About Tableau Server Management Add-on

Tableau Server Management Add-on is a separately licensed Add-on to Tableau Server which will provide enhanced security, manageability, and scalability capabilities for Tableau Server.

Server Management Add-on Licensing Requirements

Server Management Add-on is licensed on a per Deployment basis, which may be User-Based or Core-Based. A Deployment includes a licensed production Tableau Server installation and two licensed non-production Tableau Server installations that support the production installation. For more information on Deployment, see the EULA Documentation.

  • The Server Management Add-on can only be activated on a licensed Tableau Server Deployment. This means that your Tableau Server must be first activated with a valid key that is either User-Based or Core-Based, before applying the Server Management Add-on product key. For more information on how to purchase Server Management Add-on and get the product key, contact your account manager.

  • When the product key is active and enabled, you can use all the features that are included in the Add-on.

  • When the Server Management Add-on product key is removed or deactivated, you will no longer be able to use the features that require a valid Server Management Add-on license. Any associated data will not be deleted. Each feature might have slight differences on what happens when the license expires. For more information on the individual features use the links in the table below.

The following table lists the features that are included and require a valid Server Management Add-on license:

Note: The Resource Monitoring Tool is currently not supported on Linux installations.

Feature Description Requirements to use the feature
About Tableau Resource Monitoring Tool Provides a comprehensive look at the health of Tableau Server. With the Resource Monitoring Tool you can identify issues that cause slow load times, extract failures, and other critical issues and can help you proactively address the issues that impact end user experience. The Tableau Server that you are monitoring must have a Server Management Add-on license.
About Tableau Content Migration Tool The Content Migration Tool provides an easy way to copy or migrate content between Tableau Server projects, sites and deployments. You can do this between projects on separate Tableau Server installations (for instance, between a development instance of Tableau Server and a production instance of Tableau Server), or between projects on a single Tableau Server installation.
  • Both the source Tableau Server (Server that you are moving the content from) and the target Tableau Server (Server that you are moving the content to) must have a valid Server Management Add-on license.
  • The Content Migration Tool must be installed on a version of Microsoft Windows that supports .NET 4.6.1 (Windows 7 or later, Windows Server 2008R2 or later).
Tableau Server External Repository Allows you to deploy Tableau Server Repository to Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS).  The Tableau Server Repository is a PostgreSQL database that stores data about all user interactions, extract refreshes, and more. The Tableau Server that is using an external repository must have a Server Management Add-on license.
Workload Management through Node Roles Using node roles, you can configure where certain types of workloads are processed on your Tableau Server installation. The node roles features allows you to dedicate and scale resources to specific workloads (ex: extract refreshes, subscriptions). The Tableau Server must have a valid Server Management Add-on license.
Key Management System Gives you additional functionality to configure Tableau Server to use AWS as the KMS for extract encryption. Tableau Server must have a valid Server Management Add-on license.

Activating the Server Management Add-on license

The Server Management Add-on license is applied to a Tableau Server Installation and can be used for both User-Based and Core-Based installations.

Here is a quick overview of how you can activate the Server Management Add-on license on your Tableau Server Installation.

Use the TSM web interface
  1. Open TSM in a browser:

    https://<tsm-computer-name>:8850

  2. Click Licensing on the Configuration tab. Click Activate License.

  3. Enter or paste your Server Management Add-on product key and click Activate.

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

  5. Follow the prompts and restart Tableau Server after registration is complete.

    Note: If this is a new Tableau Server installation, and you apply the Server Management Add-on Key before you apply the Tableau Server product key, you will see an error. You may however, continue the installation and apply the Tableau Server product key using the same steps described above.

Use the TSM CLI
  1. Open a command prompt as administrator on a node in the Tableau Server cluster.

  2. Run the following command with your Server Management Add-on product key to activate the license:

    tsm licenses activate -k <server-management-add-on-product key>

    Note: If this is a new Tableau Server installation, run the command twice, first with the Tableau Server product key and then with the Server Management Add-on product key.

  3. Apply the changes and restart the Server:

    tsm pending-changes apply

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