Sharepoint search not working

Posted on 2011-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Hello Experts,

I am unable to search in SharePoint. all search queries return to

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This is a stand alone config. I have fixed this issue before with a stsadm command but cant think of it right now ( shud have documented)

Would be great if someone can help me out!
Question by:rohitsurya
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    Assisted Solution

    if you go in the administration page and check the status of the services, the search or indexing service might be stopped

    Author Comment

    Thank for the quick comment. Can you be more specific where i should look?


    Author Comment

    Services on Server Checked. Search service is running. Also restarted search service from services.
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    Expert Comment

    Are there any errors in the Application Event Log?
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    Assisted Solution

    sharepoint central administration -> application management -> manage services on this server

    and check for SharePoint Server Search

    Author Comment


    Its working now after i did these three things,

    1) restarted the server
    2) restarted the search service
    3) did a full crawl under search adminitration

    but i am stil not sure why my server updates option got disabled? and the event viewer gave this error

    Could not access the Search service configuration database.

    the default account is set to my AD and i recently changed password. So updated that also.

    But its fixed now!!
    LVL 3

    Assisted Solution

    it might help to make the password for that account to never expire and prevent remote logon in case needed
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    Accepted Solution

    update your default access content in the search too with that account and new password...Make sure for services you use service accounts with password never expires...

    Author Closing Comment

    Partially guided the solution.

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