Access denied, can’t crawl web application.

30 06 2011

This strange incident just happened on a brand new farm.
I was able to crawl, mysites and cthub, but for whatever reason my http://portal url was un-crawlable. I took to the google and found a bunch of post stating the famed disableloopback reg edit suggested by the forum gods:

Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
In Registry Editor, locate and then click the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa
Right-click Lsa, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
Type DisableLoopbackCheck, and then press ENTER.
Right-click DisableLoopbackCheck, and then click Modify.
In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
Quit Registry Editor, and then restart your computer.


I was still getting access denied. So why is the cthub web app yield successful crawls but not the portal web app?
So my next step was just to create a random web app with a random port number, detach the portal content database, attach it to random web app and crawl.
It totally worked. So i configured AAM on random web app to http://portal, added the name of the new web app to the content source (along with sps3) and crawled again.

Content started flowing like water. Why did it do this? I do not know, but at least search works.






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