Missing X-pack features in elasticsearch.yml

Hey,

I am trying to install x-pack on my elasticsearch+kibana following this documentation . In step Enabling x-pack features it says By default, all X-Pack features are enabled. You can explicitly enable or disable X-Pack features in elasticsearch.yml.

Problem / Issues : I don't find any of the features of x-pack inside the elasticsearch.yml which is present in the path /etc/elasticsearch/.

Below is my elasticsearch.yml:

# ======================== Elasticsearch Configuration =========================
#
# NOTE: Elasticsearch comes with reasonable defaults for most settings.
#       Before you set out to tweak and tune the configuration, make sure you
#       understand what are you trying to accomplish and the consequences.
#
# The primary way of configuring a node is via this file. This template lists
# the most important settings you may want to configure for a production cluster.
#
# Please consult the documentation for further information on configuration options:
# https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/index.html
#
# ---------------------------------- Cluster -----------------------------------
#
# Use a descriptive name for your cluster:
#
#cluster.name: my-application
#
# ------------------------------------ Node ------------------------------------
#
# Use a descriptive name for the node:
#
#node.name: node-1
#
# Add custom attributes to the node:
#
#node.attr.rack: r1
#
# ----------------------------------- Paths ------------------------------------
#
# Path to directory where to store the data (separate multiple locations by comma):
#
#path.data: /path/to/data
#
# Path to log files:
#
#path.logs: /path/to/logs
#
# ----------------------------------- Memory -----------------------------------
#
# Lock the memory on startup:
#
#bootstrap.memory_lock: true
#
# Make sure that the heap size is set to about half the memory available
# on the system and that the owner of the process is allowed to use this
# limit.
#
# Elasticsearch performs poorly when the system is swapping the memory.
#
# ---------------------------------- Network -----------------------------------
#
# Set the bind address to a specific IP (IPv4 or IPv6):
#
   network.host: x.x.x.x
#
# Set a custom port for HTTP:
#
#  http.port: 9200
#
# For more information, consult the network module documentation.
#
# --------------------------------- Discovery ----------------------------------
#
# Pass an initial list of hosts to perform discovery when new node is started:
# The default list of hosts is ["127.0.0.1", "[::1]"]
#
#discovery.zen.ping.unicast.hosts: ["host1", "host2"]
#
# Prevent the "split brain" by configuring the majority of nodes (total number of master-eligible nodes / 2 + 1):
#
#discovery.zen.minimum_master_nodes: 3
#
# For more information, consult the zen discovery module documentation.
#
# ---------------------------------- Gateway -----------------------------------
#
# Block initial recovery after a full cluster restart until N nodes are started:
#
#gateway.recover_after_nodes: 3
#
# For more information, consult the gateway module documentation.
#
# ---------------------------------- Various -----------------------------------
#
# Require explicit names when deleting indices:
#

Am i missing on something here. My elastic search version is 5.4.3 and kibana 5.4.3. Also I have got the basic license and trying work on it . But sure why i don't see any features in elasticsearch.yml file
I have installed elasticsearch using this document
Should I be manually adding all the x-pack features ?

Yes. Full list here: Installing X-Pack | X-Pack for the Elastic Stack [5.4] | Elastic

Thanks for the reply but I was really confused with this line

By default, all X-Pack features are enabled .

Was assuming it was implying that these features are already present (in the elasticsearch.yml)

Also about Step 3 in the document

If you have disabled automatic index creation in Elasticsearch, configure action.auto_create_index in elasticsearch.yml to allow X-Pack to create the following indices:

I could not find the action.auto_create_index also inside my elasticsearch.yml . So this also has to be added in the elasticsearch.yml

By default all X-Pack features are enabled in your cluster.
But X-Pack does not automatically add anything to your elasticsearch.yml file. If you want to explicitly enable/disable features, or configure X-Pack you need to add those settings yourself.

Got it. Thanks

Will try that out and will get back if I find some issues.

The elasticsearch.yml file that comes with Elasticsearch is not exhaustive - it does not contain an example for every possible configuration option, so if you want to configure something you will very often need to add it by hand.

However, that steps explicitly says "If you have disabled automatic index creation in Elasticsearch", since you have not disabled automatic index creation (you would know if you had), you don't need to do anything.

Got it. Thanks lot for the reply

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