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One of our clients was running the “Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Web Application” service on all of their Application Servers. In order to gain some more performance and memory, I recommended stopping this service on all of the Application Servers. The issue was that Central Administration is located on one of the Application Servers. When I tried to create a new Web Application in Central Admin, it was no longer able to see all the available Application Pools (As seen below).



We have two options here:

  1. Start the "Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Web Application” service on the Central Admin server
  2. Move Central Administration to one of the Web Front Ends

To move the Central Admin follow the steps below:

  1. Log on to the server where you want the new Central Admin to reside.
  2. Open the “SharePoint 2010 Management Shell” and run New-SPCentralAdministration -Port 12345
  3. This will provision Central Admin on the new server
  4. Once the previous step is completed, log on to the new Central Admin using http://servername:12345
  5. Go to System Settings, Manage Services on Server
  6. Select to the old Central Admin Server and Stop the “Central Administration” service

If you have any questions please leave a comment.