Thursday, May 14, 2009

Every thing you can do to make WSS search work !!!

If like me you are haunted by Event IDs 2424 and 2436 on your SharePoint server and you have no clue of what needs to be done join the club, WSS has least relation with the search configurations and if you get a search error you can do anything and everything mentioned in this article to get the error away ….

Taking reference from my earlier article WSS search does not work after service account password changes here are the additions

  1. If this issue occurs when you have site running in the Host Header and the search stops working after the Infrastructure update is applied, apply the post infrastructure update or the Service pack 2, this is because the infrastructure update is know to break your AAM mappings check this: and
  2. Use KB 934838 which can update your credentials to use the updates account
  3. Try to make the content access account as the farm administrator
  4. Add the service account to the following groups
  • Administrators

5. On database server, configure the account as:

  • "dbcreator" and "securityadmin" role of the database server
  • "dbowner" of all SharePoint databases including configuration database, content database and search database

6. The alternate Access mappings should have the default running with http://servername:portnumber and in IIS host header should be configured with http port number and second entry as with host header of your site and port 80

7. In web.config set the <identity impersonate = “true”/>, this should help

8. The timer service account must be same as the search services account in the services console and should have permissions in the task folder locate this on c:\windows\task now this is a system folder and will not let you assign permissions, so you can run the following command from start > run > cmd > type the following attrib –s <folder name> this will remove the system attributes from the folder, after your done with giving the permissions you can run attrib +s

9. On Site Actions > site settings > Search Visibility > index all aspx pages

10. Look at the kb

11. go to start > admin tools > component services > component services > My computer > computer > DCOM config > give permissions to the IISadmin and SPSearch components

Go to properties > security tab > edit all the 3 frames and add the service account

12. Now run the command stsadm –o enumservices and note down the output, especially for WSS search

13. Now run the provision the search follow tech net first stop and then start, you will have to provide a new database

14. To check if the search works, run the command stsadm –o spsearch –action fullcrawlstart

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