It would be rather useful to have an option to send some sort of heartbeat with every beat. While it's good to have the
Heartbeat-beat to show whether a host is up or not I'd really like to have a way to see if a specific beat is running (and working).
I know I can use monitoring tools like Icinga 2 to check for running beats processes I don't have a way to check a specific beat if it still send's data.
I dream of queries against Elasticsearch (maybe with Icinga 2) checking if each host with Filebeat, Winlogbeat, etc. has sent anything within the last 15 Minuten (configurable). If there was no "real" message to be sent, the beat sent a "ping" message so that there was at least something to be processed.