Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SharePoint search error: Application server administration job failed for service instance Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administation.Search

While working with SharePoint Search, I got an error saying that “Application Server Administration job failed for service instance Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.SearchServiceInstance”.

I have changed the service application user instances and reset the index to be crawled. 
Tried to create a new search application with same search crawls and indexes. But neither was worked in my case. Digging into deep I have found this blog explain the cause and solution for problem.

We can get this error when configuration DB having older data than file system data in front end server. We can fix this issue by using the steps below,

  • Navigate to windows service and stop SharePoint Timer Services, Open SharePoint cache folder located in “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\SharePoint\Config”. Check for Config.ini file, Backup the file.
  • Delete all XML configuration files in GUID folder other than Config.ini file and double click on Cache.ini file. Select all the data and click n delete. Enter “1” (number 1), save and close the file. 
  • Start Windows SharePoint service.  Now file system will be re stored with all the configuration files in GUID folder.
It worked for me. Hope this helps.

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