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Indexing error: Medium Server Farm

  Asked By: Devika    Date: Mar 06    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1022

My system consists of:
1. SQL Server 2000
2. An Index server (SHRINDX)
3. A Front-End/Search server (SHRPRTL)

These are the steps that I took during the install of my medium server

1. Installed SPS 2003 from the CD on both servers. I did not do any
configuring at this point.
2. Downloaded and installed WSS 2003 SP2 on both servers
3. Downloaded and installed SPS 2003 SP2 on both servers
4. I then proceeded to follow the applicable instructions given at :

But I did not set up NLB, as I have only 1 Front-end server.

Now for the problem I have : When I go to "Manage the Search Service"
from "SharePoint Portal Server Central Administration/Component
Configuration", I get the following error:

"An error occurred attempting to connect to the requested indexing
server." under "Search Service Settings"


"Size not available" under "Servers and Topology" against my


"Error Collecting Statistics" under "Indexes and Propagation"


"An error occurred attempting to connect to the requested indexing
server" under "Site Hit Frequency Rules"

Has anyone else encountered this problem? Any help would be



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Damon Garner     Answered On: Mar 06

Sounds like a permissions problem, at least for the connection errors. Check your logs on the server  that received the errors (SHRPRTL?) to see if there is a problem with your service accounts.

Answer #2    Answered By: Karla Morrison     Answered On: Mar 06

Check your content access account. This accounts might not have permission on the content DB.

Answer #3    Answered By: Patricia Richardson     Answered On: Mar 06

I set all the accounts to the same
settings. And this account is a power user on both SHPRTL and
SHRINDX servers.

Configuration Database Administration Account
Default Content Access Account
Portal Site Application Pool Identity

in the "Configure server  Farm Account Settings" page -

all domain account as the value, ie the same domain account that was
used to set up Sharepoint.

Is there any additional settings I need to make to ensure that the
connections can be established?

Answer #4    Answered By: Alexandra Patterson     Answered On: Mar 06

What version of the .NET framework was installed on your machine. I encountered strange problems on my web farm  and it was discovered that the servers had ASP.NET 2.0 on installed which does not play nicely with SharePoint.

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