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Fixing MOSS Search Crawler issue for "The specified address was excluded..."
Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
We recently came across an issue in which some of our SharePoint MOSS documents were not available (could not be found) using MOSS Search. Upon further investigation, the issue was coming from the actual Crawler. We were receiving the following error in our Crawl Log (under Central Admin -> SSP -> Search Settings -> Crawl Logs):
"The specified address was excluded from the index. The crawl rules may have to be modified to include this address. (The item was deleted because it was either not found or the crawler was denied access to it.)"
Upon further digging, there were a number of resolutions that could be applied to fix this issue, but oddly enough, our resolution came from this Microsoft KB article.
As of Windows Server 2003 SP1 and beyond, including Windows Server 2008, Microsoft added a loopback security check to prevent reflection attacks on applicable machines. As a result, indexing alternate mappings (or sometimes default mappings) in SharePoint can often lead to this error, which means your documents are not indexed and therefore not searchable.
There are 2 resolutions offered on this KB, but the first (and Microsoft recommended) fix resolved our issue.
Go to Start -> run -> regedit
Backup your registry before beginning.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\MSV1_0
Right-click on MSV1_0, select new, and then Multi-string value
Enter the name BackConnectionHostNames and press enter
Right-click on BackConnectionHostNames, and select Modify
In the text box, enter a separate hostname on each line. We added a number of them as we have multiple SharePoint sites with
individual domains. Some examples may be sharepoint.mydomain.com, mysites.sharepoint.com, machine-name.sharepoint.com.
Quit the registry editor, and restart the IISAdmin service.
After running a new Full crawl, our issue was resolved.
Just as a point of reference, a few other recommendations that I found while searching:
1. Ensure that the account running your Search indexer is under the group IIS_WPG, WSS_ADMIN_WPG, and WSS_WPG.
2. Ensure that the indexer is running under your Search user in your SharePoint settings. To check this account, go to Central Admin -> SSP -> Search Settings, and select Default Content Access Account. This should be the same user as you added to the groups in 1.
Hopefully that will help some of you out, this was definitely an interesting one.
Indexin' Tom Out.
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