Create a Web Application in SharePoint 2013

From Central Admin click on Manage web applications under Application Management.

In the ribbon click New

I’m going to choose to rename the IIS web site, but this is really just up to the user.  In my case there is no need to allow anonymous access.  I’m also not using SSL.

Here comes something new.  I only have the option to select a Claims Authentication Type instead of either Claims or Classic.  It is possible to select classic, but only via powershell.  I’m going to have to research this and write a separate blog post about it as well.  Another couple topics to look for in the future will be setting up FBA and Trusted Identity providers.  For this post I’m going to stick to Window Auth and NTLM.

So with claims comes the option for a custom sign in page.  I’m going to stick to the default for this, and I am not using a host header, so no need for a different URL although I will remove the 80.

Next I’m going to name my application pool and select my content user to run it.  I’m also going to name my database with a prefix.

I have no failover database, and don’t have much by way of Service Apps at present.  I am going to select Enable Customer Experience Improvement Program in this case because this is the preview.

After this I click OK and SharePoint politely apologizes for making me wait 🙂

From here I have the option to create a Site Collection, which I will leave for another blog post.