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Yes, you can publish a live connection to Tableau Server. It will not have the same icon though, as we use different icons to differentiate the connection types. The details are in the Online Help file for Tableau desktop. I've added the link below for extra information.
I hope this helps!
Online Help for Publishing Data Sources to Tableau Server:
Thanks Rob but it doesnt say it can be a direct connection (from your link). Also what icon will it have please.
For any published data source, the user will see a Tableau logo in Tableau Desktop. This is actually the same for live connections and extracts. We treat a published connection as one connection type, with live and extracts being the other two. Each of the three will have it's own icon.
I hope that helps!
So how can one tell if a published datasource is a live connection or an extract?
You will want to name the data source accordingly. That's the easiest way. In Tableau Server, you can look at the Data Source details and see what type of connection it is as well.
So, for Desktop users, you will want to name the data source something like "Oracle Sales Data Live" or "Oracle Sales Data Extract" so users can easily tell when they are connecting.
So on the server will it say Live and Extract when we look at the properties?
Excellent, thanks Rob