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SharePoint 2013 - SharePoint Server Search service not starting

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Hi,

I have been having an issue on the set up of SharePoint 2013 when I come to start the SharePoint Server Search service within Central Administrator.

This changes to Error Starting within seconds of starting the service.

I can see from the event viewer that the account that it is trying to use to start the service is not authorised.

This is the log from the event viewer.

The Execute method of the job definition
Microsoft.SharePoint.Administrator.SPServiceInstanceJobDefinition - Threw an exception. More information below

Attempted to perform an unauthorised operation.

I can see the user that is trying to perform the action is not the user account I am logged in as. I have also checked the services and the SharePoint Search Host Controller service is trying to log on as the user in question and when I change this it changes back to the first user account on its own.

So I have to questions really. How do I change this user account to another one, or what does the user account require permissions wise to be able to start this service?

The user account is a local admin, it has access to the Temp directory. It is also a sysadmin and database owner of the sql databases.

Thanks.

Inf
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The account is changed in Central Admin - Security - Service Accounts.  There are two Search services in the Windows Services category.

Did you create a search service app?  Typically you start the search service on servers through the service app, through the initial config or by modifying the topology via PowerShell.
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Hi Ach1lles,

I don't believe I have no.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj839719.aspx 

I am following the above link which tells me I need to start the service after I have copied over my Search SQL databases from the 2010 environment which I have already.
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Did you read this part carefully?

The first step is to start service instances for the five service applications that you can upgrade: the Business Data Connectivity service, Managed Metadata Web Service, PerformancePoint Services service, Secure Store service, User Profile service, and Search service. Most of these service instances can be started from Central Administration. However the SharePoint Server Search service instance must be started by using Windows PowerShell.
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Yes I am only trying to start those above instances and then when I get to the stage where I am starting the Search Service from Powershell it shows as provisioning and then changes in the web interface to Error Starting.
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