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

Symptoms:

You get the message ‘The search request was unable to connect to the Search Service.’ When searching in SharePoint.

Cause:

Because the SharePoint Server has not been shutdown correctly or the server has been just powered off. Normally due the esx host problems.

Solution:

Restart “Office SharePoint Server Search” Windows Services

Restart “Windows SharePoint Services Search” Windows Services

do an IISRESET

So that this is easier I have created a batch files that you can run and it will process all of this.

Create a batch file that contains the following:

net stop “Office SharePoint Server Search”
net start “Office SharePoint Server Search”
net stop “Windows SharePoint Services Search”
net start “Windows SharePoint Services Search”
iisreset
pause

Copy the batch file onto the SharePoint Server. Login to the SharePoint Server and run the batch file as administrator.
This will fix this problem

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