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Activate and Register Tableau Server

Tableau Server on Windows now includes Tableau Services Manager (TSM), which replaces the Configuration Utility and the tabadmin command line tool. If you need help for an earlier version of Tableau Server, see the Tableau Help page.

This topic describes how to activate and register Tableau Server.

Tableau Server requires at least one product key that both activates the server and specifies the number of license levels you can assign to users. You can access your product keys from the Tableau Customer Account Center.

If you need to activate Tableau Server on a computer that is offline, see Activate Tableau Server Offline. If you need to activate additional product keys to add capacity to an existing Tableau Server installation, see Add Capacity to Tableau Server.

Prerequisite

Before proceeding with the procedures in this topic, complete the following prerequisites as outlined in Install and Configure Tableau Server:

  1. If the computer where you are installing Tableau Server has been configured to connect to the internet through a forward proxy, follow the procedure in the topic, Configure Product Key Operations with Forward Proxy, before continuing.

  2. Sign in to Tableau Services Manager Web UI.

  3. On the Activate page, Enter or paste your product key and click Activate License.

  4. On the Register page, enter your information into the fields and click Register.

Configure for forward proxy

If the computer where you are installing Tableau Server has been configured to connect to the internet through a forward proxy, follow the procedure in the topic, Configure Product Key Operations with Forward Proxy, before continuing.

Log in to Tableau Services Manager

Before you can proceed you must log in to Tableau Services Manager (TSM).

To log in to TSM, run the following command:

tsm login -u <username>

What if I can't log in?

Verify that the account you are using is a member of the Local Administrators group on the Windows computer where you are installing Tableau Server.

Activate Tableau Server

To activate Tableau Server for production use, you must have a product key.

To activate a product key, run the following command:

                        tsm licenses activate -k <product key>
                    

To activate a two-week trial, run the following command:

                        tsm licenses activate -t
                    

If you are unable to activate Tableau, for example, if you get an error like this:

License Server not available

see Activate Tableau Server Offline.

Register Tableau Server

After activation, you need to register Tableau Server. To do this, create a registration file and then pass it as an option with the tsm register command.

  1. Generate a template that you can edit by running the following command:

    tsm register --template > /path/to/<registration_file>.json

  2. Edit the template file to create your completed registration file.

    Here is an example of a registration file in the required format:

     								{ 								"zip" : "97403", 								"country" : "USA", 								"city" : "Springfield", 								"last_name" : "Simpson", 								"industry" : "Energy", 								"eula" : "yes", 								"title" : "Safety Inspection Engineer", 								"phone" : "5558675309", 								"company" : "Example", 								"state" : "OR", 								"department" : "Engineering", 								"first_name" : "Homer", 								"email" : "homer@example.com" 							}	
  3. After saving changes to the file, pass it with the --file option to register Tableau Server:

    tsm register --file /path/to/<registration_file>.json

    For example:

    tsm register --file C:\Users\mwatson\Documents\tableau-reg-file.json

If you have a product key for Data Management Add-on license, and plan to enable Tableau Prep Conductor, see Install Tableau Server with Prep Conductor.

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