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I am trying to start a new SharePoint 2013 empty project in Visual Studio 2012. When I validate the URL to connect to the server, I get a connection error (see attached) enter image description here. I am a Farm Administrator, and Site Collection Administator, but still can't connect and need to develop some apps.

  • Are you able browse the target site outside in web browser? – Muhammad Zeeshan Tahir Apr 29 '16 at 16:43
  • Also, you really should not need to work on the server to develop a SharePoint App (called Add-in now). – Nisarg Apr 29 '16 at 17:15
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If you are developing SharePoint Provider-Hosted Apps, then you don't want to do a SP2013 empty project. That is designed for a server-side WSP solution, which requires you to run Visual Studio on the SharePoint Server itself - so, to create an empty 2013 project you'll need to be on the WFE box.

Do you get the same error if you try to create an "App for SharePoint"?

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Added I.P. Address and localhost to the hosts file. Also added to the DBObjects Owner groups in SQL Server.

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