Today, I had an issue with SharePoint 2010 Server Search service on a Project Server 2010 farm showing Error Stopping, it wouldn't go away after I deleted a Seach Service Application that was failing.
To resolve, I had to use the following steps:
- Stop service: SharePoint Server Search 14
- Run in Powershell: get-spenterpriseseachserviceinstance
- Run in Powershell: stop-spenterpriseseachserviceinstance <ID GUID showing from step 2>
- Now the Server Search Service should show as stopped in CA
After that I was able to re-create the Search Service Application w/o issues...