SharePoint Search service is in Hung state, Starting or Stopping?

Yes, it happened this morning. I’m unable to do a search on 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 the “Starting” stage, Then I tried to stop and start the Office SharePoint search in Central admin, but I cannot stop it. Its status shows “stopping”. Hmm

SharePoint Search service is in Hung state - Starting or Stopping


Here are the things you can try to get this issue solved:
stsadm -o osearch -action stop
stsadm -o osearch -action start

Restart Search Service

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!!!

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - Information Technology Expert with Two decades of hands-on experience, specializing in SharePoint, PowerShell, Microsoft 365, and related products. Passionate about sharing the deep technical knowledge and experience to help others, through the real-world articles!

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