Recycle the SharePoint search service

net stop “Office SharePoint Server Search”
net start “Office SharePoint Server Search”
net stop “Windows SharePoint Services Search”
net start “Windows SharePoint Services Search”
net stop “Windows SharePoint Services Administration”
net start “Windows SharePoint Services Administration”
net stop “Windows SharePoint Services Timer”
net start “Windows SharePoint Services Timer”
iisreset /noforce

Obtain search status

stsadm -o osearch -action list

Farm contact e-mail:
Farm service account: domain_serviceaccount
Farm performance level: PartlyReduced

Status: Online
Role: Index

Status: Online
Role: Query

Sharepoint Crawler: "Access is denied"

Ensure the crawl account has Read access to the web application you wish to crawl. Open Central Admin -> Application Management –> Application Security section –> Policy for Web Application. Add the default crawl user here for All Zones for each web application you want to crawl. Be sure to specify the correct web application.

(Note: Find the default content access account in your SSP under Search –> Search Settings.)