Unable to delete a corrupted Search Service Application

Problem

I recently had to recreate a corrupted search service application on my farm. I tried deleting the service application from Central Administration but the ‘Please wait’ dialog just kept showing and nothing happened. I then tried deleting it using PowerShell using the Remove-SPServiceApplication command. After pressing enter, I waited for about 15 minutes and still nothing happened.

Solution

Use stsadm -o deleteconfigurationobject -id “your search service application ID”

This did the trick and the search service application was removed very quickly.

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