Error "SQL Server database error 0x80004005" When Publishing SQL Connection

Published: 09 May 2014
Last Modified Date: 03 Aug 2020


When publishing a connection to Tableau Server the following errors might occur:

SQL Server database error 0x80004005: Login timeout expired
SQL Server database error 0x80004005: A network-related or instance-specific error has occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. Server is not found or not accessible. Check if instance name is correct and if SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. For more information see SQL Server Books Online.
SQL Server database error 0x80004005: Named Pipes Provider: Could not open a connection to SQL Server [53].


  • Tableau Server 8.1.6
  • SQL Server 2012


  1. Verify that the appropriate TCP/IP ports are open. For more information, see  Tableau Server Ports and Microsoft Change TCP/IP settings.
  2. Work with your IT team to change the published data source to point to an IP address instead of an URL. 
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