Archive for month: March, 2013

#SharePoint 2013 Search – The gatherer service cannot be initialized

19 Mar 2013
March 19, 2013

I installed SharePoint 2013 on a test system yesterday and was faced with the problem that the search, after successfully provisioning it – did not work. Boo!


There are several noticeable Symptoms

The crawl log shows 1 Top Level Error and 1 Error:


Crawl log with 1 Top Level Error and 1 Error

The Eventlog shows some warnings and an error


Eventlog with the error “The gatherer service cannot be initialized”

with the following text – not the best error description (again):


In my case the solution was quite simple. The Temp folder is not the %WINDIR%\Temp or C:\Temp folder – it’s the location of the search index. I installed SP2013 with AutoSPInstaller (<= highly recommended!) with default values, then the index is located in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\14.0\Data\Office Server\Applications

If you provisioned the Search Service with my powershell script – then you can customized the Index Location with the $IndexLocation variable in the settings region.

I can’t tell yet if that problem is related to my installation –. I tried to get more information about this problem and it seems like this could happen if you relocated your index, too.

Now to fix the problem, modify the permissions of the Applications folder or the parent folder of your search location.

Grant the local WSS_WPG group at least modify permissions on the folder – in my screenshot I granted full control, it’s just a test system…

Then restart the Search Service, easiest with PowerShell:


Altered permissions to fix the issue

Did it work for you?

If (not) – would love to hear your feedback!

Chocolatey: Created two new SharePoint “Helpers” for lazy developers

12 Mar 2013
March 12, 2013

I mentioned Chocolatey and Powershell quite often in the last time, today I created two little helpers and uploaded them to the chocolatey gallery.

The two super-awesome (and simple) packages called SharePoint.HiveShortcut.Desktop and SharePoint.HiveShortCut.Explorer – and the name indicates it, they create shortcuts to the hive folder.

I could just upload the two lines of powershell on this blog, but I totally like the Chocolatey approach – makes it easy for everyone.

Video or it did not happen!

Why you need the Hive-folder?

Good question, most of the time if something is not working as expected. Ever wondered if a feature is where it should be? Images missing? Unsupported customizations? 14-/ 15- folder is the place to go.


SharePoint.HiveShortcut.Desktop: Chocolatey Gallery

SharePoint.HiveShortcut.Explorer: Chocolatey Gallery

Github repository for all my SharePoint chocolatey packages.

Next tools for Chocolatey

On my personal roadmap are two tools which will be available on the chocolatey gallery very soon.

  • SharePoint Manager
  • Caml Designer

Something missing?

Go drop me a line or use the comments!

SharePoint Toolbox #012: AutoSPSourceBuilder

11 Mar 2013
March 11, 2013

Today a new webcast on the SharePoint Toolbox was released. It’s about the very cool AutoSPSourcebuilder powershell script.


The webcast shows you how to create SharePoint 2013 installer package with bundled Prerequisites (so you can install SharePoint without Internet-Connection) and includes the SharePoint 2013 Cumulative Update December 2012. Language packs or even Service packs could be added, too.

Its available in English and German.

Feedback, questions or tool suggestions much appreciated.

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