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Error: "The server must be registered before initialization" When Initializing Tableau Server


Published: 27 Nov 2017
Last Modified Date: 11 Jan 2018

Issue

When initializing TSM, the follow error may appear in the bash shell output:

Initializing the server...
Server initialization was unsuccessful.
See '/home/<user>/.tableau/tsm/tsm.log' for more information.


Invalid Initialization Request: The server must be registered before initialization.

Environment

  • Tableau Server on Linux
  • Tableau Services Manager (TSM)

Resolution

Register Tableau Server and then rerun the initialize command.

Cause

The step to register Tableau Server was either skipped or did not succeed. 
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