SharePoint 2013 Web Application Creation Stuck at “This shouldn’t take long”

Create a new web application from SharePoint 2013 Central Administration site got stuck at “This shouldn’t take long” message for a long time.

SharePoint 2013 Web Application Creation Stuck at "This shouldn't take long"

Root cause: Insufficient Server memory!


Try closing any open application in the server and free up server memory. Increase the “Shutdown Time Limit” value of Central Administration’s Application Pool in IIS! Here is how:

  • Login to your SharePoint server which hosts Central Administration
  • Open IIS manager >> Expand the server name and click on Application Pools.
  • Locate the SharePoint Central Administration v4 application pool. Right-click on it and choose Advanced Settings.
  • In the Process Model section, set the Shutdown Time Limit to a greater value. E.g. 900.
  • Restart IIS.
    configure iis shutdown time limit

This could also happen when your SharePoint servers running out of disk space, database auto-growth setting isn’t enabled or your server antivirus preventing certain processes.

Related post: “Internet Explorer Cannot Display This Page” Error when Creating Web Application in SharePoint 2013

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