An unexpected error has occurred when trying to create an Enterprise Search Center in SharePoint 2010

Posted on Monday, March 15th, 2010 at 6:34 pm in

I thought I’m getting crazy with the above meaningless error message.

I tried to create an Enterprise Search Center within a site collection in SharePoint 2010. But I’ve received this error message all the time. I’ve also tried to create a new site collection, but without success.

Suddenly I had the idea to try it with SharePoint Designer. And voila, I’ve got an error message I can work with.

So the next step was to enable the Publishing Infrastructure feature. Site Actions -> Site Settings -> Site collection features -> SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure and click on “Activate

After this step you can also create the Enterprise Search Center without any error messages :)

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  1. MJC - May 3, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Just what I needed, thanks :-)
    Love the SharePoint designer trick … Gonna use that in the future.

  2. TomPier - May 6, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    great post as usual!

  3. emt training - May 20, 2010 at 6:51 am

    this post is very usefull thx!

  4. Chris W - May 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Great stuff! This morning’s stress has been lifted thanks to this solution!

  5. Amy - June 6, 2010 at 6:38 am

    great post as usual!

  6. Nilesh Mehta - August 2, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks Bud.

    Helped me out a lot. Appreciate it. Keep posting more stuff.

    Cheers,
    Nilesh

  7. ultrasound technician - August 24, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Great site. A lot of useful information here. IÔÇÖm sending it to some friends!

  8. Peter - February 20, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Great site thanks for sharing – how did you open the error message page in sharepoint designer?

  9. Hans - February 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Within SharePoint Designer just use “Open Site” to open one. Afterwards you can create almost everything there, for example new subsites.

  10. Sausage From Hong Kong - February 22, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Very Very useful, saved my life and time

    5 stars!!!!

  11. Kim - May 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you Thank you!

  12. Mac - October 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I started getting this error after I installed SP Designer and tried to modify a master page using it.

    The solution doesn’t work for me since I get that error when i try to access the “Site collection features”…

    Any ideas?

  13. Mac - October 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I started getting this error after I installed SP Designer and tried to modify a master page using it.

    The solution doesn\’t work for me since I get that error when i try to access the \"Site collection features\"…

    Any ideas?

  14. SharePoint Blogs in German - January 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    How to: SharePoint 2010, Enterprise Search einrichten…

    F├╝r einen kleinen ShowCase basierend auf SharePoint 2010 habe ich ein paar Sites eingerichtet und hier…

  15. victor - August 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Oh My GOD thanks man I dont know if to cry or just go home early.
    So simple.

  16. Prateek - September 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Excellent solution , saved my day. The error message is really dumb and i bet without your help I would have been moving in circles.
    thanks mate

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