Yes, it happened today morning. I'm unable to do a search in my MOSS website. When tried search, I got an error: "The search request was unable to connect to the search service." when I tried to do a full crawl, then it hangs there with "Starting" stage, Then I tried to stop and start the Office SharePoint search in Central admin, but I cannot stop it. It's status shows "stopping". Hmmm
Here are the things you can try go get this issue solved:
stsadm -o osearch -action stop
stsadm -o osearch -action start
Or You can try:
net stop oSearch
net start oSearch
If you still run into the same issue, then try the following:
psconfig -cmd services -install
This will configure SharePoint search again!!!
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