Using SharePoint 2013 after an upgrade you might run into a situation where the crawl refuses to work because of privilege problems. This can result from the crawl account not having particular rights. Here is how you solve it.

SharePoint Solution:

The crawl account did not have sufficient privileges to access the security attributes of this file or folder. Ensure the crawl account has the ‘Manage auditing and security log’ privilege.

This can happen during an upgrade if the path in the Content Source doesn’t include file://

In the Content Source:

  1. Delete the path and save.
  2. Reenter Content Source, add path back and save.
  3. Content will now search


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