  • cd $kibana_home/plugins/skedler/config
  • To edit the configuration file skedler_reports.yml, run the command below:

URL Configuration

Configure the Skedler Reports server URL in the skedler_reports_url variable. By default, the variable is set as shown below,

Basic Auth Configuration

If the Skedler Reports server URL requires basic authentication, for example, Nginx, uncomment and configure the skedler_username and skedler_password with the basic authentication credentials as shown below:

Let’s start Skedler Reports plugin

Once you have configured the Skedler Reports plugin in Kibana UI, you can start using by clicking Skedler Reports in the Kibana UI navigation menu.

Wrap

Hopefully, this overview has helped you in understanding Skedler Reports Plugin and it has also opened your eyes to the value of Skedler Reports as Kibana Plugin. If you have any more questions please refer our Skedler Support. I recommend trying them out. Hopefully, they will make your reporting shine.

One more good news is that we are releasing the support for ELK Stack 7.3 very soon.

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Skedler v4.1: Next Generation Reporting for Elasticsearch Kibana 7.0 and Grafana 6.1 is here

We are excited to announce that we have just released version 4.1 of Skedler Reports!  

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Self Service Reporting Solution for Elasticsearch Kibana 7.0 and Grafana 6.1

We understand that your stakeholders and customers need intuitive and flexible options to save time in receiving the data that matters to them and we’ve achieved exactly that with the release of Skedler 4.1.  The newly enhanced UI offers a delightful user experience for creating and scheduling reports from your Elasticsearch Kibana 7.0 and Grafana 6.1 .

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Multi-Tenancy Capabilities

If you are a service provider, you need a simple and automated way to provide different groups of users (i.e. “tenants”) with access to different sets of data. Skedler 4.1’s powerful and secure multi-tenancy capabilities will now allow you to send reports to your customers from your multi-tenant analytics application within minutes.  Supported with Search Guard, Open Distro & X-Pack.

Intuitive and Mobile Ready Reports

Skedler 4.1 will now allow you to produce high-resolution HTML reports from Elasticsearch Kibana and Grafana that will make it easy and convenient for your end users to access to critical data through their mobile devices and email clients. No more cumbersome and large PDF attachments.

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The latest release also includes:

  • Support for the latest and greatest version of Elastic Stack and Grafana. Skedler 4.1 supports the following versions:
    • Elastic stack 6.7 and 7.0
    • Grafana 6.1.x
    • Open distro for Elasticsearch 6.7 and 7.0.  

Please continue to send us feedback for what new capabilities you’d like to see in the future by reaching out to us at [email protected]

Skedler Update: Version 3.9 Released

Skedler Update: Version 3.9 Released

Here’s everything you need to know about the new Skedler v3.9. Download the update now to take advantage of its new features for both Skedler Reports and Alerts.

What’s New With Skedler Reports v3.9

  • Support for:
    • ReadOnlyRest Elasticsearch/Kibana Security Plugin.
    • Chromium web browser for Skedler report generation.
    • Report bursting in Grafana reports if the Grafana dashboard is set with Template Variables.
    • Elasticsearch version 6.4.0 and Kibana version 6.4.0.
  • Ability to install Skedler Reports through Debian and RPM packages.
  • Simplified installation levels of Skedler Reports here.
  • Upgraded license module
    • NOTE: License reactivation is required when you upgrade Skedler Reports from the older version to the latest v3.8. Refer to this URL to reactivate the Skedler Reports license key.
    • Deactivation of Skedler license key in UI

What’s New With Skedler Alerts v3.9

  • Support for:
    • Installing Skedler Alerts via Debian and RPM packages.
    • GET method type in Webhook.
    • Elasticsearch 6.4.0.
  • Simplified installation levels of Skedler. Refer to this URL for installation guides.
  • Upgraded license module:
    • NOTE: License reactivation is required when you upgrade Skedler Alerts from the older version to the latest v3.8. Refer to this URL to reactivate the Skedler Alerts license key.
  • Deactivation of Skedler Alerts license key in UI

 

Get Skedler Reports

Download Skedler Reports

Get Skedler Alerts

Download Skedler Alerts

 

Skedler Update: Version 3.7 Released

Skedler v3.7 Updates

We have some exciting news for you, Skedler v3.7 is now available with new features.

What’s New in Skedler Reports v3.7

  • Support for Elasticsearch version from 5.x to 6.3.x and Kibana version from 5.x to 6.3.x
  • Support for Search Guard from 5.0.x to 6.2.x
  • Retain the same order of the visualizations in reports as it is in Kibana/Grafana dashboard
  • REST API support
  • Ability to test email/Slack with the configured email/Slack settings

What’s New in Skedler Alerts v3.7

  • Elastic 6.3 Support

Download the latest version of Skedler from the Free Trial page: Download Skedler

For technical help, visit our Support Page for more information: Skedler Support 

Skedler Update: Version 3.4 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Skedler version 3.4. Download the update now to take advantage of the new capabilities and features for Reporting and Alerts.

If you are using ELK stack or Grafana, Skedler Reporting and Alerts version 3.4 makes distributing custom, branded reports and actionable, timely alerts to your customers and team even better.

  • Skedler Reports & Alerts AMI Directly in AWS
  • Painless Script Support
  • Elasticsearch & Kibana 6.2 Support
  • Flatline Alert Rules
  • Attach CSV to Alerts
  • Better User Interface

New for Skedler Reports

Skedler Reports is now available as an AMI in AWS. No more waiting for hardware provisioning for Skedler. Now you can schedule and generate reports all in one place. Simply search for Skedler AMI in the AWS Marketplace, launch it in EC2, and connect it to your Elasticsearch and Kibana instance – and you’re ready to go!

With Painless Script support, you can create custom reports from Kibana or Grafana dashboards and searches that use Painless scripted fields.

If you have updated to Elasticsearch & Kibana 6.2, we have you covered. Keeping up to date with the latest version, as well as continuing to support older versions, is important to us because we know how annoying it is when your tools don’t work.

Additionally, with several UI/UX enhancements, Skedler Reports is even simpler to use.

New for Skedler Alerts

Like Reports, Skedler Alerts is now available as an AMI in AWS. Simply and quickly monitor your data for anomalies and automate data alerts without having to log into multiple tools. To set it up, simply search for Skedler Alerts AMI in the AWS Marketplace, launch it in EC2, connect it to your Elasticsearch instance.

Missing a heartbeat event? Get Alerted with Skedler. Using the Flatline Rule template in Skedler, you can monitor critical heartbeat events from your infrastructure and get notified via email, Slack or webhook if an event is missing. 

Interested in analyzing the data that triggered an alert notification? Skedler Alerts can now deliver the alert datasets in .csv format along with the alert notifications.

We have also improved the look and feel of Skedler Alerts. Now, it has the same intuitive and consistent interface as Skedler Reports.

Get Skedler v3.4

Download your update or start your free trial now!

  • Skedler Reporting v3.4
  • Skedler Alerts v3.4

Skedler Reports v3.3 for ELK 6.1.1, Historical Reports Viewer, REST API, and Tags

Introducing Skedler Reports v3.3

Upgrading to Elasticsearch(ELK) stack 6.1.1 and looking for a powerful, yet affordable and easy to use reporting alternative to X-Pack?  Introducing Skedler Reports v3.3 that enables custom reporting for Elasticsearch Kibana 6.1.1 and also Grafana.   With Skedler Reports v3.3, you can:

  • Schedule, create and distribute powerful, custom PDF, XLS, CSV reports from Elasticsearch-Kibana 6.1.1 platform.  ELK 5 is also supported.
  • Search and view historical reports.
  • Create, schedule, and generate reports directly from your application using REST API.
  • Add tags to reports for easier classification and searching.
  • Connect Skedler to Elasticsearch Kibana securely using SSL/TLS.
  • Use Skedler Reports with Search Guard Kibana Plug-in

Below is a quick look at the highlights of Skedler Reports v3.3.

Elasticsearch Kibana 6.1.1 Support

Ever since the launch of Skedler v1.0 for ELK 1.x,  Skedler has kept pace with the ELK releases and provided powerful reporting features for ELK users.  Skedler releases for new versions of ELK are typically available within a month from the GA of the ELK releases.

With Skedler v3.3, you can now create informative and stylish reports from ELK 6.1.1.  If you have applications on older versions of ELK, you can still use the latest version of Skedler which supports ELK 2.3.x to 6.1.1.

Search and Download Historical Reports

Are your users requesting copies of reports from the past?  No problem! Skedler v3.3 makes it easy to search historical reports by attributes.  You can search for historical reports by

  • Time
  • Tags (more on it later in this article)
  • Format (PDF/Excel)
  • Scheduling Frequency
  • Recipients

You can instantly download a copy of the report and share it with your users when they need it.   Historical Reports feature is available in Skedler Premium and Enterprise Edition.

REST API for Integration

Are you looking to generate reports from ELK stack using API?  Skedler v3.3 makes it easy to create, schedule and generate reports using REST APIs.

The Skedler Reports REST API allows you to

  • Create reports for Kibana/Grafana Dashboards
  • Get a list of all the reports
  • Instantly generate and send the reports via Mail and Slack
  • Schedule a report
  • Configure report action(Mail/Slack) for the created reports.

You can find detailed information regarding the REST APIs in the Support Portal.

Integration via REST API is available in Skedler Designer Edition.

Organize and Search Reports with Tags

As the number of reports grows in your organization, you need better tools to organize and search the reports.  Tags in Skedler v3.3 provide an efficient way to organize the reports.  You can assign multiple tags to a report and search across tags to filter the reports.

What Else is New in Skedler v3.3

There are several more features in Skedler v3.3 that simplify reporting for Elasticsearch Kibana and Grafana applications.  You can learn more about these capabilities and review the release notes here.

Try Skedler v3.3 Free

Download Skedler Reports from the Free Trial page and try it free to see if it meets the reporting requirements for your Elasticsearch Kibana or Grafana application.

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