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The URL used to access Tableau Server is designated by the domain in which it is set up - there isn't a setting within Tableau Server where you set the URL. From the Configure Tableau Server application, you can set the port number and that is likely what is still causing an issue here. You mention that using Localhost works but http://servername does not - what about navigating by the IP address of the server? If the IP works but the server URL does not, you may want to investigate your DNS settings. If both the serve name and IP address redirect to the IIS service, it is likely still a port issue. Check out this KB article on the topic: Resolving Port 80 Conflicts
p.s. it is NOT a best practice to use "localhost" as the URL to access the Tableau Server - the URL used to access the Tableau Server what is used to create the connection information for the workbook and data source when publishing If accessed remotely from a different machine, "localhost" would no longer work and it would likely cause an error. Check out this related discussion about issues publishing via Localhost: i am trying to publish the report from tableau desktop to server cannot connect to tableau server.please check the server name and port and try again.i am facing this problem can u suggest me....
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Thanks for your insight. Interestingly, this seems to only be a problem with internet explorer. I tried it out in firefox, and it seems to be fine.
Good call on the ip address. Using the IP address lets IE access my tableau server. Something funky is going on with the DNS. IIS is hijacking it for IE only, and I can't figure out why.
I disabled all IIS related services, except for things related to remote desktop gateway.
I'm reasonably sure my Tableau settings aren't the issue, as I haven't changed anything and I went through the port 80 conflicts page before.