How to start the WSS Search Service via Central Administrator

When you stop and start the WSS Search Service in Central Administrator (Operations=>Services on server=>Windows SharePoint Services Search), you may get the following error:

Database_name contains user-defined schema.  Databases must be empty before they can be used.  Delete all of the tables, stored procedures and other objects or use a different database.

Follow below steps to fix this issue:

Step 1 – Stop SQL Server service

Step 2 – Delete files WSS_Search_ Servername.mdf  and WSS_Search_ Servername_log.LDF

Step 3 – Start SQL Server service

Step 4 – Restart the WSS Search Service again (Provide new name for search database, old database name might not work.)


About Rajan
I am Rajan Garg working as a Senior Software Engineer in a company. I am working on the Microsoft technologies.

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