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Sharepoint search not working

Hello Experts,

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

No results matching your search were found.
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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!
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if you go in the administration page and check the status of the services, the search or indexing service might be stopped
rohitsuryaAuthor Commented:
Thank for the quick comment. Can you be more specific where i should look?

rohitsuryaAuthor Commented:
Services on Server Checked. Search service is running. Also restarted search service from services.
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Are there any errors in the Application Event Log?
sharepoint central administration -> application management -> manage services on this server

and check for SharePoint Server Search
rohitsuryaAuthor Commented:

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!!
it might help to make the password for that account to never expire and prevent remote logon in case needed
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...
rohitsuryaAuthor Commented:
Partially guided the solution.
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