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Managed indices

You can change or update a policy using the managed index operations.

This table lists the fields of managed index operations.

Parameter Description Type Required Read Only
name The name of the managed index policy. string Yes No
index The name of the managed index that this policy is managing. string Yes No
index_uuid The uuid of the index. string Yes No
enabled When true, the managed index is scheduled and run by the scheduler. boolean Yes No
enabled_time The time the managed index was last enabled. If the managed index process is disabled, then this is null. timestamp Yes Yes
last_updated_time The time the managed index was last updated. timestamp Yes Yes
schedule The schedule of the managed index job. object Yes No
policy_id The name of the policy used by this managed index. string Yes No
policy_seq_no The sequence number of the policy used by this managed index. number Yes No
policy_primary_term The primary term of the policy used by this managed index. number Yes No
policy_version The version of the policy used by this managed index. number Yes Yes
policy The cached JSON of the policy for the policy_version that’s used during runs. If the policy is null, it means that this is the first execution of the job and the latest policy document is read in/saved. object No No
change_policy The information regarding what policy and state to change to. object No No
policy_name The name of the policy to update to. To update to the latest version, set this to be the same as the current policy_name. string No Yes
state The state of the managed index after it finishes updating. If no state is specified, it’s assumed that the policy structure did not change. string No Yes

The following example shows a managed index policy:

  "managed_index": {
    "name": "my_index",
    "index": "my_index",
    "index_uuid": "sOKSOfkdsoSKeofjIS",
    "enabled": true,
    "enabled_time": 1553112384,
    "last_updated_time": 1553112384,
    "schedule": {
      "interval": {
        "period": 1,
        "unit": "MINUTES",
        "start_time": 1553112384
    "policy_id": "log_rotation",
    "policy_version": 1,
    "policy": {...},
    "change_policy": null

Change policy

You can change any managed index policy, but ISM has a few constraints in place to make sure that policy changes don’t break indices.

If an index is stuck in its current state, never proceeding, and you want to update its policy immediately, make sure that the new policy includes the same state—same name, same actions, same order—as the old policy. In this case, even if the policy is in the middle of executing an action, ISM applies the new policy.

If you update the policy without including an identical state, ISM updates the policy only after all actions in the current state finish executing. Alternately, you can choose a specific state in your old policy after which you want the new policy to take effect.

To change a policy using OpenSearch Dashboards, do the following:

  • Under Managed indices, choose the indices that you want to attach the new policy to.
  • To attach the new policy to indices in specific states, choose Choose state filters, and then choose those states.
  • Under Choose New Policy, choose the new policy.
  • To start the new policy for indices in the current state, choose Keep indices in their current state after the policy takes effect.
  • To start the new policy in a specific state, choose Start from a chosen state after changing policies, and then choose the default start state in your new policy.
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