Elastic Cloud Enterprise 2.3 Released
July 30, 2019

Elastic Cloud Enterprise (ECE) version 2.3 is now available, bringing one of the most anticipated features, role-based access control (RBAC), into general availability.

The addition of RBAC capabilities to ECE allows organizations to safely expand self-service access to ECE for a larger group of users, and relieve some of the operational load off of ECE admins.

ECE was built to allow users to manage Elastic Stack deployments at scale, whether managing just a few deployments or thousands. When managing these deployments, many customers wanted to have more fine-grained control over deployment access and management privileges. Now with RBAC on ECE, you can onboard additional users who can perform basic operations without handing over admin user credentials.

The pre-configured roles for RBAC on ECE include the following:

- Platform Admin: Full permissions to manage all platform assets and deployments; equivalent to the default admin user
- Platform Viewer: Read-only permissions to all platform assets and deployments; equivalent to the default read-only user
- Deployments Admin: Create and manage deployments, without any access to platform level assets
- Deployments Viewer: Read-only permissions to existing deployments, without any access to platform level assets

The pre-configured roles are meant to better separate platform level assets, such as repositories, runners, allocators, deployment templates, etc., and managed deployments. This approach is meant to easily delegate permissions to users and teams, supporting a more self-service approach.

Many customers already have existing identity providers with users, groups, and team structures defined that need to be mapped to different permission sets. With RBAC in ECE 2.3, Elastic streamlines that integration by allowing you to plug in users from Active Directory, SAML, or LDAP, making onboarding even easier.

In addition to RBAC, ECE 2.3 contains a few stability improvements and bug fixes, including:

- Elasticsearch heap dumps: Customers can now create Elasticsearch heap dumps under Operations > Capture heap dump. These require snapshots to be enabled and allow you to download heap dumps when troubleshooting.

- Advanced deployment activity pane: When viewing the activity for a deployment users now have more flexibility when filtering and searching for specific events.

- Deployment REST API payload example: Elastic now offers an easy way to get an example directly from within the UI. By clicking on Equivalent API request next to Create deployment, you can see an example you can copy and paste to create a deployment using the ECE REST API.

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