4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 30, 2013 5:16 PM by Phillip Burger

    Server Name Field not Active

    Phillip Burger

      The server name field on the Tableau Server Logon screen is not active.


      I use both Tableau Online and a local Tableau Server. I have been using online as the place where I publish a workbook. Now, I need to publish to a local Tableau Server that's within my domain.


      As shown on the image included below, I can't change the name of the server in the "Server:" field. I've looked in .tps files and have gone through both the discussion boards and different options in the menu.


      Any suggestions on how to activate this field or otherwise change a setting so I can publish to the server in my domain?

        • 1. Re: Server Name Field Name not Active
          Matt Lutton

          Has your Tableau Server been configured?  See link below:


          • 2. Re: Server Name Field Name not Active
            Phillip Burger

            Interesting. They just migrated from Tableau Server 7 to 8 and brought it up within the last day. I can access the server 8 via URL and view workbooks, permission, data sources are refreshing, and so on. It does appear to be configured and functioning as expected.


            The "Server" name field is protected in the workbook.


            I opened up a different workbook and the "Server" name field is not protected.

            • 3. Re: Server Name Field Name not Active
              Matt Lutton

              So, what is different between the two workbooks?  I assume figuring that out may lead to an understanding of why you cannot change it in the one workbook and can in another.  Can you post a packaged workbook file for the one that isn't working?

              • 4. Re: Server Name Field Name not Active
                Phillip Burger



                Here's the solution. The problem as I described it above is accurate. The question "what is different between the two workbooks" got me thinking. I opened up the *.twb file in a text editor. I searched on the sting online.tableausoftware.


                Two occurrences. The first occurrence was  xml:base='https://online.tableausoftware.com' in the <workbook> at the top of the file. The second occurrence was in a <datasource> tag. This gave me another clue.


                I went into "Edit Connection" on the data source I was looking at in the XML. I found that when I am using the workbook locally, it is wanting to use a data source on my online site. This is the key.


                To fix it, I added a new data connection, using an identical .tde to what was on online, except local.I then replaced the data source referencing online with my local .tde and closed the data connection to the online .tde. Problem solved.


                This image shows what the connection looked like prior to my closing it:




                I think this scenario is non-intuitive enough to merit inclusion in a knowledge base article.


                A takeaway is that exploring a .twb in a text editor can be helpful in identifying the source of unwanted behavior in the GUI.