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.SearchServiceInstance
Reason:   

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.

Happy Coding...!!!