Search Connectors pops Credentials every time

Category: sharepoint 2013 - general discussions and questions


Doratheexplorer23 on Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:24:28


I installed SP 2013 Foundation and created a search website (crawling our network drives), then created a search connector. With this search connector my users can use the (basic Windows 7) search to show Sharepoint's results through Windows Explorer.

However, when a (non-admin) user is trying to use the search (through Windows Explorer, NOT a Browser like Internet Explorer!) the credentials windows popup. Even if insert correct credentials, it will just popup again.

- I gave everyone full permissions to my search site (http://intranet/websites/searchcenter)
- If someone uses the Browser (IE, Firefox etc.) on that said, no credentials asked and everything works
- only for the search connector (shown above in the screenshot) credentials popup will appear
- checked eventviewer of domain controllers + Sharepoint 2013 Server (nothing logged there)

I am aware of the "Trusted Sites" in IE Settings, and "auto logon" options (also IE settings). Tried it, didn't change a thing.

An ideas?


Victoria Xia on Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:11:44


Please use fiddler to track the message returned when non-admin users use the search through windows explorer to see if there are any error messages.

Best Regards,


Doratheexplorer23 on Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:26:11

Hello Victoria,

Line 5 is when I login with admin account. (= success)

Googled for 401 errors, obviously it's related only to web browsers.

- tried adding my SP-Server to "trusted sites", also to "local intranet sites"
- started service "webclient" (accordingly to this

Doratheexplorer23 on Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:57:34

Ok it's working now.

The fiddler returns showed in some error log this link (never been to this page at all!): http://intranet/_layouts/15/srchrss.aspx?k=%2A&count=1&start=1

On this site is another link to http://intranet/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/SitePages/Homepage.aspx

After I granted "everyone" the right to view this page, the search connectors works now.

Appearently the search connector is not only tied to the actualy page where you want to search, it is also tied to this "Homepage.aspx". Guess this makes sense for a Sharepoint professional. For me, I think it should be enough to grant access to my search-site (http://intranet/websites/searchcenter).


Victoria Xia on Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:51:38

Hi Doratheexplorer23,

I am glad that your issue has been resolved.

You can mark your reply as answer and it will help other users who meet the same issue in this forum.

Best Regards,


Doratheexplorer23 on Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:10:57

But then the "marked as answer" reply will be at the top of all postings, this will result in unnecessary/redundant postings, which is hard to read in this forums.

1. Opening posting
2. marked as answer
3. Posting #3
4. Posting #4 which is ALSO the "marked as answer"

Sorry but this forum system s****. No offense.