While setting up a new SharePoint 2013 SP1 farm on Windows Server 2012 I ran into a problem where search wasn’t working correctly.
The error being displayed in the search admin screen was:
“Unable to retrieve topology component health states. This may be because the admin component is not up and running.”
I did extensive searches and eventually tracked down a comment by “sheep” on this blog:
It turns out I just needed to install .net 3.5.
Installation was interesting but I found the solution here:
Thanks internet for solving my problem!