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  1. For workbook design, the Tableau Web App (Tableau Server) does about 80% of what the Tableau Desktop does.

  2. Tableau Desktop is required to build and publish Tableau Data Sources (TDS), the data sources you see in the Tableau Web App. It is the bridge between the SQL data warehouse tables and the Tableau Site on the web.

Logging onto the Tableau Site you will publish the Tableau Data Source to.

Connecting to the SQL Data Warehouse

Displaying the SQL Data Warehouse Tables

Adding multiple linked SQL tables to create a single Tableau Data Source

Publishing the new Tableau Data Source to the Tableau Site