License With LBLM Still Expires When Periodically Open Tableau Prep / Tableau Desktop

Published: 20 Jan 2023
Last Modified Date: 20 Jan 2023


License with LBLM expires and the authentication window is prompted even when you open periodically Tableau Prep / Tableau Desktop to extend the license authorization.
This issue usually occurs when using Tableau Prep with the command line.


  • Tableau Desktop
  • Tableau Prep Builder


Follow the steps below to make sure the license duration is extended with LBLM.
1. Open Tableau Prep Builder / Tableau Desktop
2. Sign in to the Tableau Server / Tableau Cloud which you made the LBLM authentication before.


User is not signed in to the Tableau Server / Tableau Cloud, which is needed to update the license status via LBLM.

Additional Information

The login-based license management default settings for the authorization to run (ATR) duration is 14 days.

Login-based License Management -- (Optional) Step 2: Change login-based license management settings

The Online help said that "If you're using Login-based License Management (LBLM), make sure to periodically open Tableau Prep. Otherwise the lease can expire, causing flows run via the command line to fail. "
But even if you periodically open Tableau Prep, the license still expires.
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