- Search service stuck on status “Error Stopping”:
It is disallowed to use the Stop at the services on server page. I think it tells you that you should use topology configuration for each search service application instead. Once the “Error Stopping” state is displayed you can clear it by using:
stsadm -o osearch -action start
As Thuan says, you can restart the OSearch14 service itself (SharePoint Server Search 14). From the command prompt, I use:
net stop osearch14 facilitate
In a normal environment, the process will restart by itself.
To STOP the search Service:
stsadm -o osearch -action stop