Search Service Application stuck in “Paused for:External request”

If you discover that the search service application in your environment is paused (look under “administrative status” under Search Administration in Central Administration), you can first try to find the reason, and if the service is stuck, you can try to force it to resume. Typically, the administrative status could be “Paused for:External request”. If you have this issue, start SharePoint 2013 Management Shell and do the following Continue reading