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Adding the -t temp File Variable Into the tsm backup


Published: 31 Mar 2020
Last Modified Date: 02 Apr 2020

Issue

When backing up Tableau Server with tsm you cannot change the temp/tmp location. 
When backing up the Tableau Server with tabadmin you can change the temp location with a -t option. This -t option was not included with tsm.

Environment

  • Tableau Server version 2018.2 and newer
  • Windows
  • Linux

Resolution

As a workaround use the -t tabadmin backup option which allows you to change the temp/tmp variable into the tsm backup process. 

Cause

When backing up Tableau Server with tsm you cannot change the temp/tmp location. 

Additional Information

command example from tabadmin:
tabadmin backup C:\temp\backupfilename.tsbak -d -t "H:\temp dir\backup"

System admins rarely install software on the "OS" drive and the tendency is to make this drive small with little disk space. This causes Tableau Server backups to fail for lack of space. Being able to change the temp file location adds flexibility that does not exist today.

To voice your support for the inclusion of a tsm command that lets you change the temp backup location for Tableau Server make sure you vote up this Community Idea https://community.tableau.com/ideas/11045
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