Recently I've face some issues while creating Search Service Application in SharePoint 2013 Preview.
After creation Search Service Application, search topology displays the following message: "Unable to retrieve topology component health states. This may be because the admin component is not up and running." When I started full crawl results, it got struck in "Starting".
ULS log shows following information:
Application Server Administration job failed for service instance Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.SearchServiceInstanceReason:
Failed to connect to system manager. SystemManagerLocations: net.tcp://<<some location>>Technical Support Details: System.InvalidOperationException: Failed to connect to system manager. SystemManagerLocations: net.tcp://<<some location>> ---> System.ServiceModel.EndpointNotFoundException: There was no endpoint listening at net.tcp://sp13beta/E0C7FF/AdminComponent1/Management/NodeController that could accept the message. This is often caused by an incorrect address or SOAP action. See InnerException, if present, for more details.
Reason behind the issue: Operation system prevents few responsible Dlls for Admin component (for search service application) to load.
Fix: Install this KB 2567680 and reboot the system.
NOTE: Rest of the prerequisites are already listed here.