Years ago, discovering that the admin “status” workbooks lived in the Tableau Server file system was pretty damned exciting for some of us. We don’t get out much.
I was therefore shocked, dismayed, and a touch frightened to find that my babies could no longer be found in the \Tableau Server\<version>\wgserver\z5\WEB-INF\admin folder.
I immediately set out looking for them, and discovered they now lived in a highly template-ized form inside Tableau Server\version>\bin\vizql.war. Curses! All the field names were unintelligible gobbledygook because of said templating. Some of the calcs were broken, too. Anyhoo, thought I had a lot of work ahead of me and asked co-workers to send me the “old” 9.3 version instead….
But, super-TAM Phillip Millhollen figured out a better way. If you go ahead and render a view in this workbook from inside Tableau Server, a temporary copy gets dropped into the Tableau’s temp folder. Here’s me spelunking for it with Agent Ransack:
Since I’m installed on D, my temp folder is inside the Tableau Server folder hierarchy on D:…yours might be in C:\ProgramData\Tableau\Tableau Server\data\tabsvc\temp if you used the setup defaults.
Inside the temp folder, you’ll find a “tableau admin views <timestamp>twb” file. As Phillip discovered, all you need to do is give this sucker a .twb file extension, and you’re in business.
Thank you, Phillip. Now I can go to work safe in the knowledge that the world is not falling down around my ears.