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WSS 3.0 with search server express 2008 not working correctly

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Hello Experts,

I am trying to configure cross site searching in WSS 3.0

I have a simple 3 server farm at the moment.

Server 1 - WSS outgoing email
Server 2 - Central Admin \ Office Sharepoint Server Search \ WSS search \ WSS web app
Server 3 - SQL 2008 Server \ WSS database

When I installed search server express 2008 I walked through the setup which configured a SSP and associated my web applications to it.

When I go into search administrator I can edit content source and run a full crawl which seems to work. However if I try to go to the crawl log or edit crawl schedule I get an access denied error and also it still seems like I cannot search across the sites.

Any ideas?
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by:rseabird
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Check if the account you use for searching has access to the resources. Best practice is to use a (special) AD account and not a network_service or something like that.
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OK,

The default content access account is a domain account that has access to the resources. It seems like the search is now working and the crawl works but I cannot set a crawl schedule because this error pops up


Error: Access denied
Current User
You are currently signed in as: domain\user

Sign in as different user

I am signed in as a farm administrator and I also try the search account but no luck
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by:rseabird
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Make sure the farm administrator account has also the appropriate rights on the ssp. This is not always the case!
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by:Raymo12
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Where do you set that at?
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by:rseabird
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The best is to go to the site actions of the Shared Services Administration. Go to advanced permission and add the user and give it Full control.
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Yep I checked and the farm administrator account has full control. Only the crawl log and when I try to create a crawl schedule is when this access denied error shows up. But I can do a full crawl without errors and search is working WTF?

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Man that really seems like it would have worked but still no luck.
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Did you try to delete and recreate the SSP? It seems that something 'inside' went wrong.
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not yet. I was hoping to avoid that but I might have to. I have a test box I can try it on. What would the steps be to do this?
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Yep that's what I did on my test site. I'll report back on how it goes.

Thanks!
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OK I got it to work on my test server. I noticed that on my production box no site is designated as the administrative site host so maybe it fouled up on initial setup. One last question. When I create a new SSP should the associated web application be on a port other than 80 which is what my primary site is using?

Thanks so much for your help!
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