Tuesday, July 24, 2012

SharePoint 2013 – Unable to retrieve topology component health states…


I’ve just started playing with the SharePoint 2013 preview –

I had an issue provisioning the search service application in that the Search Service Application Administrative interface in Central Administration was reporting a “Unable to retrieve topology component health states.  This may be because the admin component is not up and running.”



At this stage, it’s a single server farm.  It was a fresh build of Server 2008 R2 SP1 and the server is not a domain controller or hosting SQL.

Initially I did miss a couple of additional hot fixes required after the pre-requisite installer (see step 6 in this article or grab them below)

  • KB 2554876

  • KB 2708075

  • KB 2472264


    After installing these hot fixes, i was still getting the same issue…

    I managed to resolve it by simply running windows update and installing all patches/hotfixes reported as critical.

    Once this had been done (and a reboot or two later) the problem was resolved!



    The updates in installed are below (so it’s one or more of them?)




    1. Yeah this is great unless you are using Windows 2012, then this doesnt fix anything

    2. Awesome post mate !!!!

    3. Guys - I ran into this issue and it took almost a weeks time to fix without reinstalling of SP 2013, but i had to recreate search application multiple times though the problem didn't fixed. Finally using ULS log viewer i noticed that my SharePoint Search Host Controller service / application was running with a different service account, after changing the service account to the same account used for search service account fixed the problem and all issues fixed within minutes.