Activating a Tableau Desktop license will activate Tableau Desktop for you - but it will not add a Creator license to Tableau Server.
If you have a Tableau Creator license, it will activate *both* Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep - and add a Creator license to Tableau Server.
If you would like to convert your Tableau Desktop license to a Tableau Creator license, your Tableau Account Manager can help you there!
I have also been confused by the new pricing and licensing model, and consequences in terms of license keys.
Short answer: "Creator" is not equivalent to Tableau desktop.
Long answer: if you are a Tableau Dashboard developer, you will need several Tools and rights, and thus several license keys.
- 1 Tableau software desktop license key per developer, so you can develop
- (potentially 1 Tableau prep desktop license key per developer)
- Several Tableau server license keys, at least one key for each role on the server:
- at least 1 key for a pack of creators (the Tableau server admin consumes one of them)
- at least 1 key for a pack of explorers
- at least 1 key for a pack of viewers
In your case, it seems that you miss a Tableau server license key in order to have some Creators. With this, you will be able to add a Creator user (login and password), which you will be able to use in order to connect to Tableau server from your Tableau desktop, and finally publish your dashboards.
A similar question on Tableau server licenses is present here: https://community.tableau.com/message/855311#
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Thank you for jumping in to answer Egor's question! The description you have is not quite right, I'll try to clarify a bit to smooth out the rough edges.
With legacy Tableau licenses, as a Dashboard developer publishing to Tableau Server, you would need:
- 1 Tableau Desktop license to activate Tableau Desktop (starting with TD)
- 1 user account on a Tableau Server (with publish permissions) that was activated using a Tableau Server license (starting with TS)
With the new Role Based licenses for Tableau, you have a few options as a Dashboard developer, based on the type of license you have today:
- If you have a Tableau Desktop (TD) key today, you can publish to a Tableau Server using legacy licenses or Role Bases license, as long as your user account on Tableau Server has publish permissions
- You can use an Explorer (can publish) site role to publish, you do not need a Creator license. This is how users with TD keys can continue to develop and publish to a Tableau Server using Role Bases licenses.
- If you have a Tableau Creator (TC) key today, that key is used to activate Tableau Desktop, Tableau Prep, and a Creator seat for you on Tableau Server.
- You do not need any other keys for Tableau Server, your TC key gives you a Tableau Server account.
I was looking for information regarding Tableau Desktop creator licenses and your answer made a lot of sense.
I have some additional questions: We purchased core based license so we got 25 creator licenses on the server and was give 25 Desktop creator licenses (start with TC).
Question 1:Are we supposed to tie the 25 server creator licenses and the 25 Desktop licenses to the same people?
Question 2: We currently are not tying the server creators and desktop creators because many people who use Tableau Desktop (like content developers) do not need to be creators on the server. Should these developers (not publishing data source, only work books) use Tableau Desktop explorer licenses (not sure if core-based licensing even have anything like that offered) instead of Tableau Desktop creator licenses (licenses not starting with TC)?
Question 3: We currently only have 25 Desktop creator licenses with our contact, should we buy more Tableau desktop explorer licenses (if offered as part of the core-based licensing) for the content developers and save the Tableau Desktop creator licenses for people who need to publish data sources?
Another clarification I need to understand from your post:
"If you have a Tableau Creator (TC) key today, that key is used to activate Tableau Desktop, Tableau Prep, and a Creator seat for you on Tableau Server.
- You do not need any other keys for Tableau Server, your TC key gives you a Tableau Server account."
Does this mean if a person is given a TC key, as soon as the person activate the key, does the person become a 'creator' on the server automatically? Do these people consume a 'creator' license on the server too even if their site role on the server is not 'creator'? I have noticed that a lot of the users who activated their "TC" keys on their Tableau desktops and their site role on the server is still what was assigned to them by the server administrator, but people whose roles are set to be 'explorer (can publish)' on the server do have the ability to publish data sources even though they are not 'creator' on the server, people whose roles are 'explorer' on the server can not publish data sources though.
Thank you very much,