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Error "Generating the default reference options failed" Opening Tableau Server Configuration Utility


Published: 08 May 2014
Last Modified Date: 17 Jun 2016

Issue

When you open the Tableau Server Configuration utility, the following error might occur:
 
Generating the default reference options failed. Configuration cannot continue: exiting now.

When you click OK, the Tableau Server dialog box appears, but configuration options are blank.

Environment

Tableau Server

Resolution

Sign in to the computer running Tableau Server as a local or domain administrator, and then open the Tableau Server Configuration utility.

Cause

Tableau Server Configuration utility was launched using an account without administrative privileges.
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