Accessing search.asmx from a site collection

My goal was to setup a desktop app to query the SharePoint Search Web Service located at: http://webApp/managedPath/siteCollection/_vti_bin/search.asmx

Guide for creating the app:

In my app, I needed to query a site collection, not the root site. Also needed to pass in my test-account username, password, and domain.

Error 1:

System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapException: Server was unable to process request. ---> Attempted to perform an unauthorized operation.
at System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapHttpClientProtocol.ReadResponse(SoapClientMessage message, WebResponse response, Stream responseStream, Boolean asyncCall)

Error 2:

System.Net.WebException: The request failed with HTTP status 401: Unauthorized.
at System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapHttpClientProtocol.ReadResponse(SoapClientMessage message, WebResponse response, Stream responseStream, Boolean asyncCall)

Error1 was the primary issue.
Error2 was related to an incorrect login.

When creating my app, I used a web reference pointing to http://webApp/managedPath/siteCollection/_vti_bin/search.asmx . After receiving Error1 countless times, I opened the App.config file. In there I found the answer…

For some great reason, Visual Studio updated the reference to point to the root web app, not the site collection.


Updated the App.config file to point to the site collection, no more Error1.


Connection I used:

//queryService.Credentials = System.Net.CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials;
queryService.Credentials = new NetworkCredential("testAccountName", "thePassword", "domain");

Parameter name: userProfileApplicationProxy

Had a contractor leave the company and return. Often this creates issues because we don’t run a ‘dead account cleaner’ often enough.

To get around this, I run the script below to get the ‘new’ Active Directory account synced with the new Active Directory account.


$user = Get-SPUser -web "" -Identity "Mydomain\TheUser"
Move-SPUser -Identity $user -newalias "Mydomain\TheUser" -IgnoreSID 

Where I went wrong… I remoted’ into one of the servers in the farm using my personal NT login. By doing this, I was receiving the error below. Once I remoted’ into the server using the Admin account, I was able to run the script.

Move-SPUser : Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: userProfileApplicationProxy
At line:1 char:12
+ Move-SPUser <<<< -Identity $user -newalias "Mydomain\TheUser" -IgnoreSID + CategoryInfo : InvalidData: (Microsoft.Share...PCmdletMoveUser: SPCmdletMoveUser) [Move-SPUser], ArgumentNullException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPCmdletMoveUser

Inventory Web App Using PowerShell

Ask: We need an Excel spreadsheet that will list out all the Sites, List, Libraries for a given Web App in SharePoint.

Found this post link, then modified it for my needs.

function Get-WebAppInventory($WebAppName) {
    $farm = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPFarm]::Local
    foreach ($spService in $farm.Services) {
        if (!($spService -is [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService])) {

        foreach ($webApp in $spService.WebApplications) {
            if ($webApp -is [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPAdministrationWebApplication]) { continue }
			if($ -eq $WebAppName)
            foreach ($site in $webApp.Sites) {
                foreach ($web in $site.AllWebs) {
                        foreach ($list in $web.Lists) {
							$data = @{
								"Site" = $site.Url
                                "Web" = $web.Url
                                "list" = $list.Title
								"Type" = $list.BaseType	
								"Item Count" = $list.ItemCount
								"Last Item Modified" = $list.LastItemModifiedDate
                            New-Object PSObject -Property $data
#Get-WebAppInventory "SharePointed - name.sharepointed.com80" | Out-GridView
Get-WebAppInventory "SharePointed - name.sharepointed.com80" | Export-Csv -NoTypeInformation -Path c:\inventory2.csv

Above you have two options, Out-GridView or Export-CSV. You can use both or comment out one of the lines.

To get the parameter I’m passing to the function, you will need to look in Central Admin at your Web Apps list. Central Admin –> Application Management section –> Manage web applications. (_admin/WebApplicationList.aspx). In there, copy the name of the Web App.

You can modify the $data = @{ section to bring in other properties of the List.

My Site Emails Not Sending

In SharePoint 2010 I noticed I wasn’t receiving updates when people posted stuff on my MySite.

Turns out, my Active Directory Sync is not working, and my email account was not being populated in my User Profile.

Fix it!

Central Administration –> Manage User Profiles
Find the person having the issue.
Update the email address.
Cruise over to the mysite, post a note, look in your inbox for an email.