Tableau Server File Store

This topic describes File Store process when configured to run locally on Tableau Server. However, File Store can be run locally as well as external to Tableau Server. For more information on Tableau Server External File Store, see Tableau Server External File Store.

The Tableau Server File Store process controls the storage of extracts. When File Store is installed, an instance of the Data Engine is also installed unless the node already has an instance of the data engine. In highly available (HA) environments, the File Store ensures that extracts are synchronized to other file store nodes so they are available if one file store node stops running.

Process File Store
Status Status of the File Store process is visible on the Status Page. For more information, see View Server Process Status
Logging Logs generated by the File Store process are located in C:\ProgramData\Tableau\Tableau Server\data\tabsvc\logs\filestore. For more information, see Tableau Server Logs and Log File Locations

The decommission Command

If you want or need to remove a File Store instance you need to decommission File Store first using the tsm topology filestore decommission command. If you don't decommission File Store before you attempt to remove it, you will be prompted to do so. Decommissioning puts the File Store instance into read-only mode and copies any unique data contained in the instance to the other File Store(s) in the cluster. While a File Store instance is being decommissioned, this shows on the Status page, and once all unique content has been copied to other File Store nodes, the decommissioned node shows as ready to be removed.

Decommissioning File Store when co-located with the Administrative Controller

Tableau backup is fastest when an instance of File Store is located on the same node as the TSM Administrative Controller. If you are removing an instance of File Store that is co-located with the Controller, you will be warned about the performance impact for backups.

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