Error "The specified product key was not found" Activating Tableau Server

Published: 16 Aug 2018
Last Modified Date: 09 Apr 2021


When trying to activate Tableau Server, the following error might occur: 
The specified product key was not found
When trying to activate Tableau Server by tsm licenses activate, the following error might occur in command prompt:
Licensing Error: The specified product key was not found.
After using tsm licenses activate, the following error might occur in tsm.log:
An error occurred: 404500, Licensing Error


  • Tableau Server 2018.2 and later
  • TSM


Follow the steps below:
  1. Restart Flexnet Service. For more information, see Verify Tableau Service Settings.
  2. Restart Tableau Server License Manager as described in Verify Tableau Service Settings.
  3. Check that there are no typos in the Server key; Enter the key, including dashes, as the key appears in the Tableau Customer Portal.
If it is found that the Tableau Server key is no longer valid and has been replaced by a new key, visit the Tableau Customer Portal to verify the correct key to be activated.

If the following error occurs in tsm.log when trying tsm licenses activate again, the license may have been successfully activated.
An error occurred: 400502, Licensing Error
In this case, follow the steps below to restart Tableau Server including TSM processes then verify the license again.
1. tsm stop
2. Restart TSM processes
By default: cd C:\Program Files\Tableau\Tableau Server\packages\scripts.<build_number>
sudo /opt/tableau/tableau_server/packages/scripts.<build_number>/stop-administrative-services
sudo /opt/tableau/tableau_server/packages/scripts.<build_number>/start-administrative-services
5. Verify that the license has been successfully activated.
tsm licenses list
serveractutil -view
6. tsm start


Possible  causes:
  • Error with the product key.
  • License processes not communicating with Tableau Server components.
  • License data is corrupt.
  • Product key is already activated and stored in the License Data file but not being read by Tableau Server.
  • Proxy issue communicating with the Tableau License Serve. For more information on this topic, see:

Additional Information

If the above steps do not resolve the issue, please contact Tableau Technical Support and provide the following:

1. Screenshot of the error and product key being used
2. Tableau Server license data. see Providing License Data to Tableau Support.

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