Generating an API Key for an ELK Connector

When you are creating an ELK connection, you might need to generate an API key. Use the following procedure to generate the API Key.


When you are completing these steps, replace the cluster and API key details with the details for your environment.

  1. To check, or list, your existing api_key, run the following command:

    curl -k -X GET '' -H 'Authorization: Basic ZWxhc3RpYzpwYXNzdzByZA==' | jq '.'
  2. If you need to create an api_key, run the following command:

    curl -k -X POST '' -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -H 'Authorization: Basic ZWxhc3RpYzpwYXNzdzByZA==' -d '{ "name": "my-api-key-sheikh-2", "role_descriptors": {} }' | jq '.'
  3. Create the encoded-base64-api-key with the following command. Keep "id": "LoRMmn4BCbCvoljFvMzq" and "api_key": "ZZEnRG93Q1i6wOCVW2XWug". These settings are needed to create the encoded-base64-api-key.

    echo -n "{id}:{api_key}" | base64

    For example, see the following example:

    echo -n "LoRMmn4BCbCvoljFvMzq:ZZEnRG93Q1i6wOCVW2XWug" | base64
  4. Test the ELK query by using the encoded-base64-api-key:

    curl -k -X 'GET' '' -H
    'accept: /' -H 'Authorization: ApiKey {encoded-base64-api-key}}'
  5. Test the key with the IBM Cloud Pak Automation console:

    1. Create an ELK connection with api_key as encoded-base64-api-key.
    2. Test the connection.
    3. Turn on data collection and save.
    4. Finally, ensure that your connection is saved.