SharePoint 2013 Search Host Controller Service stuck on “Starting”


After installing SharePoint 2013 sometimes I found the Search Host Controller Services hung on “Starting”.

After much fact finding I came across the following that helped resolve my problem.


Run a SharePoint Management Shell in Administrative Mode

Run the following command:

$SA = Get-SPServiceInstance | Where {$_.Status -like “Provisioning”}



After running the above scripts the Search Host Controller Service started.

Blogged by: Gordon

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