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Upgrade Tableau Server to a Non-Default Location

You need to install Tableau Server to the same location as your existing Tableau Server so the setup process can locate and upgrade the existing configuration and data.

By default, the Tableau Server setup program installs Tableau Server in the following location:

C:\Program Files\Tableau\Tableau Server\version

and stores data and logs in this location:

C:\ProgramData\Tableau\Tableau Server

If your existing installation is in the default location, you can accept the defaults in the Setup program, and the install process finds your associated data and configuration settings during upgrade.

If your existing installation is not in the default location, you need to tell the Setup program where to install the new version of Tableau Server. How you specify a non-default upgrade location when prompted by the Setup program depends on whether you browse to the location or type the path.

  • If you browse to the install location, the Setup program takes that path and appends \Tableau Server to it, and then installs to a \<version> folder immediately below the \Tableau Server folder. You can see the path that Tableau Server will be installed to when you are browsing, and you can edit that path if it is not correct (if, for example, you do not have a \Tableau Server folder).
  • If you type the install location, the Setup program accepts the path you type and installs to a \<version> folder at the end of that path.

Don't include the \<version> folder when browsing or typing the path.

For example, to upgrade an existing 9.0 Tableau Server is installed to D:\Tableau\9.0, you can either

  • Browse to D: (the Setup program will populate the path as D:\Tableau Server) and edit the path so it reads D:\Tableau

    or

  • Type the path as D:\Tableau