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

Problem:
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!

Solution:

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

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

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