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    Creating Integrations: Tableau Connection

    Sometimes, it's difficult to establish a connection to Tableau and the reason why isn't clear. One method to help rule out bugs in Curator is to use the Postman application to directly make the API call. This document will guide you through using Postman to authenticate to Tableau's REST API like Curator does behind the scenes.

    Install Postman

    The first step is to download and install Postman. You can get it from: https://www.postman.com/downloads/

    Make API Call

    Follow these steps to configure a new API call against Tableau's REST API.

    1. Open Postman and start a new tab.
    2. Enter your Tableau Server/Cloud URL into the URL bar. Append /api/3.4/auth/signin. Update the API version if needed based on this page.
    3. Change the request type from GET to POST.
    4. Click on the Body tab.
    5. Select raw.
    6. In the text box, copy and paste the following XML: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?><tsRequest><credentials name="" password=""><site contentUrl=""/></credentials></tsRequest>
    7. Fill in the username, password, and site content URL details within the above XML. If using Personal Access Tokens (PAT), the username will be the PAT name and the password will be the PAT token.
    8. Click the Send button.

    You should get back XML with an authentication token and the site and user IDs. Postman Screenshot