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Exchange Search doesn't work in OWA, how?

This is using a single MS Exchange 2010 server. Recently, a lot of users told me that in OWA, after they successfully logged on, they tried to use the search, but ended up "blank". What's went wrong, and how to get this search to work again? Please show step-by-step.

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Hi,

It might be possible that the index of Exchange needs to be rebuilt. Just stop the Microsoft Exchange Indexer Service then go to C:\Program files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Mailbox\ Mailbox database\ delete the catalog data folder and then start the Microsoft Exchange Indexer Service for rebuilding the catalog. Or you can also try to reset it by doing the following on the Exchange management shell navigate to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Scripts\ & Run the following script

ResetSearchIndex.ps1

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Manikandan
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Hi Manikandan,

The index was deleted and rebuild, now, still the same thing.
Hi,

Please refer the below link and see if it helps. Also let me know if you have Rollup6 update because i believe this errors is been fixed in that update

http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2011/06/30/after-installing-exchange-2010-service-pack-1-searching-via-owa-or-outlook-online-mode-fails.aspx

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Manikandan
Hi,

Also check the event viewer and see if you're getting some errors or warning related to this. Maybe you might be getting error similar to this

Event Type: Warning
Event Source: MSExchangeIS Mailbox Store
Event Category: General
Event ID: 1025
Date:  10/15/2015
Time:  12:27:26 PM
User:  N/A
Computer: client-01
Description:
An error occurred on database "xyz SG\Mailbox Database".
 Function name or description of problem: Content Indexing received an unusual and unexpect error code from MSSearch
Error: 0x80041606

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Manikandan
Hi Mani,

Thanks for your prompted suggestions. I'll check for the rollup6 and the event log. I'll update for the actions and results.
Hi Mani,

The user wasn't available the whole day. I will try tomorrow.
Hi Mani,

The Exchange 2010 was installed with SP 1 rollup 8. I downloaded and run that repair script follows by reset - rebuild index. However, the result is still the same. Shall I upgrade to SP 3 with rollup?
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Hi,

Try running the script Repair-ExchangeSearchSymlinks.ps1 from the script center. But first you need to download from the script repository site of Microsoft. Refer the below link please

http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2011/06/30/after-installing-exchange-2010-service-pack-1-searching-via-owa-or-outlook-online-mode-fails.aspx

Link for downloading the Script

https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/16afe88b-6c6d-49a3-8b03-2a2ece27f61a

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Manikandan
Hi Mani,

As refer in my previous article, both repair and reset scripts already ran.
Thanks to the expert - Mani, with his suggestion to upgrade to sp3 work perfectly. Now, Exchange search function is working fine.