Search Administration Error “COM class factory”

Error: Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID {0FF1CE14-0005-0000-0000-000000000000} failed due to the following error: 800703fa​.

I have a medium farm topology with the Query and Search servers separate from the other application components and services.

I first encountered this error when clicking on “Content Source” in Search Administration.

The second time occurred when I got the following error in my event logs:

Log Name: Application
Source: KnowledgeLake
Date: 9/22/2011 3:04:26 PM
Event ID: 0
Task Category: None
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: XXX
Description:
Category: ViewServices:
System.IO.FileNotFoundException: The Web application at https://ABC.comhttps://DCF.COM/ScannedDocLib/20110922.tif could not be found. Verify that you have typed the URL correctly. If the URL should be serving existing content, the system administrator may need to add a new request URL mapping to the intended application. at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSite..ctor(SPFarm farm, Uri requestUri, Boolean contextSite, SPUserToken userToken) at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSite..ctor(String requestUrl) at KnowledgeLake.Imaging.View.Services.Configuration.ConfigurationService.GetConfiguration(String documentUri) at KnowledgeLake.Imaging.View.WebServices.FileInformation.GetViewerConfigurationForDocument(String uri) Event Xml:

The URL for the scanned documents was a mash-up of two different web applications. Going to the Search Administration had a crawl status of All Errors:


And clicking on the “Crawl Logs” from the quick launch resulted in the same COM class factory error.

Both times I was able to resolve the issue by doing an IISRESET on both Query & Search servers. At this time I do not have the cause for this error, but will report again if I discover it.

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