I have a single server running SharePoint 3.0 on WS2003 Sp2 not on a domain. My search service stopped working so I just went in to central admin and hit stop, then hit start. I soon found out this is not the way to do this process. I now can not get the search service to start again. I have tried everything I can think of, and nothing works it changes status to Starting but never gets to started. I have to go in with "stsadm -o spsearch -action stop" from the command prompt to stop it. I am using the Local service account for the service and the content accounts. Can anyone help me?
Anything in the event logs that could point to an issue?
Best preactice is to have a local account that is a member of the local administrators group for stuff like search So maybe SPSEARCH for the search account. We had a SharePoint system that used one account for everything and then when we had to troubleshoot, we could not easily tell what was having the issue. Can you create a local account and add it to the Local Administrator group and use that for the service?