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Configure Server Alerts

On the Alerts and Subscriptions tab of the Tableau Server Configuration utility, you can configure the following server alerts:

  • Email alerts for system failures
  • Disk space usage:
    • Recording usage history
    • Email alerts when space crosses or remains below pre-configured thresholds

In the same part of the utility, you can also enable emails for subscriptions to views. For detailed information, see Set Up a Server for Subscriptions.

Note: You need to configure SMTP before you can configure subscriptions or alerts. For more information, see Configure SMTP Setup.

Alerts for system failures

Tableau Server can send email alerts to server administrators when there is a system failure.

When you configure alerts, Tableau Server sends an email to the recipients listed in Send email to on the SMTP Setup tab any time that the data engine, repository, or gateway server processes stop or restart, or any time the primary Tableau Server stops or restarts. If you are running a single-server installation (all processes on the same machine), health alerts are only sent when Tableau Server is up. No "down" alerts are sent. If you are running a distributed installation that's configured for failover (see Configure for Failover and Multiple Gateways), a DOWN alert means that the active repository or a data engine instance has failed and the subsequent UP alert means that the passive instance (repository) or second instance (data engine) of that process has taken over.

To configure email alerts for system failures

  1. On the Alerts and Subscriptions tab of the Tableau Server Configuration utility, select Send email alerts for server component up, down, and failover events.

  2. Click OK.

Disk space monitoring

If Tableau Server is configured to monitor free disk space and send alerts about low disk space, when space on any node in a server installation drops below the configured thresholds, Tableau Server sends an email to the recipients listed in Send email to on the SMTP Setup tab.

Disk space usage

When you configure Tableau Server to record disk space usage, information about free disk space is saved in the Repository and you can view the usage history using the Administrative Views.

To configure Tableau Server to record disk space usage

  1. On the Alerts and Subscriptions tab of the Tableau Server Configuration utility, select Record disk space usage information, including threshold violations.

  2. Click OK.

You can configure Tableau Server to send email alerts when disk space usage on any node crosses a threshold, or remains below the threshold.

To configure email alerts for low disk space

  1. On the Alerts and Subscriptions tab of the Tableau Server Configuration utility, select Send alerts when unused drive space drops below thresholds.

  2. In Warning threshold, enter the percentage of free disk space that Tableau Server should use a warning threshold.

    If free disk space on any node in your Tableau Server cluster drops below this percentage, Tableau Server sends a warning alert email. Alerts continue until free disk space rises above the threshold. To configure the frequency of alerts, see Step 4 below.

  3. In Critical threshold, enter the percentage of free disk thatTableau Server should use as a critical threshold.

    If free disk space on any node in your Tableau Server cluster drops below this percentage, Tableau Server sends a critical alert email. Alerts continue until free disk space rises above the threshold. To configure the frequency of alerts, see Step 4 below.

  4. In Send email alert every, enter the number of minutes for how often Tableau Server should send an alert.

  5. Click OK.