Tableau cloud application

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Using Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), your users can use their Google Cloud credentials to sign in to enterprise-cloud applications.

Set up SSO via SAML for Tableau

Here's how to set up single sign-on (SSO) via SAML for the Tableau application.

Step 1: Get Google identity provider (IdP) information
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenWeb and mobile apps.
  3. Click Add appand thenSearch for apps.
  4. Enter Tableau in the search field.
  5. In the search results, hover over the Tableau SAML app and click Select.
  6. On the Google Identity Provider details page, download the IDP metadata.

Leave the Admin console open, you'll continue with SSO setup after performing the next step in Tableau.

Step 2: Set up Tableau as a SAML 2.0 service provider (SP)
  1. In a new browser tab, log into your Tableau application as an administrator.
  2. Go to Settings > Authentication
  3. Check Single sign-on with SAML
  4. Copy the Entity ID and the ACS URL from Export metadata file from Tableau Online.
    You'll need this info to finish setting up SSO for Tableau in the Admin Console in Step 3 below.
  5. In Import metadata file into Tableau Online, click Browse and select the IdP metadata file you downloaded in Step 1 above.
  6. Click Apply to upload the Google IdP metadata.
  7. Under Match assertions, add the assertion names email, FirstName, and LastName for the Attributes Email, First name and Last name, respectively.
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Select Allow users to choose their authentication type under Default authentication type for embedded views
  10. Open the Users tab.
  11. Hover on the overflow menu (the 3 dots). Select Authentication from the displayed menu.
  12. Select Single sign on.
Step 3: Finish SSO configuration in Admin console
  1. Return to the Admin console browser tab.
  2. On the Google Identity Provider details page, click Continue.
  3. On the Service provider details page, replace the default ACS URL and Entity ID values with the ACS URL and Entity ID values you copied from Tableau in Step 2 above.
  4. Click Continue.
  5. On the Attribute mapping page, click the Select field menu and map the following Google directory attributes to their corresponding Tableau attributes:
     
    Google directory attribute Tableau attribute
    Basic Information > Primary Email email (required)
    Basic Information > First Name FirstName
    Basic Information > Last Name LastName
  6. (Optional) If you want to send a user’s group membership information in the SAML response, enter the group names that are relevant for this app in the Group membership field.

    This feature is currently in beta and not yet available to all customers.

    1. Under Google groups, click in the Add group entry field.
    2. Type one or more letters of the group name.
    3. Choose the group name from the dropdown menu.
    4. Add additional groups as needed (total groups cannot exceed 75).
    5. Under [app name] attribute, enter the service provider’s corresponding groups attribute name.

    Note: Regardless of how many group names you enter, the SAML response will only include groups that a user is a member of (directly or indirectly). For more information, see About group membership mapping.

  7. Click Finish.
Step 4: Enable the Tableau app
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenWeb and mobile apps.
  3. Select Tableau.
  4. Click User access.
  5. To turn on or off a service for everyone in your organization, click On for everyone or Off for everyone, and then click Save.

  6. (Optional) To turn a service on or off for an organizational unit:

    1. At the left, select the organizational unit.
    2. Select On or Off.
    3. Click Override to keep your setting if the service for the parent organizational unit is changed.
    4. If Overridden is already set for the organizational unit, choose an option:
      • Inherit—Reverts to the same setting as its parent.
      • Save—Saves your new setting (even if the parent setting changes).

    Learn more about organizational structure.

  7. (Optional) Turn on the service for a group of users.
    Use access groups to turn on a service for specific users within or across your organizational units. Learn more

  8. Ensure that your Tableau user account email IDs match those in your Google domain.
Step 5: Verify that the SSO is working

Tableau supports both Identity Provider (IdP) initiated and Service Provider (SP) initiated SSO. Follow these steps to verify SSO in either mode:

IdP-initiated

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenWeb and mobile apps.
  3. Select Tableau.
  4. At the top left, click Test SAML login

    Tableau should open in a separate tab. If it doesn’t, use the information in the resulting SAML error messages to update your IdP and SP settings as needed, then retest SAML login.

SP-initiated

  1. Close all browser windows.
  2. Open https://sso.online.tableau.com/public/login and attempt to sign in. You should be automatically redirected to the Google sign in page.
  3. Enter your sign in credentials.
  4. After your sign in credentials are authenticated, you are automatically redirected back to Tableau.


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