Is there any point/need/advantage for loading index patterns for filebeat etc. if we use custom index names in elasticsearch output like shown below? For example, If I won't use any of "packetbeat-", "topbeat-", "filebeat-" and "winlogbeat-" in Kibana, why should I load them?
I add them manually but never use them. Instead I use my-index in Kibana dashboard. Hence reason I am asking. If I won't use them why should I add them in first place anyway? I want to know if I am missing out some great features when I ignore them.
as index pattern in Kibana GUI, there is no difference in logs. Logs in both Elasticsearch indexes have exactly the same fields/data. That's why I don't understand why I cannot do mush with Kibana as you said above.
If you don't add the index pattern for the data in Elasticsearch then you can't do much with Kibana.