I want to configure SharePoint Search Service with local accounts. The server is not connected with Active Directory. Also the SharePoint which is installed is a single server farm.

I tried to configure service both OOTB and Powershell but was getting below errors:

1. The search service is not able to connect to the machine that hosts the administration component. Verify that the administration component 'f3148b8a-f8a9-4d97-ae41-fa083dcd351a' in search application 'Search Service Application' is in a good state and try again

2. Errors were encountered during the configuration of the Search Service Application. System.ArgumentException: The SDDL string contains an invalid sid or a sid that cannot be translated.

Please assist me to configure SharePoint Search Service with local accounts.

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You need read article: SharePoint 2013: Service Accounts

SP Search Service

  • Search Service Account
  • Used for:
    • Windows user credentials for the SharePoint Search service
  • Domain account

SP Search Crawl

  • Default Content Access Account

  • Used for:

    • For Search service application to crawl content.
  • Domain account

  • This account must have read access to external or secure content sources that SharePoint will be crawling.

  • For SharePoint sites that are not part of the server farm, this account must explicitly be granted full read permissions to the web applications that host the sites

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