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Add an Administrator Account

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.

The final step in activating Tableau Server is to add the initial administrator account. The administrator will have all access to the server including the ability to manage users, groups, and projects.

The server must be running when you create the initial admin user.

If you have configured the Tableau Server identity store to use LDAP or Active Directory, then the initial administrative user that you specify must be an account in the directory. The initial administrative user is generally distinct from the user account on the Tableau Server computer that you use to run tsm.

However, these accounts can be the same if you have configured the Tableau Server identity store to use Active Directory and the initial admin user is a member of the local administrator group on the Tableau Server computer.

Prerequisites

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

After Tableau Server is finished initializing, the installation program will display a page to create the Tableau Server administrator.

  • If you configured a local identity store during setup, then specify a name and password that you want to use.

  • If you configured a LDAP or Active Directory identity store during setup, then you must specify a user account that is a member of the directory.

If you are installing remotely, then you must sign in to TSM on the physical computer where Tableau Server is installing, or you can access the computer remotely and run the tabcmd initialuser command from a shell.

You must create the initial administrative account for Tableau Server.

  • If you configured a local identity store during setup, then specify a name and password that you want to use.

  • If you configured a LDAP or Active Directory identity store during setup, then you must specify a user account that is a member of the directory.

To create the initial user, run the following tabcmd command:

tabcmd initialuser --server localhost:80 --username "<new-admin-username>"

After you run the command, the shell will prompt for an administrative password.

Next steps

After you have created the Tableau Server administrator account, continue your deployment by working through the configuration topics at Post Installation Tasks.