I had configured my farm without using the wizard – like any good SharePoint Administrator should do. Everything was working great as far as I could tell; I had User Profiles, Taxonomy, Search, the entire Social experiences, email… everything.
As I was setting up for a demo to my customer, I was clicking around the Search Admin pages and noticed the following:
“The chart cannot be rendered. This may be due to a misconfiguration of the Microsoft SharePoint Server State Service. For more information, contact your server administrator.”
It just so happens in my environment that I had never configured the state service, but I searched around and even though I see several points of data that show you how to configure the state service when you are configuring the farm manually I never saw anything that said Search requires the state service for reports. Maybe it should be a given, but in my case everything seemed to work until I got to this point.
After configuring the state service, I was then able to get reports from Search: