Friday, 21 October 2011

SharePoint 2010: The search request was unable to connect to the Search Service

After recreating the search service application within central administration and starting a crawl of the my data sources any subsequent searches within SharePoint resulted in:

“The search request was unable to connect to the Search Service”

The reason for this turned out to be that the SharePoint site was not associated with the new Search Service Application.

You can associate the site with a Search Service Application through:

Central Administration –> Application Management –> Manage web applications

If you then click on the web application that you are trying to perform searches on and click:

Service Connections

This will provide you with a list of all the different service applications available to you site:

Service Connections 2

Once the search service application was associated with the site the search function as expected.

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