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Search Crawl status throwing error

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 27, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint


We installed MOSS on our clients machine and Search has been problematic from the getgo.

When we have performed a forced restart on the osearch service (http://bruteforcesharepoint.blogspot.com/2009_04_01_archive.html), within the next couple of hours the crawler status wil be Error. But, search at this point is still working. Indexing basically stops and event errors are thrown in the event logs, but searching is still possible.

Here are the symptoms:

  • the Crawl status is 'Error'
  • /ssp/admin/_layouts/searchsspsettings.aspx (Search Settings page) is throwing a HTTP 403 error : The website declined to show this webpage.
  • I can still get to the Search Administration, and when I go to view the Content Sources or view the crawl logs specifically, I get the same 403 error.

When I try to 'Reset all crawled content', that is when Search dies. I get the message an exception error message.

When I try to stop the Office SharePoint Search service in Central Admin, it hangs in the Stopping state. It'll only come out of this if I go through the task manger and manually force the process to stop and then start it again using the stsadm -o osearch -action start -role index command then search starts again. And I have to reset the crawled content and perform a f

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