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Install and Initialize TSM

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 guides you through the process of installing Tableau Server and initializing Tableau Services Manager (TSM).

Important: Do not install a beta version of Tableau Server in your production environment. You should also never restore a production Tableau Server installation using a backup of a beta version.

Prerequisites

Before proceeding, review the topic, Before you install....

Running Setup

After you download the Tableau Server installation file, follow the instructions below to install the server.

Important: Do not install a beta version of Tableau Server in your production environment. You should also never restore a production Tableau Server installation using a backup of a beta version.

  1. Double-click the installation file.

  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete Setup and install the application.

    Image from setup that allows you to change the file path

    The default installation path is C:\Program Files\Tableau\Tableau Server. You can choose a different location, including a different drive, either by browsing to or typing in a new path.

    If you are upgrading from Tableau Server version 2018.1 or earlier and Tableau was installed to a non-default location, you need to navigate to that non-default path during the upgrade. For details, see Upgrade Tableau Server in a Non-Default Location.

    If you are prompted by Windows Defender Firewall, click Allow access. You may need to do this multiple times for the installation to complete.

  3. After the installation completes, click Finish. Setup will then open the TSM configuration web page on the computer where you are installing Tableau Server.

    If you need to support characters that are not the Latin-1 set, install the Windows Language Packs via Control Panel > Regional and Language Options. The language packs will need to be installed on the initial server as well as any additional nodes.

Install Tableau Server

  1. Open a command prompt as a user with administrator access to the computer where you want to install Tableau Server.

  2. Download the Setup program from the Tableau Server Downloads and Release Notes page.

  3. Navigate to the directory where you copied the Setup program.

  4. Run the Setup program from the command line using the /SILENT and /ACCEPTEULA options:

    TableauServer-64bit-<version>.exe /silent /accepteula

    Note: There are a number of different installation options you can specify during CLI installation, for example, to change installation and logging paths, or to specify the TSM controller port. For a complete list of switches that you can specify during CLI installation, see Install Switches for Tableau Server.

  5. Close the command window and open a new one, then confirm that TSM is installed and running:

    tsm status -v

    The status will be STOPPED but the tsm-specific processes will be running:

    node1: localhost
    Status: STOPPED
    'Tableau Server Coordination Service 0' is running.
    'Tableau Server Administration Agent 0' is running.
    'Tableau Server Administration Controller 0' is running.
    'Tableau Server License Manager 0' is running.
    'Tableau Server Client File Service 0' is running.

Configure Tableau Server for a forward proxy

If your organization uses a forward proxy solution to access the internet, then configure Tableau Server to use the proxy server. Tableau Server must access the internet for map data and for default licensing functionality.

We recommend configuring Tableau Server for a forward proxy solution at this point of the installation process. See Configuring Tableau Server on Windows to work with a forward proxy.

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