Error "Kerberos timeout" Signing in to SQL Server from Tableau Desktop on the Mac

Published: 28 Jul 2014
Last Modified Date: 15 Jun 2017


When you try to use Active Directory authentication to sign in to Microsoft SQL Server from Tableau Desktop on the Mac, the following error might occur:

An error occurred while communicating with the Microsoft SQL Server Database data source '<data source name>'.
Your connection to SQL Server could not be established or was lost, most likely because of a Kerberos timeout. To renew your Kerberos ticket, close tableau and then try any of the following:
  • Lock and unlock your Mac
  • Log out from your Mac and then log in again
  • If your Local User account is different from your Active Directory account, run the following command in Terminal: knit <ADUsername@domain>. For example: kinit myuser@mycompnay.
[Simba][Support](50260) Integrated security authentication failed. (Routine Error:
Miscellaneous failure (see text)
Mechanism Info:
Server (MSSQLSvc/<ADUsername@domain>) unknown while looking up 'MsSQLSvc/
<ADUsername@domain>' (cached result, timeout in <number> sec)


  • Tableau Desktop 8.20 - 8.2.3
  • OS X
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Active Directory


Option 1

Upgrade to Tableau Desktop 8.2.4 or a later version. For more information, see Upgrading Tableau Desktop in the Tableau Knowledge Base.

Option 2

Use the following workaround:
  • Sign in to Microsoft SQL Server with a SQL Server username and password.
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