Worklog – Wednesday, Feb 25

Service restarts on some hosts.

Looked into automating some periodic restarts. One app vendor suggests using SQL Agent. I don’t really like the idea of using SQL Agent for non-database tasks. Found an interesting exercise in CMD batch file writing in a Microsoft script to restart IIS services. Powershell is another possibility.

Problems with SharePoint search service.

Greg worked on the problem, but emailed me on his day off that the problem continues. Given that the message indicates “access denied,” it seems worthwhile to verify that the gatherer is running with sufficient credentials. But starting with a google search, I found:

I checked SharePoint Central Administration, App Management, and “Manage Search Service,” but I receive an error indicating that the search service isn’t running. I have verified that the “Windows SharePoint Services Search” service is running, and checked the account under which it is running.

Checking logs at C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12LOGS. Looking at the log file corresponding to the warning event time, SHAREPOINT1-20090225-1002.log. Looks like a search process kicked off at 10:16:38.

There are some errors indicating “No administration site found for SSP SharedServices.” But later, the gather is committing changes to the admin site. Nothing leaps out at me, here. Except a ton of errors like this:

02/25/2009 11:32:55.43     w3wp.exe (0x0E58)                           0x0AF4    Windows SharePoint Services       General                           8e1f    High        Failed to find the XML file at location ’12TemplateFeaturesBatchSiteManagerLinksfeature.xml’

I also see a message about the Search Service being disabled. It now makes sense to me that the normal windows indexing service is disabled, and thus the “Manage Search Service” option is disabled. I found the Microsoft Search Server program group, but when I launch the Administrator app, I see an icon appear briefly on the task bar, and then it vanishes. Checking the command-line, I see it runs a STSADM.EXE command. Perhaps I can run that command from a command prompt.

Z:>”C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12BINSTSADM.EXE” -o osearch -action showdefaultsspadmin

‘showdefaultsspadmin’ action failed. Additional information: The site with the id [GUI] could not be found.

So maybe there really is a problem with the administration site. I tried stopping and restarting the Windows SharePoint Services Search service, but that didn’t appear to change anything.

However, it is clear that I don’t know much about Microsoft Search Service and the way it has been deployed.

Getting started with Search Server 2008


File locked issue

Examining a reported locked file, I see that it is held open by sa_ss_srchserv. Related to our search problem above?

Problem with Canon Printer Job codes

Printer is installed correctly, and “Get Device Status” successfully returns information, including Job Code setting. Created footprint 43362 from email thread.

Back to restarting services

A one-line powershell script:

restart-servce PncPrintSpooler*

Run as a scheduled task in the early morning. Found some good pointers on starting a powershell script.

Sr. System Administrator at the University of Vermont

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