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#
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.