Virtual Connections feature for Tableau Desktop or Tableau Prep

Published: 11 Feb 2022
Last Modified Date: 11 Aug 2022


Where is the drop down menu option to use Virtual Connections on Tableau Desktop or Tableau Prep Builder?


  • Tableau Desktop 2021.4 and newer
  • Windows 10
  • macOS


The ability to create a Virtual Connection is located on Tableau Cloud or Tableau Server with the Data Management Add-On license.  Virtual Connections are a server-based connection.  Tableau Desktop or Tableau Prep Builder will need to access the Virtual Connection by selecting Tableau Server from the Connect pane.

In the Connect pane, Tableau Server is located at the top of the pane under Search for Data.

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