I have just upgraded my version of Tridion from 5.3 to 2011. When I try to perform a search within the Content Manager Explorer I get the following error message (in the Message Center)

(80040356) The remote server returned an error: (503) Server Unavailable.
Unable to get the list of search results.
Error occured while processing the request: Service Unavailable.



Opening Firebug when performing the search I get a 500 Internal Server Error when accessing http://myserver/WebUI/Models/TCM54/Services/Lists.svc/GetListSearch.

Any ideas?


I'm pretty sure search was working correctly before I changed the users that my Tridion services run as. I changed all the services from the default NETWORK_SERVICE (I think) to individual user accounts such as MYDOMAIN\tcmbuscon and MYDOMAIN\tcmsearchhost etc. as documented in the Tridion Installation manual.

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Is your search service running on the local CMS (TCMSearchHost.Exe)?

Do you get 500 errors on all models that are of /TCM54/ ? - if so that could mean your com+ service isn't running.

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Tridion\bin\x64\TcmSearchHost.exe is running on my server. How do I check that my COM+ Service is running? Commented May 10, 2013 at 15:18
  • @KevinBrydon - go to > administrative tools > component services > - expand down through component services, your local machine to com+ services - here you can right click on the sdl tridion items and stop and start them as need be
    – johnwinter
    Commented May 10, 2013 at 17:04
  • Sorry for the late reply. In the COM+ Applications I right click on SDL Tridion Content Manager and click Start. My problem is still there. Any other ideas? Commented May 13, 2013 at 11:26

Check for following:

  1. In your CMS server, go Server Explorer -> Configuration -> Local User & Groups and ensure a User group SDL User Search (or something like that) is available - It get configured during your installation. And further ensure it is part of the Administrative group
  2. Check whether your MTS user is a part of this SDL User Search Group
  3. Ensure your MTS user is same with which you have performed the installation
  4. Go to the CMS server and execute http://localhost:8983/Tridion or http://[cms host name]:8983/Tridion and see if it is working - else go through the installation manual to make it work or let us know the error you are facing
  5. check for following settings in the SDL Tridion Content Manager Configuration MMC and ensure they all are correct: enter image description here

Ensure that all of the above points should work as expected.

  • Sorry for the late reply. Steps 1, 2 and 3 are ok. When I try step 4 I get a 503. Problem accessing /Tridion. SERVICE_UNAVAILABLE Commented May 13, 2013 at 11:23
  • Two other points. 1. My Content Manager Snap In is different to yours. It has two sub folders Indexer Service Settings and Query Engine Settings. 2. My Tridion Content Manager Search Host runs under MYDOMAIN\tcmsearchhost. Commented May 13, 2013 at 11:37
  • Regarding (4) - It looks like the issue with your installation - follow the installation manual and re-verify whether your have missed any step - or take help from SDL Tridion Support. May be you can try running your Tridion Services including the one you mentioned above by either MTS User or Network service. Regarding (5), I have put up this screen shot from SDL Live content, looks like it is not updated here - You are right though as you mentioned for two folders in SDL Tridion 2011. In each of them these folders these 4 setting mentioned above would be there. Commented May 13, 2013 at 13:17
  • Thanks. I contacted Tridion support yesterday. Just waiting on a reply. Commented May 14, 2013 at 12:25

Could you please verify port 8983 is open (no firewalls) and that is controlled by the TcmSearchHost Process.

The steps are:

  1. In a Command Prompt Window run netstat -a -n -o
  2. You can see the process ID (list as PID) of the process using tcp port 8983. Take note of that number (let's say PID_NUMBER)
  3. Run: *tasklist /svc /FI "PID eq PID_NUMBER"*

A working system should be output something similar to:

Image Name PID Process

========================= ======== ======================

TcmSearchHost.exe 1960 TcmSearchHost

Hope it helps.

  • As stated above they are not able to access the URL even from the CMS server itself. Commented May 14, 2013 at 6:41
  • I've run what you said and get the correct "working system" output. Commented May 14, 2013 at 12:25
  • Could you try the following to make sure the service is starting without problems? 1. Stop the Tridion Content Manager Search Host from Windows Services. 2. From a command prompt go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Tridion\solr-jetty (the installation path may differ from your system) and run the batch start.bat 3. If there are no errors in the startup process you should be able to access localhost:8983 Note the above URL does not have Tridion in it. I had a similar problem and the issue was with Java. For some reason Windows was starting the service without errors. Commented May 14, 2013 at 13:16

This is the solution to my specific problem. If you are experiencing something similar you should contact SDL support and follow their advice or you may void your warranty.

After contacting SDL Support I was able to solve my problem.

  1. Stop both the TcmSearchHost service and the TcmSearchIndexer service.
  2. Start the TcmSearchHost service and checked the most recent jetty log (C:\Program Files (x86)\Tridion\log\xxxx_xx_xx.jetty.log). This shoudl show an Access Denied error for a file in C:\Windows\Temp\Jetty_0_0_0_0_8983_apache.solr.war____u5n80a\....
  3. Give your search and indexer users read, write and modify access to C:\Windows\Temp\Jetty_0_0_0_0_8983_apache.solr.war____u5n80a
  4. Restart the search and indexer services.
  • Yes, support is always useful, Generally you should have your MTS user have read/write access to Windows Temp folder and on the similar note generally you do have your search and indexer user as MTS user. So unless you have not played with it, you will not have such issue. Commented May 15, 2013 at 15:19
  • @PankajGaur In the official Tridion 2011 documentation it mentions setting the services to run under certain user accounts (tcmsearchhost, tcmbuscon etc etc) so that's what I did. Commented May 15, 2013 at 16:14

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