The installation instructions on the main Metricbeat download page are straight forward:
- Download and unzip Metricbeat
- Edit the metricbeat.yml configuration file
- Start the daemon by running ./metricbeat -e -c metricbeat.yml (with admin privileges)
The Getting Started Guide's installation instructions are a little more complicated. It has you run a powershell script that sets up Metricbeat as a Window's service.
Could someone explain the pros and cons of both methods?