Default View Missing – Incremental Search Crawl Stuck – Solution

Problem: SharePoint incremental crawl stuck at a particular point of time – without changing the crawling status from: “Crawling Incremental”. No progress in search crawl log. No new items were included in the search crawl.

Root cause: Default view files/associations missing in some of the lists and libraries. When crawler crawls those lists and libraries, it just stuck there! I tried browsing those lists and libraries from the “View all Site content” page. Found those libraries were pointing to their settings page, instead of “AllItems.aspx”!

Solution: Create a Default View using PowerShell:

Add-PSSnapin microsoft.sharepoint.powershell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

#Array to Hold Result - PSObjects
$ResultsColl = @()

$WebApp = Get-SPWebApplication ""

#Get All site collections of the Web Application 
  $SitesColl = $webApp.Sites 
  #Iterate through each site collection/sub-site
  foreach($Site in $SitesColl)
    foreach($web in $site.AllWebs)
          foreach($list in $web.lists) #Lable for Processing all lists. Otherwise, we'll get collection modified error
                if($list.hidden -eq $false)
                    if($list.defaultview -eq $null)
                     write-host $web.URL - List Name: $list.title
                     $ResultItem = New-Object PSObject
                     $ResultItem | Add-Member -MemberType NoteProperty -name "WebURL" -value $web.URL 
                     $ResultItem | Add-Member -MemberType NoteProperty -Name "ListName" -value $list.title

                     #Add the object with property to an Array
                     $ResultsColl += $ResultItem
#Process Each List and Create a View in them
#We need to process each list in this separate section 
#Because, modifying any object in the collection will thorw: Collection modified exception

foreach($Result in $ResultsColl)
    $web = Get-SPWeb $Result.WebURL
    $list = $web.Lists[$Result.ListName]
    #Create the default view
    $BaseView = $list.GetUncustomizedViewByBaseViewId(0); # Standard View
    $viewColl = $BaseView.ViewFields.ToStringCollection();
    $list.Views.Add("Default", $viewColl, $BaseView.Query, $BaseView.RowLimit, $BaseView.Paged, $true);

#Export the result Array to CSV file
$ResultsColl | Export-CSV "D:\NoDefaultView.csv" -NoTypeInformation 
write-host "Script execution has been Completed!"

The above script creates a default view on a list where its missing. Run the script and initiate a crawl 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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