Original we only have one all-in-one server. Recently we add a new server (VM) and decide to use it as WFE. The old one will become APP server. I followed the procedure here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc261752(v=office.15).aspx#addserver

Basically I install sharepoint on the new server and run product configuration wizard. I verified with a client computer I can login to sharepoint site (with URL point to original server). Then I updated the HOST file to have the URL point to new WFE server.

When I browse to the URL I get password prompt as usual. After login 3 times it throw me a blank white page. I have verified the Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Web Application is started on WFE.

However I can login to central administration page at the WFE server localhost using URL like http: appserver:30895/

What else I have missed? Thanks.

  • did you update your AAM?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 15:57
  • No. Because I only use the URL as default zone. I have 2 web application plus the central admin page: appserver:30895, web.domain.com (default zone), blog.domain.com (default zone)
    – Mark L
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 16:12
  • After more test, I believe it is authentication issue. By some reason it doesn't authenticate with AD at all.
    – Mark L
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 16:16
  • do you have the kerberos Authentication?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 16:22
  • I checked on manage web application I am using CLAIMS for the 2 web app and Windows for central admin as auth provider. I just tested point the URL back to old server I can login again. So I don't know why new server do not do authentication properly.
    – Mark L
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 16:37

2 Answers 2


If you installed the system as a "Stand Alone" install (see dialog box in figure 1 of this article) I believe you are not able to add any additional servers to the farm. If this was done, you'll most likely have to completely re-install the farm on your new host, migrate the content databases, then reinstall your original server to join the farm.

  • No I am not using standalone. In the old server I have SQL2008, ADDS there.
    – Mark L
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 16:15

At the beginning, I have a single VM have SQL, Sharepoint 2013, AD, etc installed. Everything is running fine.

Later, I clone this VM, change this computername (or hostname) and join it to orginial server's farm. I can complete the installation wizard and product configuration wizard. However, as I mentioned in the question, users cannot login using this new server as WFE.

I think the cause is the VM is not clear. It has numberous settings including the AD stuff on server.

So I create a new VM with a blank new install win2008. Install everything and join to the existing farm. Everything is fine this time.

Thanks for all of your input!

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