Since we completed some work on our SharePoint environment the search crawls on some of the site collections are generating thousands of failures. The ULS logs refer to a COWSServer ?
Here is a extract of the log
COWSServer has already been initialized, Url, hr=80041201 state = 1 [sts3util.cxx:1309] d:\office\source\search\native\gather\protocols\sts3\sts3util.cxx
My search crawl db has also grown to over 300GB since this occurred. Total content db size about 1Tb (multi dbs)
Does anyone have ideas on what this is ? I googled "COWSServer" but didn't really come up with anything useful.