SharePoint 2013 Search Admin Component Not Running

After provisioning the SharePoint 2013 Server Preview – Search Service Application – from the Central Administration, I see this error on the Search Administration in the Search Application Topology Section

SP2013_SearchIssue

I had used correct accounts, databases were created, Search related services were running on the server – no go!

Then I deleted the Search Service Application and used the Farm Configuration Wizard – same result.

Fix / Steps

  1. Check if the Usage and Health Service Proxy is working. If not, start it.  This PowerShell Script creates a new Usage and Health Service Application and starts the Usage and Health Service Proxy (Usage and Health Service Proxy Script)
  2. Check – if it still does not work, move to the next step
  3. Delete all service applications
  4. Delete all web applications
  5. Remove the server from the farm
  6. Deleted the configdb and admindb
  7. Install the 3 Hot Fixes as referenced here in Step 6. You need to install 4 Hot Fixes as listed in this blog post. These need to be run after the SharePoint Pre-Requisites have been installed.
  8. Provision SharePoint 2013 Preview Server Configuration Wizard or use PowerShell to provision the farm
  9. Create Search Service Application & Usage and Health Service Application (SharePoint 2013 Usage and Search Service Application Script)
  10. Check – if it still does not work, repeat Steps 3 to 6 and then move to Step 11
  11. Connect VM to the internet (if not connected)
  12. Run Windows Update on the SharePoint 2013 Preview Server
  13. Provision SharePoint 2013 Preview Server Configuration Wizard or use PowerShell to provision the farm
  14. Create Search Service Application & Usage and Health Service Application (SharePoint 2013 Usage and Search Service Application Script)

This is the end result

Search2013P02

You may also be interested in my PowerShell Script to provision SharePoint 2013 (Preview) Search Service Application and you will get clean database names as you see in the picture above.

Reference – Forum Post