You should be able to do pretty much everything as set out in the Tableau help without access to the OS or admin rights to the OS. The services which run on the server would be correctly configured to run using accounts with the proper privileges.
As you look through that guide it should be pretty obvious - anything "within" Tableau on the web application you will be able to do just fine. Anything outside of that which looks like the configuration is being done in windows, will potentially require assistance of the networking team. Once you've installed and configured once though, you shouldn't need to do much / if anything outside of the web application itself.
Thanks Tom. We have "Server Administrator" rights on the server and have used these through the web UI. I should have been more specific. I'm talking about the use of tabadmin, the Tableau Server Configuration utility, tabcmd, and their respective functionalities.
We've not yet been able to access this environment and are working to determine what we can and cannot do without local admin rights on the host.
tabcmd and the config utility are really the only two things "outside" of the web application I can think of that you would need.
tabcmd doesn't have to run on the server, you could launch it / use it on another server, or another desktop even. Using it locally, you probably just need permission to execute a batch file and execute the tabcmd.exe in "run as adminstrator" mode.
Same for tabadmin if you chose to use the command line.
I think generally you just want to make sure your admin team give you permission to execute and run everything contained in Start > All Programs > Tableau Server 10.3
Here's the actions I can remember doing in the last year that required me to log into the OS:
- Configure SSL
- Enabling JMX counters for Tabjolt
- Whitelisting web connectors
- Restarting server if a process is down and not coming back
- Set/modify the ip of a process
I think your 'Server' team should be handling all of that anyway.
For the other tasks, as Tom mentionned, your user with 'Tableau Administrator' permissions will be able to use the browser, and also TABCMD and the REST API to script automate/tasks.
Also,allow your 'Tableau Administrator' to be able to log into the tableau server repository with the 'readonly' user.
Hope that helps!