Tableau Server requires static IPv4 or IPv6 addresses. You may notice undesirable symptoms if your cluster has temporary IPv6 addresses (which are dynamic) enabled.
If you are running a Tableau Server cluster and one or more of the servers has temporary IPv6 addresses enabled, you may notice one or more of the following categories of symptoms.
"Down" Status in Status Table
If a primary Tableau Server has temporary IPv6 addresses enabled, worker servers running a data engine and/or repository may have a red, down status for those processes. This is because they are unable to communicate with the primary. For example, in the following graphic, TAB-SERVER has temporary IPv6 addresses enabled, but TAB-WORKER does not:
If one or more workers have temporary IPv6 addresses enabled (but the primary does not) you may not see the red, down status icons for any of the servers, but you will see connection errors in log files as the workers attempt and fail to communicate with services on the primary Tableau Server.
Log File Errors
Here are examples of errors that may be written to the Tableau Server log files, if the primary Tableau Server or Tableau Worker servers have temporary IPv6 addresses enabled.
Data Engine Connection Errors
A message similar to the following may be in the log file for the server(s) running the data engine (ProgramData\Tableau\Tableau Server\data\tabsvc\logs\dataengine\tabspawnde0.log):
2013-10-23 16:02:41.234 -0700 ERROR root: connection to database failed
The process that spawns the data engine is unable to query Tableau's PostgreSQL database to determine which is the active data engine and which is the standby data engine. This information is in the following location: ProgramData\Tableau\Tableau Server\data\tabsvc\logs\dataengine\tdeserver0_<date_and_time>.log. For example, in the log file you may see a message similar to this:
2013-10-24 10:57:40.345 (6056): tdeserver: connection failed (IPC_Server_Socket: whitelist exclusion, peer=1234:113:f00b:2108:f51d:2101:c67c:ea97:12345)
Repository Access Errors
A message similar to the following may in in the log file for the server(s) running the repository (ProgramData\Tableau\Tableau Server\data\tabsvc\logs\pgsql\postgresql-<Day>.log):
2013-10-24 10:53:01.112 PDT 5444 FATAL: no pg_hba.conf entry for host "1234:113:f00b:2108:f51d:2101:c67c:ea97", user "tblwgadmin", database "workgroup", SSL off