I've got a weird bug in one of the SharePoint 2013 Foundation farms. Search Service is configured. Full crawl went OK with no errors. Now, when I'm trying to click on one of the links below. I get an eror:

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Stack trace:

WebException: The remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden.] Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Internal.UI.SearchObjectAdminPageBase.ErrorHandler(Object sender, EventArgs e) +296 System.Web.UI.Page.HandleError(Exception e) +164 System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint) +12573451 System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequest(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint) +12572973 System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequest() +119 System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequest(HttpContext context) +99 System.Web.CallHandlerExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute() +913 System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously) +165

Additinal info:

  • Search Server pool and Application app pools are site collection administrators if matters.
  • I don't get any access denied errors anywhere else on the portal, including Search Center Service Application.
  • I can access any page on the portal with no restrictions whatsoever.

I will be grateful for any suggestions as to why this is happening.

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Here is the 2007 solution, think it should work for 2013 as well: http://blogs.technet.com/b/sushrao/archive/2009/03/26/microsoft-office-sharepoint-server-2007-moss-403-forbidden-error-when-clicked-on-search-settings-page.aspx

  • This worked for me in 2010 and since these mechanics haven't changed it should still work in 2013.
    – Quatic
    May 26, 2015 at 12:09
  • thank you, but WSS_WPG group already had all permissions to the Tasks folder. App Pool and Search accounts are members for this group May 26, 2015 at 14:11

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