SharePoint 2007 Search Issues and Solutions

Error:  
“The search service is currently offline. Visit the services on server page in SharePoint central administration to verify whether the service is enabled. This might also be because an indexer move is in progress”  

Here is the Fix:

  1. Open central admin >> Operations
  2. Go to Services on the server and locate your index server
  3. On “Office SharePoint Server Search” click “Stop”. This reconfigures it.
  4. Now click “Start”
  5. Then click “Shared Services Administration”, hover over the failing SSP, and select edit.
  6. You will notice now the indexer is not selected. Select it from the drop-down.
  7. The server you have selected is probably the same server you used before. If it is, go to that server and locate the indexer files. It is in the text box right below the drop-down you just used. For me, it was “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\12.0\Data\Office Server\Applications”. There you will find a folder with GUID, At the end of that folder add
    “-old”. Now go back to your SSP and click OK. Wait for a minute and the index will recreate the GUID folder.
  8. That’s all. Fixed

Error: “No index file path”

Here is the way to set Index File Path externally when it is not coming for an Existing SSP

stsadm.exe -o editssp -title <SSP_Name> -indexserver <index_Server_Name> -indexlocation “E:\Index\Office Server\Applications”
-ssplogin <SSP APP POOL account> -ssppassword <Password>

To resolve this for new SSP here are some references:

How do I solve the “no indexers” problem in SharePoint central admin?

no indexers

Follow this article for the remedy: http://blog.cjvandyk.com/2007/04/how-do-i-solve-no-indexers-problem-in.html

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

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