Tuesday, March 29, 2011

SharePoint:The search request was unable to connect to the Search Service

Resolution:

There was a SharePoint farm not returning search results. The error it returned was

"The search request was unable to connect to the Search Service"

After looking at it, it was a very simple fix. The server wasn't configure to server search queries. A simple ticking of the box in central admin and it fixed the problem. To fix this:
  • Go to Central Admin

  • Operations

  • Services on Server

  • Office SharePoint Server Search Service Setting

  • Make sure "User this server for serving search queries" is checked.


  • Thats it!!!!!!!!!!

    Another thing that could be causing it is the Account used to search might not have the right access needed or the Search services aren't running. Check that

    • Office SharePoint Server Search and
    • Windows SharePoint Services Search

    Should be both running. If you're still having problems, let me know and I'll try to help you out.

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