I have successfully created a new Sharepoint Server Search service, however the Server Search Application that previously existed was giving an error that I couldn't seem to resolve.
As a last resort, I'd deleted the Crawler SQL database backend and thought I could maybe re-create this, failing that restore the backup I had just taken.
No such luck however.
So now I'm stuck without being able to get the Search Administration stuck trying to load the Search Application topology (seems stuck) and a crawl status of not able to connect to the administration compomnent.
Can I remove the Search aspect of Sharepoint, and entirely re-create this, perhaps with the install disks ?