Error "Failed to start the checklicense.exe ... Stopping dataengine and tabspawnde." Data Engine Not Started

Published: 18 Apr 2014
Last Modified Date: 14 Aug 2020


When starting Tableau Server, the data engine component does not start. Additionally, the following error message might appear in the Tableau Server log file:
Checking data engine licensing.
Failed to start the checklicense.exe
Unable to check license. Stopping dataengine and tabspawnde.


  • Tableau Server
  • Windows Server 2012


Ensure the following:
  1. The Tableau Server Run As User account has Read and Execute permissions to the following folders and files:
    • C:
    • C:\Windows
    • C:\Windows\System32 (also force permissions change to the child objects)
    • C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe
  2. The Run As User account has Full Control permissions to the folder where it is installed. Default location includes the following two folders:
    • C:\ProgramData
    • C:\Program files
  3. The Run As User account should have Log on as a service permissions set in the Local Security Policy.


The Run As User account does not have the correct permissions to start the data engine.
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