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    Unable to connect to PowerPivot Data Source

    Brad Llewellyn

      When I attempt to connect to a PowerPivot data source via a local Excel file, I get the following error:


      The drivers necessary to connect to this database server are not properly installed.  Visit http://www.tableausoftware.com/drivers to download driver setup files.


      It appears that you don't have Tableau PowerPivot Add-In (Excel Add-In) installed. Please install Tableau PowerPivot Add-In and try again.


      Unable to connect to the server. Check that the server is running and that you have access privileges to the requested database.


      So, I went to the drivers section of the website to download the driver.  I downloaded pretty much every driver that says PowerPivot, including all of the recommended ones, and I still get this error.


      Am I missing the secret handshake?


      I am using Windows 7 and Tableau 7.0.9




      Brad Llewellyn

      Associate Consultant

      Mariner, LLC




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