WSS 3.0 Search Service won't start using Central Admin

Posted on 2011-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Hi everyone,

I am using WSS 3.0 with SQL 2005 in a farm configuration. I have tried many times to start the "Windows SharePoint Services Search" in Central Admin but I receive a Server Error in '/' Application.

Any ideas what this might be from? I have tried everything and running out of ideas. I have one AD accounts that I checked have access to the SQL server, and is also a FARM administrator. I have also tried a non-FARM admin account and I am getting the same error. The Application event logs have the following error:

Evetn ID 1003
Information 04/20/2011 4:57:13 PM Windows SharePoint Search Services 3 Search
Description: The search service started

Event ID 10035
Warning 04/20/2011 4:57:13 PM Windows SharePoint Search Services 3 Search
Description: Could not import the registry hive into the registry because it does not exist in the configuration database.

Event ID 2426
Error 04/20/2011 4:57:16 PM Windows SharePoint Search Services 3 Search
Description: Advise Status Change Failed. The system is probably low on resources. Free up resources and restart the service.
Context: Application 'Search' Catalog "index file on search server Search'
Details: 0x80041812

Event ID 10029
Error 04/20/2011 4:57:16 PM Windows SharePoint Search Services 3 Search
backing up the registry hive to the configuration database. Context: Application 'Search index file on search server'
Details: Access is denied (0x80070005)

Question by:RetiredScriptingGuy
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    Expert Comment

    Was there any update recently applied to the WSS server?

    Is there enough disk space on the server?  <--- has the same event id errors as you are currently experiencing.

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    Expert Comment

    So are you low on system resources?
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    Accepted Solution

    We are still not sure why the system resources are low. We are still troubleshooting by changing the Application Pool Size "Maximum Virtual Memory (in Megabytes)" to reduce the number of errors.

    The Search is working now, what I did was log onto the Server using the Service Account and then verified that with that account I could:
    1. read/open the database
    2. read/open the registry
    3. read/open the 12 hive the index file location
    5. make sure the account was listed as a Farm, Local Admin, and SQL dbo

    After verifying those were correct, I configured SP Search just using STSADM Commands.
    2. Then answer Yes to delete the index files
    4. "STSADM -o SPSEARCH -action List" (to print out the SQL database server, database name, and verify all the content dbs and index locations are listed
    5. "STSADM -o SPSEARCH -action fullcrawlstart -farmserviceaccount <Domain\UserName> -farmservicepassword "<insert password>" -databaseserver spssvr114 -databasename WSS_Search4_spssvr094
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    Author Closing Comment

    The trick was if the GUI is producing errors, make sure you try to use the STSADM Commands.

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