Time for an 'infrastructure musling'…
Consider that if you have an environment which is low on
resources, you may find that through creating web applications in
the SharePoint 2010 farm that further attempts to create a new web
application through Central Administration could result in the
- The creation process results in a 'Page cannot be displayed'
- The web application is only provisioned on the Central
The reasoning is that as more web applications are created the
more work is required and therefore the time in which it takes to
create a web application increases exponentially. Also, due to the
additional work is IIS reset and further updates, the default
timing required to complete is beyond the 90 seconds set by the
Central Admin application pool. Hence, the provisioning time may
not simply be high enough.
To resolve, try the following:
- Delete the web application that did not provision to the Web
- On the server hosting Central Admin, open IIS manager.
- In the tree view, expand the server name and click on
- 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. I set mine to 300.
- Try creating the web application again - note that you must be
patient! On my environment (and it's a TEST one) I had to wait for
5 minutes to provision.
You should also check the number of cores that are available to
the Central Admin server. Remember that the recommended core level
is 4. I noticed that during the creation the CPU usage hit and
stayed at 100% (and that was at 2 cores). Upping to 4 seemed to
correct the issue where I did not have to alter the Shutdown Time
Limit; that said, am still investigating what causes the slowdown
in creating Web Applications (but that's for another musling)…
Hope this helps you out there!
Evelyn is a SharePoint MVP and enjoys over 25 years in
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