Minimum Hardware Requirements and Recommendations for Tableau Resource Monitoring Tool

Tableau Resource Monitoring Tool handles all of the processing, aggregation, storage, and web interface to the monitoring data collected from your Tableau Server installation.

For production use, the machine you install Resource Monitoring Tool on should meet or exceed the hardware recommendations below:

  • 8 physical CPU cores (16 vCPUs)
  • CPUs must support SSE4.2 and POPCNT instruction sets
  • 32GB RAM
  • 500GB Disk Space (SSD is recommended)

 

The Resource Monitoring Tool can provide real-time performance reporting for a Tableau Server deployment serving up to 5,500 views per hour. Above 5,500 views per hour, customers may experience delays in analyzing recent Server activity. Additional factors such as Tableau Server Backgrounder load and RMT server drive write performance may also contribute to delays. You can use the Traffic to Views Admin View to understand the peak view load in your deployment, using the following steps:

  • Navigate to Server Status -> Traffic to views and make sure the filters are set to look at all sites, workbook, and views.

  • Update the time range to capture all available data.

  • Drill into the time axis on What is the Total View Count by Day? to get the view count per hour.

Resource Monitoring Tool Agent - Resource Utilization

The Resource Monitoring Tool Agent monitors Windows and Tableau Server processes and log files and sends performance metrics and Tableau log data to the Resource Monitoring Tool for near real time processing. The Agent needs to be installed on every machine that is running Tableau Server processes.

On Tableau Server installations that match Tableau’s minimum requirements, we typically see the Agent using 0-5% CPU on average with infrequent spikes above that. Our performance target is an average of 10% CPU usage or less.

The agent typically uses 200 MB RAM or less with infrequent spikes during periods of heavier Tableau Server activity.

A minimum of 10 GB free disk space is recommended for the agent.

The Resource Monitoring Tool can provide performance reporting for a Tableau Server deployment serving up to 4,000 views per hour. Above 4,000 views per hour, customers may experience delays in analyzing recent Server activity. Additional factors such as Tableau Server Backgrounder load, and the type of drive on the RMT Server may also contribute to delays. We recommend solid state drive (SSD) for your RMT Server. You can use the Traffic to Views Admin View to understand the peak view load in your deployment, using the following steps:

  1. Navigate to Server Status -> Traffic to views and make sure the filters are set to look at all sites, workbook, and views.
  2. Update the time range to capture all available data.
  3. Drill into the time axis on What is the Total View Count by Day? to get the view count per hour.

Installing in a Cloud Environment

Resource Monitoring Tool can be installed on a virtual machine in any cloud environment that you may be using for your Tableau Servers. The virtual machine will need to meet the same minimum hardware requirements described above.

Who can do this

To install Resource Monitoring Tool, you must be all the following:

  • Administrator on the machine you are installing Resource Monitoring Tool.
  • Tableau Server Administrator.
  • Resource Monitoring Tool Administrator.
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