Blank Datasource Being Created in Tableau Desktop

Published: 03 Sep 2015
Last Modified Date: 05 Oct 2018


A blank datasource (named the same as the Tableau Server machine host name) is being created in Tableau Desktop when the following steps are followed:

1. Start Tableau Desktop and attempt to connect to Tableau Server published datasource 
2. Enter Tableau Server login details
3. Instead of selecting a datasource select "Sheet 1" tab at the bottom of the screen 
4. A "new" empty datasource will appear with the same name as the Tableau Server host machine (for example the IP of the host machine). A red exclamation mark will appear beside this "new" empty datasource

User-added image


Tableau Desktop 9.0 and later


Click on a datasource before selecting "Sheet 1".

Additional Information

The issue is also encountered if no datasources have been published and the user selects "Sheet 1" tab at the bottom of the screen. 
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