- Starting from 2018.2, steps to upgrade Tableau Server have changed for Windows. See Upgrade from Tableau Server 2018.1 or earlier to Tableau Server with TSM and Upgrade process change in Tableau Help.
- The Server Upgrade Guide takes you through the entire process to make your upgrade as seamless as possible.
- Download the newest maintenance release and get started!
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New in Tableau Server 2020.2
New for Server or Site Administrators
New Admin Views
Two new pre-built administrative views are available in this release:
- Backgrounder Dashboard: Use this view to understand the background job details such as, the number of jobs that have completed successfully, failed, or canceled. You can also identify when your Backgrounder is busy or overloaded. For more information, see Backgrounder Dashboard.
- Stale Content: Identify content that hasn't been accessed or opened in a while and how much disk space is being used by stale content. For more information, see Stale Content.
Changes to Create and Modify Schedules
The web interface used to create and modify schedule has changed. You can now select more than one day when you create or modify monthly schedules. For more information and updated screen shots of the new web interface, see Create or Modify a Schedule.
Administrators can now enable data acceleration for specific workbooks. The workbook loads faster because Tableau Server precomputes the workbook's data in a background process. For more information, see Data Acceleration.
Extract Query Load Balancing
Improvements to load balancing for extract-based queries are now available in Tableau Server. For more information, see Extract Query Load Balancing.
Version 2020.2 introduces the first configuration options that do not require a server restart. These include some logging options and base file paths for backup/restore, and site import/export. For more information about hot configuration, and a full list of hot-configurable options, follow this link.
New for Users
Metrics: Monitor the KPIs for your business from anywhere
Metrics are a simple way to get a curated and consistent view of your data. Create a metric from nearly any Tableau dashboard with a single click and view your metrics across multiple dashboards in one spot - either on the web or the Tableau Mobile app.
Metrics is a new model for understanding data. Instead of analysis Metrics focuses on tracking and monitoring. It builds on an entirely new stack designed to be highly scalable and to deliver speed of consumption at broad scale. Metrics give an at-a-glance indication of changes over time while letting people explore deeply if they choose. A metric isn’t just a thumbnail that has to be clicked on and loaded – it’s a quick and up to date view of your key business data available anytime and anywhere. Metrics are fully integrated with Tableau's data and analytics platform and optimized for consumption on Tableau Mobile.
Relationships: Analyze data at the right level of detail
Combining data just got easier and more powerful. By visually creating logical relationships between tables, Tableau will only query the data relevant to your analysis at the right level of detail. Analyze complex data faster and with more confidence through relationships functionality, which enables simple data modeling, intuitive analytics, and using more flexible data sources.
Relationships, a key component of Tableau’s New Data Modeling Capabilities and new in Tableau 2020.2. For more information, see Combine data using relationships (new data modeling capabilities).
Open or upload workbooks on the web: Upload workbooks directly to your site
Sharing your work and exploring insights from others just got easier. You can now open a Tableau workbook, or upload it straight to the web without having to use Tableau Desktop, REST API or TabCmd. Simply select the workbook (.twb or .twbx) you want to upload and publish directly to your site on Tableau Server or Online. Only users with the appropriate publishing permissions will have the ability to upload content.
Until now, users have had to use Tableau Desktop in order to publish a twb or twbx file. Now, customers can publish a workbook in a similar way to how they are used to uploading a file on other content to sites like Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox. This helps them view and share their Dashboards faster.
Tableau Services Manager (TSM)
As of Tableau Server 2018.2, Tableau Services Manager (TSM) is now available for Windows as well as Linux, and replaces tabadmin. This new web-based server configuration and management application contains a new user experience for server administrators – a command-line interface (CLI) and a web interface (both interact with the new TSM REST API).
For more information about TSM, see the following helpful resources:
Tableau Server on Linux Upgrade information
Are you upgrading Tableau Server on Linux to 2018.2?
Share workbooks and data extracts with other users in your organization using Tableau Server!
Read through the links below for advanced knowledge and details:
- Tableau Server Configuration utility
- tabadmin command line utility
- Tableau Server Monitor
Troubleshooting Extracts on Tableau Server
If your users experience or report any of the following behaviors while performing an extract task, they may be running into an incompatibility scenario. Please redirect them to the following Knowledge Base articles to resolve the error(s).