Tuesday, May 26, 2009

MOSS Search Access Denied

So I have been running into an issue on Office Share Point where the search service ends with an access denied error when it runs.

"Access is denied. Check that the Default Content Access Account has access to this content, or add a crawl rule to crawl this content."

The fix for this in our situation turned out to come from Microsoft KB 896861.  A lot of solutions focus on making sure account permissions are set up correctly.  However, this lesser known issue is caused by a security feature in IIS that prevents reflection attacks.  The feature gets in the way of the shared services provider when it tries to crawl the site in a single server environment.  The recommended solution is to map a specific hostname to the loopback address.  Check out the KB for the details.

I originally found this article on SharePoint Blogs. Hopefully, promoting this solution will help someone else out there.

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