The Windows SharePoint Services Search service does not start when the fully qualified domain names of the server are used to configure a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 single server installation. In this scenario, you receive the following error message:
Could not access the Search service configuration database.Additionally, you see the following error message in the Application log:
Event Type: Error Event Source: Windows SharePoint Services 3 Search Event Category: Gatherer Event ID: 10034 Description: Could not access the Search service configuration database. Context: Application 'a4d3090f-d8fb-4e5a-91e4-39282630dba6' Details: The filename or extension is too long. (0x800700ce)
To resolve this issue, apply the following updates:
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.