Upgrade to Tableau Server 2019.3

Planning an upgrade to Tableau Server 2019.3? Start here!

Beginning with 2018.2, please note that the following administration maintenance tasks have changed for Windows:

Installation - The Installation process has changed significantly. Be sure to read the documentation before starting any installation or upgrade.

Upgrade – The upgrade process is new and differs, depending on whether you are upgrading from version 2018.2.x or from a version earlier than 2018.2. Do not upgrade without first reading the procedures for how to upgrade specific to your scenario.

Uninstall - Uninstall works differently now as well. With version 2018.2 and later you do not need to uninstall until after you have upgraded Tableau.

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What's New?

What Has Changed?

New in Tableau Server 2019.3

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What's New in Tableau Server on Windows * What's New in Tableau Server on Linux

New Language Added: Italian

Tableau Server and Support Knowledge Base now available in Italian!

With the launch of Tableau Server 2019.3 as well as Tableau Desktop and Prep Builder 2019.3, Italian has been added to our supported languages. Tableau customers come from all corners of the world and we want to serve as many as possible in their native languages.

Explore Support Knowledge Base in all 11 languages.

Server Management Add-on

Improved scalability and increased operational efficiency in a secure environment

For Tableau Server deployments hosted on AWS, you can now choose to host your metadata repository externally with Amazon RDS Postgres. Amazon RDS offers scalability, reliability, high availability and security built-in for PostgreSQL. By integrating with AWS, you will be able to take advantage of these additional benefits of deploying to the cloud. For more information, see Tableau Server External Repository.

Two new tools, Resource Monitoring and Content Migration are included as part of Server Management Add-on:

  • The Resource Monitoring tool provides increased visibility into hardware utilization, and server processes, and makes it easier to understand and tune the performance of your Tableau Server installation. For more information, see About Tableau Resource Monitoring Tool.
  • The Content Migration tool helps streamline your workbook and data source content work flows. You can manage the movement of content between development and production or between other environments. For more information, see About Tableau Content Migration Tool.

Server Management Add-on is a separately licensed Add-on which will provide enhanced security, manageability, and scalability for Tableau Server. For more information, see License the Data Management Add-on.

Tableau Catalog Feature

Part of the Data Management Add-on

Tableau Catalog is included in the separately licensed Data Management Add-on for Tableau Server and Tableau Online, making a variety of features available to you in the data management space. You can use Tableau Catalog to discover data, curate data assets, communicate data quality, perform impact analysis, and trace the lineage of data used in Tableau content.

For information, see About Tableau Catalog.

Extract Encryption at Rest

Enhanced security

Extract encryption at rest is a data security feature that allows you to encrypt .hyper extracts while they are stored on Tableau Server.

Tableau Server administrators can enforce encryption of all extracts on their site or allow users to specify to encrypt all extracts associated with particular published workbooks or data sources. See Extract Encryption at Rest.

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?

  • For Tableau Server on Linux, be sure to follow the detailed instructions outlined in the following Tableau Help article: Upgrade Tableau Server on Linux from 10.5.
  • Important: Failing to follow these steps may display warnings and cancel your upgrade. These extra steps only need to be done once during the upgrade 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:

  • Tech Specs
  • Tableau Server on Linux Requirements (Sudo / static address / drivers)
  • Migrate from Windows to Linux
  • Troubleshoot Tableau Server on Linux
  • LINUX: Troubleshoot Tableau Server Install and Upgrade
  • Tableau Services Manager replaces the following tools from previous versions of Tableau Server:
    • 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).

  • "This workbook uses a .hyper extract and is not compatible with this version of Tableau. Open this workbook in Tableau 10.5 or later."
  • "Export as version" grayed out for workbooks with .hyper extract.
  • "The document cannot be downgraded, because it contains direct connections to .hyper extracts."
  • The View changes after upgrading (becomes blank, fewer marks in the view, more null values when you inspect the summary data, or the view itself has a different shape).
  • For more information about updating extract data sources that are published to Tableau Server, see Update Server Data Sources That Are Using Extracts in Tableau Help.
  • Get Help

    Technical Support
    Open a support case. For the fastest possible support, please include the following information:
  • Screenshots of the issue and any error messages (expanded)
  • How far you were into the upgrade process
  • Server logs
  • Note: you can take a log file snapshot and send it to Tableau Support directly from the Tableau Services Manager UI or CLI.
  • msinfo32.exe system report
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