Using VS 2013 Update 4. Office tools Udpated. SharePoint 2013 installed locally.

I can browse the site as expected.

However, when I go to VS and try to create a solution I get this enter image description here

I also cannot add an SP connection from the Server Explorer in VS. I get a popup saying "A task was cancelled".

This is a new dev VM to replace an existing one. It has SP, AD and VS all installed.

It doesn't seem to be an SP issue. I have checked the service account, app pools, database permissions etc...All good there.

There is nothing in the event log and fiddler doesn't record any attempt to ping the site.

I think it has something to do with vssphostv5.exe. I cannot find it in the task manager or process explorer. I tried to run it manually and nothing. I also tried to repair VS (this is a fresh install and the first project I am trying to create).

Despite taking hours to repair...the problem still persists.

Any ideas? I'm out!

  • did you start vs as administrator? does the health analyzer show any errors in the Central Administration?
    – Gwny
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 14:39
  • Yep - start as admin, always!! HA does show a few, but only the regular "disk space" stuff you get on dev boxes.
    – SteveCl
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 15:00
  • ok but no missing features or such? I once had some strange problems with your error message which had to do with missing assembly errors in HA.
    – Gwny
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 15:09
  • Nope, nothing like that. It doesn't seem like VS has even got to SP. The error pops up too fast :)
    – SteveCl
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 15:11

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It sounds like a "loopback check" issue. There's two methods to resolve these detailed here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/896861

Since this is a Dev VM I'd suggest the second method.

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    It's not this. I've already disabled loopback check - pretty standard step for a dev vm!
    – SteveCl
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 14:48
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    It might be a "standard step for a dev vm", but your post does not mention that you have disabled it.. Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 16:02
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    Fair point. Loopback is disabled. I did however state that I can browse the site as expected - which would not be the case if "loopback" was getting in the way.
    – SteveCl
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 16:24

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