Slow Publishing of Workbook with Row Level Security

Published: 05 May 2020
Last Modified Date: 08 Jul 2022


Publishing a workbook with row level security may not complete, or it may take longer than expected.


  • Tableau Desktop 
  • Tableau Server


Option 1 - Use a Tableau Server user who cannot see any of the data 
  1. Create a Tableau Server user with the necessary publishing permissions, but cannot see any of the data in the data source (all of the data is filtered out for this user by the row level security).
  2. In Tableau Desktop, use this user to sign in to Tableau Server, and publish the data source and workbook.

Option 2 - Publish the data source separately.


When publishing workbooks with embedded data sources, thumbnail images are generated based on the user selected during the publishing process. The processing required to render these thumbnail images adds more time to the publishing process.
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