Access Denied Crawling sps3 Content Source in SharePoint 2013

No User Profiles Being Crawled

Another quick one. You might notice that no user profiles are being found when you search for them. If you take a look at crawl logs, you’ll probably this error in the crawl logs and think it’s related.


You’d be right – no profiles & this error are very much related.

It’s a simple fix however; the search account just need access to the user profile application as profile data isn’t normal HTTP so your web security policy for the crawler account doesn’t have any effect.


Add the search account & give permissions to retrieve data only.

Crawl again and profiles should start to show up in search results.


Yes, that is a real kitten. She’s a bit bigger now.



Sam Betts

Comments (2)
  1. Andre Alves says:

    I'm getting the same error and I already set the search account as you show in this article, but I still get the same error, do you know if there are more things to set/change that can give the same error? thanks

  2. For sps3, that's pretty much the only permission you can set. Are you sure you set the permission for the right account?

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