Error "No Tableau Server user found" After Changing Ownership and Refreshing Workbook that Contains a Published Extract

Published: 08 Jun 2016
Last Modified Date: 14 Jan 2019


After changing workbook or published data source ownership and then refreshing workbook containing published extract or connecting to published data source, the following error might occur: 
No Tableau Server user found.

Additionally, the following Tabcmd error might occur:
com.tableausoftware.nativeapi.dll.DataSourceException: No Tableau Server user found. class DataSourceException Unable to connect to the server "<servername>". Check that the server is running and that you have access privileges to the requested database.


  • Tableau Server
  • Tableau Online 
  • Embedded Credentials
  • Ownership Change
  • Tabcmd Refreshextracts


Step 1 - Update the credentials in the embedded workbook and republish: 

  1. Download the workbook from Tableau Server and open it with Tableau Desktop
  2. Right click on the data source and de-select Use Extrac (fill out any requests for credential information).
  3. Right click on the data source and select Use Extract.
  4. Navigate to Server > Publish Workbook.
  5. Click on Scheduling & Authentication.
  6. Change the Authentication type from "None" to "Embedded" and click OK.
  7. Click Publish.
    • Click Yes when asked to overwrite the existing copy
  8. Refresh the workbook to confirm functionality. 

Step 2 - Data sources on Tableau Server and/or Tableau Online

  • On Tableau Server the connection should be edited or the data source re-published with new credentials. 
  • On Tableau Online with data sources which update via the Sync Client, please see the section "Embed or update database credentials" in the following article from our Online Help: View or Change Sync Client Settings



As a security measure, workbooks and data sources delete the embedded credentials after changing ownership. The credentials need to be re-entered. 
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