I'm having a problem when I try to reset the content index in SharePoint 2013. When I try to reset the index from the 'Search Administration Page', the page hangs for about a half-hour then returns "Request Timeout". I have tried resetting via PowerShell using the $searchapp.Reset($true, $false) command from Reset the content index (SharePoint Server 2010) And this also hangs. I did not see the PowerShell command finish, so I can't say what output it would have.

I just tried restarting the SharePoint server and retried from the 'Search Administration Page' and got a timeout. I have not retried from PowerShell. I am assuming I would have the same result as before.

Anyone have any ideas?


I had a related issue and following this answer was able to get the search back up and running:


Once restarted the Timer Service (see full instructions) - i reset the index one more time and now search seems to be back to normal.

good luck!

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  • This seems to have done it, thanks! I had to wait a little bit for the cache to be rebuilt, but we've got it squared away now. It also fixed a problem with our backup system that I didn't know about. Looks like the problem is related either to backup programs or to having less than 24GB of RAM on a single server farm. – DaveO Jan 23 '14 at 19:07
  • Is this officially documented somewhere in msdn/technet – Kannan Nov 16 '15 at 6:32
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    Please note that the link no longer works, which is why link answers are generally a bad idea. – Omegacron Dec 21 '17 at 13:44
  • Your answer is a link that opens broken page, deleted content. Next time don't post just link but instead paste whole or crucial parts. – Danilo May 10 '18 at 10:49

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