Error message

This item and all items under it will not be crawled because the owner has set the No Crawl flag to prevent it from being searchable in SharePoint 2013:

Issue: After configuring Search service application and setting everything, when crawling sites it gives the error ”This item and all items under it will not be crawled because the owner has set the No Crawl flag to prevent it from being searchable

Cause

This error may appear in the crawl log when you are trying to crawl SharePoint sites. This is particularly likely for the My Sites host because this template has the flag set to No Crawl by default

Solution

To resolve the issue and avoid errors in the Crawl log, follow the below steps:

  1. Go to your My Sites URL.
  2. Go to Site Settings.
  3. Under Search, go to Search and Offline Availability.
  4. Within Indexing Site Content, set the flag to Yes under Allow this site to appear in search results?

Note: Check the above settings and follow the same steps for Search site (site created with search template).

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See Also

  1. SharePoint Resources on the TechNet Wiki
  2. SharePoint 2013 Portal
  3. SharePoint 2013 - Service Applications
  4. SharePoint 2013 - Resources for Developers
  5. SharePoint 2013 - Resources for IT Pros