Sharepoint Search process cannot access the file

Clement, Phil 96 Reputation points
2020-12-16T11:18:21.137+00:00

Having the following error for a number of content items in a SharePoint search crawl.

The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070020) ( SearchID = 23C293F9-B001-4EA9-BA16-C768E56459D0 )

Not sure how to resolve this one, only advice i can see in a farm restart

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  1. Clement, Phil 96 Reputation points
    2020-12-17T15:47:43.653+00:00

    Ended up doing a farm restart and running a full crawl seems to have solved the issue.


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  1. JoyZ 18,041 Reputation points
    2020-12-17T06:55:22.007+00:00

    Hi @Clement, Phil ,

    Whether the issue occurs when you crawl the Local SharePoint sites content source?

    If it is true, follow the article to configure the antivirus software to exclude folders from antivirus scanning.

    If the issue still exists, try to disable antivirus then full crawl again to check the result.

    In addition, you could use ULS viewer to check ULS logs for any other clues.

    Similar issue for your reference:

    https://sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/255061/details-for-adding-search-service-account-to-server-local-policies

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