Error Accessing Search Settings

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

I got the following error this morning, when I tried to access Search Settings in the SSP admin: "Authentication failed because the remote party has closed the transport stream."

After snooping around a bit, I found that the .Net 3.5SP1 may be the culprit. I had installed this prior to installing MOSS. I re-ran the setup, repaired and the error went away, great! But that wasn’t the end of it.

Issues began when I tried to split the Query and Indexing roles, The Propagation status (Search Admin) showed “Error” and the Event viewer started showing 6482 errors.

Thanks to Mr V’s blog post:, I managed to get it working...

As I was working in a NON SSL environment, I didn’t realise that the Office Server Web Services had its own self signed certificate, so had ignored the IIS resource kit stuff - that'll teach me to read things properly.

I followed the instructions; the only other thing I had to do is reapply the password for the Default Content Access Account in the SSP Search Settings.

Event Log – Clear!