SAP Sybase ASE

This article describes how to connect Tableau to an SAP Sybase ASE database and set up the data source.

Tableau connects to Sybase ASE version 15.2 and later.

Before you begin

Before you begin, gather this connection information:

  • Name of the server you want to connect to, port number, and if you use single sign-on, service name

  • Authentication method: integrated authentication (single sign-on), or user name and password

  • (Optional) Initial SQL statement to run every time Tableau connects

Use this connector with Tableau Desktop on a Windows computer.

Driver required

This connector requires a driver to talk to the database. You might already have the required driver installed on your computer. If the driver is not installed on your computer, Tableau displays a message in the connection dialog box with a link to the Driver Download(Link opens in a new window) page where you can find driver links and installation instructions.

Make the connection and set up the data source

  1. Start Tableau and under Connect, select SAP Sybase ASE. For a complete list of data connections, select More under To a Server. Then do the following:

    1. Enter the name of the server you want to connect to, and specify the port to use. Optionally, enter the service name. If you use single sign-on, you must enter the service name.

    2. Select the Authentication method:

      Integrated Authentication - Select this option if your environment is configured for single sign-on (SSO).

      Username and Password - Enter the user name and password to sign in to the server.

    3. (Optional) Select Initial SQL to specify a SQL command to run at the beginning of every connection, such as when you open the workbook, refresh an extract, sign in to Tableau Server, or publish to Tableau Server. For more information, see Run Initial SQL.

    4. Select Sign In.

      If Tableau can't make the connection, verify that your credentials are correct. If you still can't connect, your computer is having trouble locating the server. Contact your network administrator or database administrator.

  2. On the data source page, do the following:

    1. (Optional) Select the default data source name at the top of the page, and then enter a unique data source name for use in Tableau. For example, use a data source naming convention that helps other users of the data source figure out which data source to connect to.

    2. From the Database drop-down list, select a database or use the text box to search for a database by name.

    3. From the Schema drop-down list, select a schema or use the text box to search for a schema by name.

    4. Under Table, select a table or use the text box to search for a table by name.

      You can also specify a stored procedure in the database. To access stored procedures, the database must be appropriately configured with a linked server, which could be a remote server or a pointer to the database itself (known as loopback). For more information, see Use a Stored Procedure.

    5. Drag a table or stored procedure to the canvas, and then select the sheet tab to start your analysis.

      Use custom SQL to connect to a specific query rather than the entire data source. For more information, see Connect to a Custom SQL Query.

Note: Kerberos authentication for SAP Sybase ASE doesn't support delegation. This means that if you selected Integrated Authentication, you can't use Viewer credentials as the Authentication method when you publish a workbook or data source to Tableau Server; you can only use Server Run As account, and the Tableau Server Run As User account must have an account in the SAP Sybase ASE database.


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