I have been publishing to a local server and an Azure server for weeks. Though this morning the VS2012 Express for Web will chrash when trying to publish an WCF or Web API web site I have.
My Dell XPS Laptop with Windows7 was on Standby (I shut the lid) and when I woke it started as if it was powered off and it was completly out of battery. I suspect that over night it turned on moving from Standby to Hibernate and stayed on. It was totally dead of battery as well which indicates an issue.
I may just format and reinstall windows 7 and upgrade to win8 that I have recently purchased.