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Updating Certificates for SAML With Tableau Server and ADFS


Published: 16 Feb 2018
Last Modified Date: 14 May 2018

Question

How to update certificates for SAML in Tableau Server with ADFS.

Environment

  • Tableau Server
  • ADFS
  • SAML

Answer

If the ADFS key/certificate has changed, reimport ADFS metadata in to Tableau Server. 
If the Tableau Server key/certificate has changed, modify the relying party information on ADFS to include the new certificate from Tableau Server and remove the old one.

If the Tableau Server key/certificate has changed:

  1.  Stop Tableau Server
  2.  Update certificate and key file.
    • If new certificate and key file names are the same as the originals, overwrite the existing certificate and key files in SAML folder with the updated files.
    • If new certificate and key file names are different from the original ones, save the new certificate and key file, then change certificate and key file in the SAML tab of Configure Tableau Server.
  3. Add the new certificate to the relying party information in ADFS, replacing the old one.
  4. Input the Run As User password, then click OK.
  5. Start Tableau Server

If the ADFS key/certificate has changed:

  1. Export metadata from ADFS.
  2. Stop Tableau Server
  3. Import new ADFS metadata XML file in to the SAML tab in Configure Tableau Server.
  4. Input the Run As User password, then click OK.
  5. Start Tableau Server
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