Stopped the WSS Search? D’oh!

If you’re like me, you sometimes play with SharePoint.  In the last SharePoint Services 3.0 installation I noticed that the search function did not give back results, and I went out to scout what the problem was.

The Windows SharePoint Services Search is configured on the Central Administration website, Operations tab and Services on Server section.  There, you can select which server’s services you want to see, and see their running state and if necessary stop them.

I stopped the Windows SharePoint Services Search services, and that was a Bad Idea.