Configuring the Service Application
As always we begin our journey in Central Administration / Application Management / Manage Service Applications.
Click New / Search Service Application.
Name: Enter a name for your Service Application.
Search Service Account: Click on Register new managed account and ensure your domain account has already been provisioned in Active Directory. I have created a separate search account; e.g. DOMAIN\sp_search
Application Pool for Search Admin Web Service: Create a new application pool for your search admin web service application.
Application Pool for Search Query and Site Settings Web Service: Create a new application pool for your search query web service application.
The search service application will begin its configuration process.
You will eventually be presented with confirmation that the search service application was created successfully.
If we now navigate back to Application Management / Manage Service Applications, you will notice that 2 additional services have been added to our list. These are;
Lets now launch the Search Administration page by clicking on our Search Service Application.
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