Fixing SharePoint Search Server 2008: The content index is corrupt

Another Search Server 2008 arm-wrestle.

Client was getting “Content index on Portal_Content could not be initialized. Error The content index is corrupt” in the Application event log. The full crawl was stuck in the “Crawling” state and would not stop. I tried stopping the crawl, but it again got stuck in the “Stopping” stage and would never go idle. Numerous service and machine resets also didn’t work.

I needed to reset the index content via the following:

1. Navigate to the Search Administration page
2. On the left-hand menu select “Reset all crawled content”
3. Tick “Deactivate search alerts during reset”
4. Click “Reset Now” and wait for it to complete. Your search admin page should now say zero documents in the search index
5. Start a full content crawl

Check the status page to make sure it is working.
5. Take a deep breath and

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