I think I need some urgent help here. After some recent user complains that the search does not seem to be working, I've just noticed yesterday from the Central Administration that the "Managed Search Service" is giving the below error.
"The search service is currently offline. Visit the Services on Server page in SharePoint Central Administration to verify whether the service is enabled. This might also be because an indexer move is in progress."
I've tried restarting the server to no avail. A check by my sharepoint vendor says that my SSP is not accessible and that I may want to reconsider restoring to the last successful backup! That cannot happen because the SharePoint backup has never been scheduled and that only server image backups are done and restoring from image backup is unimaginable! Worst still I don't even know when this error happened.
Can some experts advise what are I should do or how I can get more info into the root issue?