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.

When the user tries to do a search on a SharePoint site the following error is thrown: The search request was unable to connect to the Search Service Along with the above error if the user browses to the SSP Admin site and clicks on Search Settings following error is thrown: The search service is…

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stsadm restore fails with error: The site collection could not be restored. If this problem persists please make sure the content databases are available and have sufficient free space.

This issue may occur because of any of the following reasons: If the computer that is running Windows SharePoint Services has insufficient free disk space that is available to host the restored Windows SharePoint Services Web site. This issue may also occur if the Windows SharePoint Services database has reached its maximum allowed size. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926061…

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After installation of SP2 for WSS 3.0, the HH Mode site collection throws error: The object was not found. (0x80041201)

After you install SP2 for WSS 3.0 the crawl and in turn the search does not work for host header mode sites. The issue happens on the web app which does not have a top level site collection. In the event log, following error is seen: Event Type:           Warning Event Source:       Windows SharePoint Services 3…

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The site owners are not able to create the page on a site (example: http://sharepointsite). They get "Access Denied" message, as soon as they click on create page

1. For a site having Team Site template applied The issue can happen if the Master Pages gallery does not have correct permissions. To resolve this issue verify whether the site owners have at least read  permission to the Master Pages gallery. You can find the Master Pages gallery at: http://sharepointsite/_catalogs/masterpage/Forms/AllItems.aspx 2. For a site…

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Useful links for Microsoft WSS 2.0, 3.0, Search Server 2008, SPS 2003 and MOSS 2007

Home Page ·         Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 ·         Office SharePoint Server 2007 ·         Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 ·         SharePoint Portal Server 2003  Downloadable Content ·         Office SharePoint Server 2007 Technical Library ·         Search Server 2008 Technical Library ·         Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Technical Library ·         SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Administrator’s Guide ·         SharePoint Portal Server…

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‘Request Timed Out’ error when starting the Web Application Service

When you try to start the web application service from the central admin site, you get “Request Timed Out” error in the ULS log. On the central admin site you get unknown error and if you set callstack to true and customerrors to Off in the web.config file of the central admin site you get…

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Spell check does not work on any of the list items on a SharePoint web application.

When users try to run spell check on any of the list items in a SharePoint web application they get the following error: “Spelling did not complete properly. If this problem persists, notify your system administrator.”   The issue occurs because following user permissions for the web application are not checked. 1. Use Remote Interfaces….

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Configuration Wizard fails at 2nd step throwing the error "Incorrect syntax near the keyword ‘in’"

In a SharePoint Farm where SQL Server is installed on one machine and SharePoint is on another, when the Configuration Wizard is run on the SharePoint Server, it fails at 2nd step throwing the following error: Failed to create the configuration database. An exception of type System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException was thrown. Additional exception information: Incorrect syntax near…

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Using what logic does SharePoint creates/restores site collections in a content database?

Imagine a scenario where you have 4 content databases attached with 1 web app.   Database Name Database Status Current Number of Sites Site Level Warning Maximum Number of Sites ContentDB1 Started 5 9 15 ContentDB2 Stopped 2 9 15 ContentDB3 Started 4 9 15 ContentDB4 Started 4 8 15 You create a new site…

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