How can I go about setting the default number of replications and shards for any new indices that will be created in ES? I know that you can use the API to define these for an already created index, but I would like to create my ES cluster, define default # of replications and shards for any index that is created and then let logstash start creating indices.
You should have a look at index templates. I use those to configure shard, replicas and mappings for my logstash indices.
Thanks for the reference. I found this late last night and created a template this morning. I then created a new index that matched the template and it created the correct number of shards and replicas.
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