December 11, 2008

MOSS: No search database is associated with the search shared application

When trying to run Configuration Wizard after hotfix updates, Config Wizard stop at step 8/9 and C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\LOGS\Upgrade.log says:

Upgrading (search) shared database from the searchApplication is null but it should not be.

Unable to locate SearchDatabase for the SharedResourceProvider

Exception thrown was: System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: No search database is associated with the search shared application,
at Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Upgrade.SharedResourceProviderSequence.get_SearchDatabase()
at Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Upgrade.SharedResourceProviderSequence.AddNextLevelObjects()

Re-run upgrade using stsadm -o upgrade to ensure the search database gets upgraded appropriately

No search database was found, so skip upgrading it

  • Running stsamd-o upgrade -inplace doesn't help, as it just says: Upgrade completed with errors.
  • Stopping and starting Office SharePoint Server Search in Central Admin doesn't help.
  • In Central Administration > Application Management > Manage this Farm's Shared Services, you might see that Search Database is empty, typing in new search database and re-running the Configuration Wizard doesn't help.
  • Central Administration > Application Management > Check Services Enabled in this Farm says: The Search Service is not enabled for SSP . You should assign an indexer and a search database to this SSP.
Delete SSP and create a new one.


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